Fans are fed up with this viral trend during March Madness


March Madness can be an emotional time for die-hard college basketball fans.

Watching your team get blown out or lose on a buzzer-beater is dispiriting.

While adults usually manage to channel those feelings into an exasperated eyeroll, frown or head shake, younger fans sometimes let the tears flow.

In recent years, shots of children bawling in the stands after their team loses have become irresistible to TV producers, and the CBS and Turner broadcasts of this year’s NCAA tournament have taken it to another level.

It seems like the end of every game in the first two rounds has thrust a miserable kid into the limelight.

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On top of that, rival fans share these images on social media, turning a crying child into a viral joke.

Well, many viewers have had enough of this trend.

Sports media figures are also speaking out.

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Andrew Marchand of the New York Post is among them.

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“The problem with the children crying is it is unneeded and gratuitous,” he wrote. “The broadcasts have repeatedly shown young kids — around 8 to 12 years old — after their teams’ losses. …

“Worst of all, the networks went for seconds and thirds on some of these shots. The lingering felt especially wrong.”

Marchand took his concerns to CBS — and was told the crying kids aren’t going away anytime soon.

“It is part of the drama and the storytelling of the event,” Harold Bryant, CBS’ executive producer, told him. “It is part of the emotion of the tournament.”

Marchand asked Bryant if he would want his own 10-year-old child shown on national TV crying.

The producer declined to answer.

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Todd Windsor is a senior story editor at The Western Journal. He has worked as an editor or reporter in news and sports for more than 30 years.
Todd Windsor is a senior story editor at The Western Journal. He was born in Baltimore and grew up in Maryland. He graduated from the University of Miami (he dreams of wearing the turnover chain) and has worked as an editor and reporter in news and sports for more than 30 years. Todd started at The Miami News (defunct) and went on to work at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., the St. Petersburg (now Tampa Bay) Times, The Baltimore Sun and Space News before joining Liftable Media in 2016. He and his beautiful wife have two amazing daughters and a very old Beagle.
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