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Kantar: March Madness Ad Revenue Expected to Rise

The big dance that is the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament draws big ad bucks.

In fact, college hoops’ March Madness is second only to NFL football in terms of generating ad spending, according to a report by Kantar Media.

Last year the NFL playoffs generated $1.25 billion in revenue, followed by the NCAA tournament at $1.19 billion, the NBA playoffs at $944 million, Major League Baseball at $415 million, and NCAA Football Bowl games at $314 million, the report said.

Turner and CBS, which will televise the tournament, are posed to exceed last year’s total, which was up 4.8% from 2014, Kantar said.

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Jon has been business editor of Broadcasting+Cable since 2010. He focuses on revenue-generating activities, including advertising and distribution, as well as executive intrigue and merger and acquisition activity. Just about any story is fair game, if a dollar sign can make its way into the article. Before B+C, Jon covered the industry for TVWeek, Cable World, Electronic Media, Advertising Age and The New York Post. A native New Yorker, Jon is hiding in plain sight in the suburbs of Chicago.