Heard through Dylan's Twitter, from http://www.sportsbybrooks.com/source-march-madness-with-96-teams-done-de... :
"Sources at ESPN and inside the administration at a powerhouse NCAA basketball school told me today that the NCAA basketball tournament going to 96 teams is a “done deal.”
An ESPN source said, “It’s a done deal with the expansion of the tournament. Depending on how soon a (TV) deal is done, the added teams could start next year. The NCAA confirmed that bidders would be interested in 96 teams, so they’re going with it.” "
Yikes, 31 additional games to the tournament seems really excessive.