Intersport and ESPN Announce New Original Series Bracket Genius

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Intersport and ESPN Announce New Original Series Bracket Genius

16 Teams Compete to Determine the True “Bracket Genius” this Month on ESPN2

Chicago (March 14, 2017)Bracket Genius, a brand new quiz show, hosted by popular ESPN personality and six-time Emmy award winner Trey Wingo, will debut Wednesday, March 15, with all episodes airing on ESPN2. Bracket Genius will pit university academic teams, consisting of three undergraduate students, against one another in a bracket-style competition for the chance to have their team crowned the inaugural Bracket Genius Champion and share the prize of $100,000. The final 16 universities represented on the hardwood will match up in the same head-to-head games on Bracket Genius where the winner advances by answering questions spanning history, geography, politics, literature, science, pop culture, the arts and sports in a race to score as many points as possible against the clock and their opponent.

“Every March, college basketball fans are entertained by the athletic genius displayed by their favorite players on the game’s biggest stage,” said Intersport’s Executive Producer John Paquet. “The Bracket Genius platform captures that excitement and provides fans yet another reason to cheer for their favorite college or university while celebrating academics and championing the everyday college student.”

Trey Wingo’s unique combination of wit and humor and his experience hosting a diverse array of marquee ESPN programming including SportsCenter, NFL Live, NCAA Women’s Final Four, Baseball Tonight, NBA 2Night and the NFL Draft made him a perfect fit to host Bracket Genius.

“I’m excited to be a part of the show and channel my inner Wink Martindale,” said Wingo. “This show, like all the best things in life, is all about the kids.”

The eight-episode Bracket Genius series is currently scheduled to debut Wednesday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 with a half-hour “Study Guide” episode showcasing the playing format along with original behind-the-scenes footage from potential Bracket Genius teams and ESPN personalities.

The opening round matchups are scheduled to air Wednesday, March 22 and Sunday, March 26 at 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET. Each half-hour episode will feature four teams vying for the chance to advance to the Bracket Genius Championship episode.

Bonus round episodes will air Monday, March 27 at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. ET. These half-hour episodes, Bracket Genius: Extra Credit, will give the four Championship contenders a chance to win extra cash prizes of up to $25,000 per episode.

The remaining four teams will face off in the Bracket Genius Championship episode scheduled to air on Tuesday, April 4 at 7 p.m. The one-hour finale will feature two semifinal matchups, with winners advancing to the final head-to-head battle to determine the Bracket Genius Champion and $100,000 winning team.

Sponsors include GEICO, Devour Frozen Meals and College Ave Student Loans.

About Intersport

Since 1985, Intersport has been an award-winning innovator and leader in the creation of sports, lifestyle and entertainment-based marketing platforms. With expertise in Sponsorship Consulting, Experiential Marketing, Hospitality, Customer Engagement, Content Marketing, Productions and Sports Properties, this Chicago-based Marketing & Media Solutions Company helps their clients to create ideas, content and experiences that attract and engage passionate audiences. To learn more about Intersport, visit, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (@IntersportBuzz).


Anna Negron

It was always a dream of mine to work at ESPN, and here I am! I joined the College Sports PR team in March 2016. Hailing from the great Garden State, I graduated from Seton Hall University (Go Pirates!) with a degree in sport management, where I not only sang the National Anthem at games, but was also a member of the Seton Hall Sapphires Dance Team and a student reporter for Pirate Sports Network. Before joining ESPN, I served as a Public Relations Associate for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
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