What's not to love about NCAA basketball's thrilling, chilling March Madness? It's awesome, baby, as sports announcer Dick Vitale would tell anyone within screaming distance. No argument here. But what about the problem gambler placing a wager with the rent money? The 18-year-old under intense pressure to do the impossible? Or the employee sneaking a peek at a game or two when he should be working? Over the next several days, as part of U.S. News's monthly series The Chat Room, four authors with an inside perspective get their say on the good and the bad, first in this space and then as guests on the Thomas Jefferson Street blog.
The Magic Amid the Madness
NCAA tourney stirs the soul unlike any other, says Seth Davis.
Recession the Ultimate Bracket Buster
Fear of firing will keep eyes on the real ball, writes John Challenger.
Advertising Scores! It's a Beautiful Thing
Lousy economy can't slow marketers' big dance, says Walter Guarino.
Losing More Than a Simple Wager
Problem gambling starts long before Sweet 16, warns Tim Otteman.