Guest: Allan Barra Sports Columnist, Wall Street Journal Contributor, The New York Times David Porter Author, Fixed: How Goodfellas Bought Boston College Basketball (Taylor Publishing, 2001) Bob Thompson Professor of Film & Television, Syracuse University Director of the Center for the Study of Popular Television, Syracuse University President of the Popular Culture Association Jack Grubbs University of Kentucky basketball fan Wally Renfro Public Relations Director, NCAA Millions of Americans are gearing up to watch the NCAA basketball tournament. It's become a national rite of spring. Games are televised late into the night and office workers everywhere are betting on them. Some believe it's become the nation's premier sporting event. The appeal of NCAA basketball on Talk of the Nation from NPR news.