March Madness starts this week, and a lot of people are pretty excited. And why wouldn't you be? The basketball tournament has it all—competition, suspense, the opportunity to get drunk and heckle people from other colleges.
But there's also a slightly darker side to the tradition that often gets buried beneath the hype (and the beer). Leave it to John Oliver to be the bearer of bad sports news about an American pastime.
On Sunday's episode of Last Week Tonight, the comedian decided to take March Madness to task for the admittedly totally unfair amounts of money it makes. As he pointed out, the tradition brings in over $1 billion in ad revenue annually, which is even more than the Super Bowl. In fact, almost every aspect of every basketball game is sponsored, from the halftime show to moments of the game to the ladder players use to cut down the net after the game.