U.S. Basketball Participation – Including March Madness®
Many play, few are invited.
- 26.3 million people play basketball in the U.S. (U.S. population: 308.7 million).
- 15.5 million participate in casual and pick-up play.
- 10.8 million participate in some form of organized play.
- 5.8 million play for their school or college.
Probability of a perfect bracket: 1 in 35,360,000,000.
NCAA Basketball Players:
- Number of people in Division III = 12,675
- Number of people in Division II = 8,325
- Over 5,000 men and 5,000 women play Division I basketball in the NCAA
This year (2012) 1,050 men and 850 women have made it to the tournament.
1 in 5 Division I teams make it.
Over 800,000,000 will be watching...
The 2012 NCAA® men’s & women’s basketball tournaments are here. Last year a combined total of 868 million viewers watched the tournaments - 185 million tuned in to the women’s games and 683 million watched the men’s. The men’s final game alone drew 20.1 million viewers.
What makes these tournaments intriguing?
Americans play a lot of basketball. While over 10,000 men and women play Division I NCAA basketball, over 26 million Americans play basketball in one form or another - from pick-up games to organized leagues to school & college teams.
Probability of going pro: Men’s
- High School to NCAA = Less than 1 in 35 players
- NCAA to NBA = About 1 in 75 players
- High School to NBA = About 1 in 3,333 players
2012 Men’s Tournament:
- 67 games
- 2,680 minutes of play
- 68 Div I teams
Probability of going pro: Women’s
- High School to NCAA = About 1 in 33 players
- NCAA to WNBA = Less than 1 in 100 players
- High School to WNBA = 1 in 5,000 players
2012 Women’s Tournament:
- 63 games
- 2,520 minutes of play
- 64 Div I teams
Top home states represented in 2012 tournament:
- Men’s - California - 90 players (0.0002% of state population)
Women’s - Texas - 86 players (0.0003% of state population)
- Men’s - New York - 64 players (0.0003% of state population)
Women’s - California - 80 players (0.0002% of state population)
- Men’s - Texas - 53 players (0.0002% of state population)
Women’s - Ohio - 43 players (0.0004% of state population)
- Men’s - North Carolina - 49 players (0.0005% of state population)
Women’s - New York - 41 players (0.0002% of state population)
- Men’s - Illinois - 47 players (0.0004% of state population)
Women’s - Tennessee - 38 players (0.0006% of state population)
2012 tournament players from around the world:
- Men’s - 100 Non-U.S. Players
Women’s - 41 Non-U.S. Players
- Men’s - 30 countries represented
Women’s - 16 countries represented
- Top countries represented:
Men’s - Canada, Australia, Senegal, Camaroon, France
Women’s - Canada, Australia, France, Latvia, Sweden
- 2011 and 2012 Tournament Info, Probability of Going Pro -
- U.S. Trends in Team Sports -
- The Perfect Bracket -
- State Populations -
- Other Statistics -
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