The NCAA college basketball tournament kicks off this week – and everyone is tuning in. Here are some things to know about the basketball. The Bloomberg Government Women’s and Men’s Bracket can be downloaded below.
1. Basketball has two basic plays: Zone and Man to Man. Coaches will often develop new plays, such as 5-out motion offense or a quick hitter, to get their team to success.
With Bloomberg Government’s meeting notes you can talk to the key players on your team and assign out a point for your policy focus to power forward on issues and keep you centered on your organization’s priorities!
2. Basketball player statistics really help you understand who the strong players on your team are, what their shooting average is, and other key statistics.
Need to know that on the go for congressional staffers? Bloomberg Government’s new mobile application allows you to quickly look up key players on issues, office, party, and even which school they attended. Need to know the 600 staffers that work on financial issues, the 20 staffers who went to U. Albany, or the 74 staffers who went to UCLA? All of that information is easily available on the go!
3. The federal government currently has 21 open solicitations to create or repair basketball courts (this number will change over time), which is something they spent $2M on in FY18. GSA Schedule 78, which the government uses to purchase sports equipment, saw $74.2M in spending over FY18, with DoD accounting for 58 percent of that total.
4. Last year, Congressman Payne said it best: “Thank you, Madam Speaker, Madam Speaker, today begins the best time of the year, March Madness is in full effect as of noon today. And I am here to support a team that I have followed for 50 years in college basketball, the Seton Hall Pirates. 30 years ago, Madam Speaker, they played for the championship of the Final Four against a Michigan team and lost by one point. Today, we have another team that has the potential of going all the way.”
From legislative debate to one-minute speeches, Bloomberg Government has all the coverage you need on and off the congressional floor.
With BGOV’s Floor Watch feed and alerting system, you do not need to watch the floor to watch your favorite topics come up or the debate on the floor. You can also read:
- Rep. Collins talk about playing basketball with Governor Deal’s son. (https://www.bgov.com/us_legislation?niReferrerLink=topnav-ga#!/floor_watch/week/2019/1/16)
- How much Rep. Marshall loved hearing his Kansas State Wildcats win by 1 point. (https://www.bgov.com/us_legislation?niReferrerLink=topnav-ga#!/floor_watch/week/2019/1/14)
- Rep. Fitzpatrick talk about the generosity of the Rubin family in donating a new scoreboard to a Pennsylvania school. (https://www.bgov.com/us_legislation?niReferrerLink=topnav-ga#!/floor_watch/week/2019/1/09)
5. The basketball court is not the only place that people push for success. The NCAA spent $400,000 in 2018 lobbying on a variety of important issues, including S. 3793, the Sports Wagering Market Integrity Act of 2018; issues related to stadium security and drones; and sports medicine licensing. (https://www.bgov.com/core/lobbying/lobbying_clients#!/938028)
6. There were 34 different pieces of legislation dealing with basketball in the 115th Congress. One piece of legislation would allow the U.S. Mint to produce coins in recognition of the 60th anniversary of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren, the bill had 70 co-sponsors.
7. Senators love their home sports teams! With BGOV’s legislative tracking, you can track this and more legislation! https://www.bgov.com/core/search/bills/app?niReferrerLink=topnav-ga#!/
- Senator Bob Casey introduced and the senate passed S. Res 482 that congratulated the Villanova University Wildcats for winning the 2018 NCAA Division I men’s tournament. https://www.bgov.com/core/legislation/federal/bills#!/6548285144479563968
- Senator Tim Scott introduced a resolution (S. Res. 141) congratulating the University of South Carolina’s women’s team for winning the 2017 women’s tournament. https://www.bgov.com/core/legislation/federal/bills/#!/6413257987518103610
- In 2018, Senator Roy Blunt introduced S. Res. 461 to congratulate the Central Missouri Jennies for winning the Division II Tournament. https://www.bgov.com/core/legislation/federal/bills#!/6543832277174976556
- Senator Joe Donnelly introduced S. Res. 493 congratulating the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame for winning the 2018 Division I women’s tournament. https://www.bgov.com/core/legislation/federal/bills#!/6549027589875302428
- Rep. Barbara Lee introduced H. Res. 387 in 2017 to congratulate the Golden State Warriors on their National Basketball Association Championship. https://www.bgov.com/core/legislation/federal/bills#!/6432156453505859742 In 2018, she introduced H. Res. 940 which was a resolution “congratulating the Golden State Warriors for their dominant back-to-back championship victory in the 2018 National Basketball Association Finals!” https://www.bgov.com/core/legislation/federal/bills#!/6566930465094893608
8. BGOV’s regulation tracking allows you to see what different organizations submitted on proposed regulations. Recently, 83 FR 61462 called for a new rule related to Title IX. Comments included feedback from Women’s Law Project, Physicians for Reproductive Health, Vanderbilt Medical Center, and many others:
9. The NCAA College Basketball Hall of Fame is located in Kansas City, MO, inside the 5th Congressional District of Missouri represented by Emanuel Cleaver. Using BGOV data, you can find out that the median household income is $50,663, 14.7 percent of the population is below the poverty level, and 27.7 percent has a bachelor’s degree or higher. https://www.bgov.com/core/bgov_labs/projects/?niReferrerLink=topnav-ga#!/CD_ACS
10. The National Basketball Hall of Fame is located in the 1st District of Massachusetts represented by Richard E. Neal. Using BGOV data you can find out that the median household income is $55,465, 14.2 percent of the population is below the poverty level, and 29.5 percent has a bachelor’s degree or higher.
We’ve paired Bloomberg Government data with NCAA Women’s and Men’s Basketball. Check it out: