[Update] ESPN has confirmed that Bracketbusters will end after this season.
According to Murray State Athletic Director Allen Ward, (per WPSD) teams are still contractually obliged to play return games even when Bracketbusters ends.
[Original Story] After almost ten years, the Mid-major event known as ESPN Bracketbusters will end after this season, according to a tweet from the Metro Atlantic Conference Commissioner, Rich Ensor.
Ensor tweeted the news Tuesday morning, saying it opens up a number of games for the 2013-14 MAAC schedule.
ESPN to end the BracketBusters event after the 2012 games-good run, many good games for MAAC, opens scheduling for 2014 MAAC schedule
— Rich Ensor (@MAACCommish) December 11, 2012
The series began in 2003 with 18 teams participating, but has ballooned to 122 teams, including every Ohio Valley Conference team. This year’s event will be staged Feb. 22-23. The matchups will be announced Jan. 28.
Murray State, and possibly Belmont are currently expected to be featured teams during this year’s event.