Bracket procrastinators crash CBS Sports' websites just before tip-off

Posted at 12:14 PM, Mar 16, 2017

Just hours before NCAA Tournament games were set to tip off, CBS Sports’ website experienced widespread outages.

The outages were likely caused by a large amount of traffic from procrastinators trying to make last-second changes to their brackets. CBS Sports requires users to have their brackets completed before the first round begins.

NCAA Tournament games began at 12:15 p.m., when Notre Dame takes on Princeton. Service was restored shortly after tip-off.

CBS Sports issued the following statement to CNN.

"During the hour before the first tip, service was down due to overwhelming demand. We certainly regret the outage but are pleased to say that service has since been restored."



This isn't the first time fantasy sports has caused a website to crash. In week one of the 2016 NFL season, increased traffic on ESPN's Fantasy Football app caused widespread outages.

Social media users took to Twitter to express their frustration with CBS Sports.












Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.