March 12th, 2012
11:31 AM ET
(CNN) - It’s a rare chance to beat President Obama at his own game.
The basketball-fan-in-chief has unveiled his bracket in a highly choreographed ESPN special for the last three years. The same drill is expected this year before the first games begin Tuesday.
But now the president’s reelection campaign is soliciting supporters to fill out their own bracket and will publish the names of all the individuals whose brackets end up out-performing the president’s.
Of course, there is a catch. In the process of filling out a bracket, participants are required to divulge personal information like their e-mail address and zip code –valuable commodities to any campaign seeking to expand its potential fundraising network.
Obama’s bracket will be released before Tuesday’s first round of games in Dayton, Ohio, where the president – along with British Prime Minister David Cameron – will attend an early-round game featuring Mississippi Valley State vs. Western Kentucky.
The president has gone 1-3 in calling the NCAA championship winner. In 2009, he correctly forecasted North Carolina would be cutting down the nets on the final weekend. But he wrongly went with Kansas in 2010 and 2011. The Jayhawks fell during the Elite 8 round in 2011 and were upset in the second round in 2010.