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Lots of college basketball fans associate the ​NCAA Tournament with the iconic March Madness theme song. But the composer of that song, Bob Christianson, likely associates the tournament with one thing – royalty payments. 

That's right, every time the March Madness theme song is used, Christianson, a ​University of Michigan alum, gets a royalty. Christianson even gets paid from the eight notes that take the NCAA Tournament games to commercial breaks.


The song was first used 26 years ago, and Christianson has been raking in the dough ever since.

Considering there are 67 total games in the NCAA Tournament, it's not exactly a stretch to say Christianson is probably a bigger March Madness fan than even the most passionate college basketball enthusiasts.


This year's NCAA Tournament is just getting underway, meaning there are lots and lots of games yet to be played, and lots and lots of times that we will hear those eight notes heading to a commercial break. If you're like the rest of us, you're probably really happy March Madness is finally back. But you're probably not as happy as Christianson is.


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