If you watched the end of the Loyola-Chicago-Miami game, you are well aware that March Madness is officially here. I was barely functioning during the second half of the Gonzaga-UNCG game, having picked the Zags into my Final Four this year but at least they held on. About the best I can say is that I did not get knocked out on the first day, which has happened way too often. It leads us to Ethics Madness II.

Just as March Madness is a ritual for all basketball junkies, Jason Meyer is creating another type of Madness which is becoming almost as interesting. Jason premiered Ethics Madness last year on March Madness’s first weekend and he is back this year with Ethics Madness II. I was fortunate to participate last year, and Jason has invited me back for this, our sophmore year. We will be live blogging while watching games on Friday afternoon from 2-6 Eastern Daylight Time. It is not simply an excuse to watch basketball and call it work. It is also a ton of fun.

This year Jason has invited Mr. Radical Compliance himself (and my partner on Compliance into the Weeds) Matt Kelly to join us from snow-bound Boston. We hope to be joined by several guests who will try to join the conversation for a while, including Amy McDonough, Richard Bistrong, and Jason’s friend Dan Day, who is a communications honcho at Princeton. What will we cover? Here is how Jason explained it,

“WHAT WE WILL TALK ABOUT: Whatever we want to. Who’s to stop us?! To me, there are three dominant themes driving the thread:

One, is using the occasion as a reason to chat about E&C generally, and especially in the context of sports, education, and national culture. I’m sure we’ll talk about the NCAA basketball scandal of the year, on payments to recruits, but we don’t need to limit ourselves to such direct sports+ education topics. Always good to keep linking things to the corporate E&C world.

Two, we will be looking for things seen in the cultural moments during the telecast that prompt ethics and compliance issues. Like the “boss” button on the March Madness web feed. Commercials, announcers struggling with deep topics. Part of the idea is explicitly that we and our audience are all watching the game together — that this is a dandy excuse to spend Friday afternoon watching hoops without feeling like we are not working.

On the social media front, we will be checking in to see what is trending on Twitter regarding the games and ethics, and to pick up on that. Use the hashtag EthicsMadnessII  to follow the twitter feed.

Three, is the games, and just things we want to say as fans of the sport.”

Some of the specific topics will be the NCAA (cue Send in the Clowns now) basketball scandal, where the organization is shocked, just shocked, on potential and actual ‘student athletes’ taking money to play at the school of their choice. No word from the NCAA on whether it will give back any of the $1.06 billion revenue it made from its March Madness Tournament last year.

We will consider the sordid story of Michigan State, the United States Olympic Committee and Dr. Larry Nassar. No doubt the massive fraud of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos will be covered. Other topics include scoring by the Russian judge at the recent Olympics, focusing on the national favoritism of ice skating judges. We are thrilled by joined by John Templon, data reporter for Buzzfeed, as our special guest. Jason is determined to explore the Department of Justice (DOJ) expansion of the FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy to other types of cases and we will explore #MeToo and what compliance can do to help stop harassment.

Joining Ethics Madness II will be about as easy as falling asleep, which means that even I can figure out how to use. The live blog will appears on Jason’s website, at Leadgood.org. Simply go to his site, where you see the Ethics Madness II box on the sidebar. Click on LeadGoodLive and you will be in.

I hope you will join us online and on Twitter, #EthicsMadnessII. It will be a ton of fun with lots of great games to boot!

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