The Defense Department (DOD) is cautioning its employees about streaming March Madness games on Pentagon computers as the annual NCAA basketball tournament gets underway.
“March Madness is officially upon us,” the Joint Service Provider (JSP), which handles IT services for the Pentagon, wrote to workers, according to an email obtained by CBS News.
“Your JSP support team acknowledges and appreciates that college basketball fans within the [DOD] are excited to cheer on their favorite teams, update brackets, and otherwise obsess over the Big Dance.”
"However, it is important to remember that we share a single network and visiting non-mission essential websites degrades network performance for everyone," the email said.
“Please keep in mind; if you’re streaming video to watch your favorite player shooting free throws, you’re consuming network resources that could be served to support the Warfighter."
The tournament officially begins Thursday and can be streamed online. President Trump this year chose not to fill out a March Madness bracket — a tradition set by former President Obama.
ESPN reportedly offered Trump the opportunity to fill out his bracket on television, but the president passed.