Now that it’s March, we hope you made productive use of your time for the first few weeks of the month. Because the remaining days of the month (at least for us) will be filled with the 67 games of NCAA College Basketball Tournament otherwise known as March Madness.
Your bracket is ready, but when it comes to watching the games, we have a few tips other than telling your boss you don’t feel well enough to make an appearance at work for the next 2 weeks. According to Fortune.com, the average worker will spend six paid hours focusing on sports-related activities during the tournament. That’s a little more than 25 minutes a day checking the games. While some may argue this is only benefitting for company morale, here’s some of the best ways you can keep up with the games on the go instead (even if that means at your desk).
On your computer, tablet or phone:
You can watch all of the games live for free across four networks: CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV. If you go to the NCAA.com March Madness site or download the NCAA March Madness app, every game is available to stream for free, no cable or other subscription required. And yes, there’s a boss button. You can also stream live for free with a log in on CBSSports.com and bleacherreport.com.
The only catch is you can only stream on NCAA.com for free on a PC or mobile (not your TV), and is only unlimited for games broadcast on CBS. You will also have to login to your TV provider to watch. That will equal about 24 games, including the big Final Four playoffs and the championship game. The other 43 games are being broadcast by Turner’s networks (TBS, TNT, TruTV) and the free pass to watch on those networks expires after three hours.
On your TV:
This can be a bit trickier, as companies are getting more restrictive as to who can stream live content to their TV’s, compared to computers or phones. Here’s our three best ways:
- If you connect your desktop, phone or tablet to the TV with a wire, like an HDMI, you can stream from your device.
- Connect to an antenna
- Get a “free trial” of PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, Playstation Now or CBS All Access. This can allow you to watch up to a week long trial, but you will have to pay after that.
You can also explore other devices to stream the games, from Chromecast, which you can cast all of the games to a TV using the official NCAA app or website, to PlayStation Vue, mentioned above which can allow you to stream three games at the same time.
We know you’re a hard worker, but every one deserves a break every once in a while. If that break happens to comes at 10 o’clock in the morning in the middle of March, we’re sure others will understand. And if not, keep an eye on that boss button.