In one of the greatest American traditions, the employed will join the unemployed to watch sports in the middle of the day as the NCAA tournament kicks off, thereby devastating workplace productivity for the sake of college basketball.
Live streaming has transformed sports coverage for those without TV access, and you can catch more action than ever with the options for the 2014 tournament. We've got you covered with everything you need to know about streaming all the games.
Note: You can find game times and TV times on the interactive bracket linked above.
Stream: March Madness Live on NCAA.com.
How To Stream Your Team and the Other 67
If the popularity of "binge watching" and the original series on Netflix have not yet convinced you, streaming is clearly the wave of the future for watching TV virtually anywhere. Even more so than with other content, sports coverage is revolutionized with the possibility of streaming.
If you wanted to watch live coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, you had to stream most of it because it was not broadcast live by NBC.
The setup is similar, though, completely different for the NCAA tournament. CBS and Turner's cable networks—TBS, TNT and truTV—are televising every game.
The ability to stream all 68 teams and all 67 games is just an added dimension of value. Moreover, these games can be accessed in an archive after they're finished so you can get caught up on what you missed.
In order to access the stream, you will need the login information for your TV subscription.
If you do not have the login handy—they either require you to put a non-alphanumeric character in there somewhere, or capitalize the first letter, or maybe your email address is not registered as the user name...anyway, you don't remember—you can avail of the four free hours of streaming offered on March Madness Live.
During those four hours, you should be able to get your cable or satellite provider on the phone to ask them what your username and password is or how those can be reset.
Once you're up and running, don't forget the all important "boss button" if you happen to be catching the tournament action while you're in fact supposed to be working. Don't worry, you're just doing your duty as an American sports fan. And if you work in sports media, just forget about the boss button altogether.
Basketball Everywhere, Even on Two Screens
There was a time, slightly after dinosaurs prowled the terra, when college basketball fans had to visit a casino or sports bar in order to watch all the March Madness action. Now, it's right there in the palm of your hand.
Prior to the 2013 NCAA tournament, Turner Sports senior vice president and general manager of operations Matthew Hong addressed the power of streaming coverage for the fan experience in a press release on NCAA.com:
Whether viewing on a big-screen TV or a computer, tablet or smart phone, fans can enjoy the incomparable excitement of March Madness anywhere they are and however they choose. With Turner’s commitment to TV Everywhere, passionate fans can use NCAA March Madness Live as either a first- or second-screen interactive experience to enjoy all 67 tournament games.
This way, you can watch Ohio State clash with Dayton on your phone while riding a crosstown bus, or you can check out the last 10 minutes of Virginia and Coastal Carolina from home on your tablet while watching Cactus League baseball on your plasma TV.
Better yet, stream the game on your laptop while tweeting about the action from your phone. With multiple screens and live streaming college basketball anywhere you want, the permutations are practically endless.
You are practically guaranteed to be more satisfied with March Madness Live than you will be with your busted brackets.