March 28, 2013
6 Ways to Follow March Madness With Apps
By Joyce Wang
March Madness is becoming like digital hoops madness, thanks to an array of handy sports apps and cable networks' TV Everywhere services. They allow fans to watch games live across platforms, follow games in real-time, scan player stats, fill out bracket predictions and more. Here are 6 ways that you can follow the madness all the way to the Final Four without a TV.
1. March Madness Live App.
Turner and CBS are letting pay TV subs authenticate across a suite of streaming apps via their March Madness Live app
. The app features alerts for upsets, overtimes, close games and a live bracket to keep track of which teams are moving on. The app also features free smartphone and tablet apps for Apple iOS and Google Android.
2. ESPN Sports Center.
This app, available on iPad or iPhone, offers a vast collection of sports news. It sends users notifications about their favorite teams and includes the best news and info along with stats, schedules and clips.
3. ESPN BracketBound.
In terms of bracket apps, the ESPN BracketBound
’13 app allows fans to follow their teams’ progress through the tournament as well as fill out up to 10 different brackets in the ESPN Tournament Challenge. The app automatically populates the user’s favorite teams from other ESPN news apps when he/she logs in. Users will also receive notifications of scores and other tournament news when games end.
If you are die-hard fans or stat geeks, StatsSheet
might be your dream app. It offers live score updates and in-depth stats. Visualize, compare, rank, search stats past and present…you name it. StatsSheet has you covered.
The best place to watch games during March Madness is probably at a bar with a bunch of crazy fellow fans. If you are unable to do that, SportStream
will be like your virtual sports bar—minus the alcohol. The app allows fans around the world to interact with each other.
6. Sports Bar Finder.
If you do have time to plop down on a stool, check out the Sports Bar Finder
app powered by DirecTV. It uses GPS and a database of bars that subscribe to DirecTV in order to find a place nearby to catch a game.