In a step up from last year, the NCAA will do fans a huge favor and will broadcast all of March Madness for free to iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touches over wi-fi and 3G. Yep, the entire 68 team tournament will be mobile this year if you happen to be on the go, or heaven forbid, stuck at work. While a similar service was available last year, fans had to pay for the luxury.
The games will be available via an iOS app that will offer high-quality streams, a personalizable channel lineup, and varied statistics like team leaders, biggest leads, and scoring streaks. Other features include a social commentary area where fans can post their own thoughts on the latest game happenings and follow news and trending issues pertinent to whatever game they happen to be watching. Impressively, all NCAA tourney games will be available, whether they’re being broadcast on CBS, TBS, TNT, or truTV.
The selection for March Madness gets underway on March 13 with the first four games set to tip off on Tuesday March 15th and Wednesday March 16th in Dayton, Ohio.
“At Turner Sports we pride ourselves on being a leader in digital innovation and are thrilled to partner with CBS Sports and the NCAA to enhance one of the most popular online properties in sports,” said Lenny Daniels, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Turner Sports, in the press release. “We believe the new components we are offering will give the fan a fully immersive experience through online, mobile and on tablets from the start of the First Four through the final buzzer of the National Championship.”
The app will be available in a few days.