It’s that time of year when office work comes to a stand still for weeks thanks to the NCAA’s annual celebration of sweat, leather, and nylon nets. The first games have just gotten underway and thanks to the glorious blessings of technology there are more ways to follow the March Madness action than ever before.
Here’s how to keep track of your favorite teams and your brackets on your iPhone, iPad and Mac:
NCAA March Madness Live
The NCAA’s official app for iOS offers free live-streaming of all the tournaments games. It’s the go-to app to watch games on the go or check in on scores. It works on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch but unfortunately they’ve turned off the option to beam the video to your Apple TV via AirPlay. Check out our official review. iTunes – Free
ESPN Tournament Challenge
If you enjoy filling out a bracket more than actually watching games you’ll probably spend more time with ESPN’s Tournament Challenge app. You can fill out brackets and then compete with everyone from your friends to President Barack Obama himself. iTunes – Free
As the official broadcast partner of the NCAA National Tournament, the CBS Sports app is filled with goodies tailored for March Madness. Scores, News, and Bracket Games are prominent features, as well as the ability to set alerts on certain games, or even purchase tickets if you’re in the area. iTunes – Free
Those stuck in rush hour will appreciate TuneIn Radio’s audio live streams of the 67 games courtesy of WestWood One Sports. iTunes – Free
The world-wide leader of sports recently revamped its ScoreCenter app with a great new design packed with live scores, news and highlights. You can personalize the app to give you more news on your favorite teams. The Tournament Challenge app is integrated with SportsCenter making the two a potent tandem. iTunes – Free
The Bleacher Report has a nice alternative to ESPN’s SportsCenter app. The app gives you a more personalized experience by only giving you news on your favorite teams as soon as stories break. iTunes – Free
All 67 games will be available on the NCAA’s website for free, along with news, bracket breakdowns, stats and enough info to keep you busy between the half-time commercials. Just remember to keep your finger close to the Boss Button.