Your bracket’s done and you’ve handed in your requisite $10 to the guy running the office pool. Now it’s time to set your online presence to “busy,” fire up the browser and kill the rest of your day watching the March Madness NCAA basketball tourney (while your IT crew prays the network stays up). CBSsports.com and Joost are both streaming the whole shebang for free.
The CBS Player works pretty well, although it makes you stand in a virtual line (and reminds you how much closer you’d be to the action had you signed up for VIP access). The line moves quickly though, and once you’re in, you can hop from game to game. The video quality isn’t the best, and it stutters, but hey, it’s free, and I’m supposed to be working anyway.
Speaking of not working — there’s also Joost.
Joost wasn’t working when I tried it, which I did multiple times. Joost’s VP of engineering already warned us that the company expects it to break (mission accomplished!). If you have it installed, you can check, but if you don’t, I’d suggest sticking with CBS.
If neither of these options float your boat, then build your own. The NCAA launched a Developer Platform, offering different logos and code you can place on your page to link directly to the player window or even to a specific game. Or, create your own “Shining Moment” once the highlights are up, with the CBSSports mashup tool.