March Madness is one of the most addicting events in all of sports. Each year, the tournament draws millions of viewers, as sports fans watch the road to the Final Four and the eventual crowning of college basketball’s national champion. The sheer number of games to watch, the religious-like attention given to brackets, and the inevitable “Cinderella” story continually captivate the nation. The sad reality of it all is that real-life obligations often keep many from being able to sit in front of the television for the entire event, but mobile devices like the iPhone and Android have given us a solution to this problem. Yup, there is an app for that.
FanCake – Android & iOS – Free
FourSquare meets NCAA basketball in this innovative March Madness app. The app allows you to watch games in real time and connect with others through the app or via Facebook. FanCake allows users to compete for points, which are allocated based on check-ins (watching games) and accurately predicting the outcome of each game. FanCake’s coverage is not just limited to March Madness, so keep the app on your phone year-round for all of your sports viewing. FanCake makes the act of watching sports an addicting social game.
NCAA March Madness Live – Android & iOS – Freemium
This is the definitive app for the March Madness tournament and should be the first one that all fans of college basketball download. NCAA March Madness Live is a “freemium” app, meaning there is a free version and a pay version. The free version of this March Madness app allows users access to live radio broadcasts of each and every game, live box scores, highlights, and alerts for upsets and close games. Users wishing to pay a nominal fee will get all of these features, plus the ability to watch each and every game live on their mobile device.
OnSports – Android & iOS – Free
The OnSports app provides users with a stream of live updates on each game of March Madness. The big selling point of this app is that it allows users to take on the role of “sports broadcaster” as they start discussions relating to the tournament. Integration with Facebook and Twitter broadens your audience, allowing you to get your friends in on the conversation.
PocketBracket – Android & iOS – $0.99
PocketBracket is the ubiquitous app for bracket junkies. The app allows you to track your brackets and it also provides real-time stats and scoring updates. The app allows you to use email, Facebook, and Twitter to bring your social networks into the PocketBracket world.
CBS Sports SportCaster – Android, iOS, and Kindle Fire – Free
The SportCaster app provides score updates in real time, but the real beauty of this March Madness app is that it gives users a feed of real-time Tweets about each game. The Tweet aggregation aspect of this app makes it a really handy tool to have at your disposal while you enjoy the March Madness experience. These tweets complement the commentary of your friends and television broadcasters throughout the journey to college basketball’s national championship game. Don’t delete this app after the crowning of the college basketball national champion, because SportCaster also offers the same services for a variety of sports.
The contributor spends each spring anxiously awaiting the arrival of March Madness.
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