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It’s that time of year again. Bosses, go ahead and kiss your employees’ productivity goodbye. March Madness is taking over college sports fans’ attentions, with NCAA bracket pools and live score updates ready at our fingertips, thanks to a growing sea of Android apps. And there’s not much you can do about it, except to join the fun.
Major broadcasters & publishers
ESPN Bracket Bound 2011 is a necessary app for true sports fans, with the popular bracket game you probably already play. The free Android app also features video highlights and analysis from your favorite commentators, and interviews with players and coaches. ESPN also updates live scores, leveraging ESPN’s Mobile Gamecast app.
Sports Illustrated delivered its Android app just in time for the NCAA tournament. Its new Front Row app brings the editorial perspective to sports, letting you follow college basketball games all the way through. Filter news by tournament rounds, with easy-to-follow breakdowns of the games, its players and all the juicy details.
Yahoo!’s always been big on sports, so you’re sure to get NCAA coverage as well. Its Live Scores app has real-time coverage of the tournament, with a simple interface that’s easy to read and navigate. Free, this Android app delivers play-by-play game updates, with quick tabs for player/game stats, scores, alerts and game details.
CBS is where many of you will be watching the games, so it’s only fitting that the broadcaster updated its Android app accordingly. The CBS Sports Mobile app shows the latest scores, stats and bracket placements for the NCAA Tournament, keeping you in the loop at all times. Log-in to customize your news and player alerts within this free app.
Tracking brackets and feeds
If you like the format of a feed reader, then the NCAA Feed app will suit you just fine. It provides up-to-the-minute details on game scores, stats, news, and game and player updates. Free, this Android app is easy enough to use. It’s a basic news reader that lets you search, share and bookmark items of interest, keeping you in line with tournament updates.
The Sporting News NCAA app is designed just for March Madness, clearing the clutter of other sports news updates. Free, this Android app delivers news, scores, videos and game breakdowns. You can customize alerts for specific teams, get notifications for your favorite leagues, and share items across social networks, including Facebook.
If you’re one to socialize around sports games, then NCAA March Madness Fan Zone is worth a try. The AT&T-branded app features real-time tournament updates, with conversation tools for messaging with other fans, and maybe even get a little smack-talk going. Create private or public groups, tap into friends from Facebook and Twitter, and attach images to your posts.
Bracket is a tracking app just for the March Madness rush, with score-tracking and live updates. This app is reserved for bracket pros, but editing your bracket is easy enough once you get started. Managing things on a digital screen is far less complex than massive white boards that take up entire walls, right? With this free app, your bracket is auto-updated as scores come in.
With Bracket Tracker you can run your own March Madness pools, making them social with a bit of competition. Create a pool of your own, or join one started by a friend. Scores update the brackets, and you can track standings while the tournament is in progress. Free, this tracker is newer to the Market, and not as colorful. But it gets the job done.