How to Watch March Madness Basketball at Work

Don’t let a little thing called your job stop you from watching the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, aka March Madness. Here’s how to enjoy the first-round games without getting fired.

You will need

  • Computer or mobile device with internet access
  • Office pool
  • Strategic scheduling
  • Headset
  • Laptop
  • Feigned illness
  • Office campaign
  • Self-restraint (optional)
  • Minor medical procedure (optional)

Step 1 Investigate online streaming Investigate ways to watch March Madness basketball online. March Madness on Demand provides live streaming video to your computer or mobile device; go to for information. But be warned: Some companies install software that blocks streaming video — or slows action to a crawl.

Step 2 Run a pool Volunteer to run your office pool. The person in charge of everyone’s brackets has to watch March Madness basketball at work to keep on top of the scores, right?

Step 3 Schedule strategically Get in early on game days and schedule meetings in the morning so you can tackle a little actual work before the first games tip around noon Eastern time. Just remember to keep a low profile: Even if your team is playing, keep school paraphernalia to a minimum.

Step 4 Be cagey If you have a headset, wear it while watching games so co-workers will think you’re on an important call and can’t be disturbed. If you must attend a meeting, bring your laptop or mobile device and surreptitiously monitor the action on mute. Murmur your assent every now and then so you appear engaged.

Step 5 Get out of work Prefer to watch the games from the comfort of your couch? Lay the groundwork for a bout with the flu in the days leading up to March Madness. Just don’t post any enthusiastic online updates during the games, or you’ll blow your cover.

Step 6 Get your company involved Can’t watch the games online or take a few sick days? Launch a campaign to allow employees to watch March Madness basketball at work in the open, explaining that it would boost morale and, in turn, productivity. The bosses just might buy it.