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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.

Instructions

  • 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 NCAA.com 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.
  • TIP: If you’re on the West Coast, try to get important business out of the way when your least favorite teams are playing.
  • 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.
  • TIP: When the March Madness live stream cuts out -- and it will -- refrain from cursing or slamming something in frustration.
  • 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.
  • TIP: If you require a minor medical or dental procedure that involves home recovery, schedule it for the day before March Madness begins.
  • 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.
  • FACT: 92 percent of fans who watched the 2008 NCAA tournament online did so from work computers.

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)

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