Watch March Madness even if you don’t have cable TV
Luke Bouma • February 25, 2016if( has_post_thumbnail( $post_id ) ): ?>
The biggest event in basketball
It starts with Conference Tournaments from the ACC to the SEC; once the tournaments finish, March Madness pits 68 teams against each other. Over the next few weeks, we will see some phenomenal basketball in single elimination play until two teams are left to play for the national championship.
While many of the big games air on CBS, quite a few of the games air on TBS, TNT, and Tru TV. In the past, some of them haven’t been available to cord cutters.
Fortunately, that has changed. Here are a few options to help you view as many games as possible.
Sling TV is a new service that brings you a wide range of cable stations starting at just $20 a month. ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, and TBS are included in their core package. You can add the Sports package for $5 a month, which will bring you every ESPN channel, including the SEC Network and the ESPN Buzzer Beater channel to ensure you never miss important moment.
If you want Tru TV, add their $5 Lifestyle Extra package, which also brings you 6 additional stations and Tru TV.
The best part of Sling TV is there are no long term contracts. You can pay for just the month of March and then cancel before the next billing cycle.
CBS College Sports Live
CBS offers a lot of games that you cannot access over the air. However, CBS College Sports Live fills in that gap with over 75 teams and hundreds of sporting events every month.
CBS College Sports Live also does not require a long term contract, which allows you to watch basketball all month long without the need to sign up for a long-term contract or yearly subscription.
Over the air
Most Americans should be able to get CBS free over the air. All you need to get your local CBS station and a ton of basketball games is a good antenna. While you will not get all the games with an antenna, the big ones are on CBS so cord cutters can watch the Final Four and National Championship without paying.
Need help finding an antenna? Check out our antenna guide for tips on choosing the right antenna for your area.
Cord Cutting may not bring you every game of the conference championships, but more often than not, you can get the games you want.
As the number of people ditching cable continues to increase, pressure on sports streaming services and network stations to join the revolution by making their events available to cord cutters also increases. With an antenna and over the air streaming services, cord cutters have more access to March Madness than ever before!