The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


March 20, 2014

Everybody in the pool!

Where to check your bracket (when the boss isn’t looking)

By Ashley M. Wislock

and William Bowman

The Daily Item

It’s time for March Madness, when college basketball becomes the most popular event in America, even for people who haven’t watched a game all season.

Here is a crash course on what players and teams to watch, quick tips on possible upsets, history and, perhaps most importantly, where you can watch the games even if you are on the go.

From the couch

This year, there are four channels broadcasting games: TNT, TBS, CBS and TruTV. The first game today — Ohio State vs. Dayton — tips off at 12:15 on CBS. A complete list of games and their corresponding channels can be found online at by clicking on March Madness or at the many mobile applications found here ...

Games on the go

For fans on the go wishing to watch any game at any time, there are also plenty of options.

Last year, 49 million people live-streamed games online, consuming more than 14 million hours of footage, according to USA Today.

Several websites will offer live content throughout the tournament, including:, and

The official smartphone app for the tournament is “NCAA March Madness Live,” available for iOS, Android, Kindle and Windows phone. This app will allow users to stream all the games and set up game alerts. However, users will have to login to the app with their cable subscription ID to access games airing on TBS, TNT or TruTV.

ESPN has a “Tournament Challenge” app, which allows users to compete in bracket groups and get live updates on their bracket, including game scores. The app is available on iOS and Android.

SiriusXM subscribers can listen to the games online or through their receivers, according to PC Mag, though channels for all of the games haven’t been revealed.

And for those with access to Twitter, there’s the official March Madness Twitter account,, which also has a list featuring every participating team’s twitter handle.


At the office

An estimated 50 million people will participate in March Madness office-bracket pools, resulting in big losses in productivity for employers, according to industry analysts.

Firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas estimates that workplaces will lose $1.2 billion in productivity because of employees devoting time to filling out or updating brackets and checking scores.

“The impact on productivity comes from several directions,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas said in a statement. “Of course, there are the office pool participants, some of whom might take five minutes to fill out a bracket, while others spend several hours researching teams, analyzing statistics and completing multiple brackets.”

However, Challenger suggests that instead of banning the office pools, employers should use the tournament to build employee engagement.

“At the end of the day, it is unlikely that a few days of March Madness distraction will impact the company’s bottom line,” he said.”

Text Only
  • CORBETT_TomC.jpg Corbett: VanKirk helped to save the world

    Gov. Tom Corbett today issued the following statement on the death of Northumberland County native Theodore “Dutch” VanKirk, the last surviving crew member of the Enola Gay:

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Afraid of grandson? "Now I am," Amanda Trometter says

    Erick Trometter slept with hunting and butcher knives beside his bed while living with the grandmother he allegedly attacked on the morning he was shot after allegedly pulling a knife on a city police officer.

    July 30, 2014

  • vk1.jpg Ted VanKirk: Seen from above

    The Daily Item is republishing online its spring 2012 interview with Northumberland native Ted “Dutch” VanKirk, the navigator of the Enola Gay, which dropped the first of two atomic bombs on Japan in 1945. The story appeared in Inside Pennsylvania magazine. VanKirk died Monday in Georgia at age 93.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • vankirk_ted1.jpg “The Japanese were beaten before we even dropped the bomb”

    Compared to the 58 other missions they ran together, the one they were assigned to carry out on Aug. 6, 1945 was easy.
    There would be no return fire, flying conditions were ideal, and if all went according to plan, they would be back to the base in Tinian by nightfall.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • Ritz-Craft Ritz-Craft to hire 60 for Mifflinburg plant

    MIFFLINBURG — Sixty jobs are coming to Mifflinburg as a Ritz-Craft production facility that went dark seven years ago amid the housing downturn will come back on line during the next few months, company officials announced Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Selinsgrove man dies when tractor flips in Chapman Township

    PORT TREVORTON — A 57-year-old Selinsgrove man died Tuesday evening when the farm tractor he was driving overturned and pinned him beneath it, according to Snyder County Coroner Bruce Hummel.

    July 29, 2014

  • VanKirk 'Real hero' of World War II dies

    ATLANTA, Ga. — Theodore “Dutch” VanKirk, the last surviving crew member of the Enola Gay, which dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, died Monday of natural causes in the retirement home where he lived in Georgia. He was 93.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mayor: Rental ban for drug dealers a success

    SUNBURY — A controversial landlord-tenant ordinance passed by the City Council in 2012 has become one of Sunbury’s “better success stories,” Mayor David Persing said Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014

  • Mom cited for allegedly leaving baby in car for 12 minutes

    LEWISBURG — A summary citation carrying a maximum fine of $127.50 was filed Tuesday against a Lewisburg woman accused of leaving her 10-month-old baby unattended for 12 minutes in a car in Union County on July 21.

    July 29, 2014

  • Line Mountain district, teachers $1.2M apart in contract talks

    MANDATA — Separate proposals from the Line Mountain School District and its teachers union are $1.2 million apart and not getting any closer, according to Benjamin L. Pratt, the district’s labor counsel at the CGA Law Firm.

    July 29, 2014

The Daily Marquee

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.