The best March Madness apps of 2023: NCAA, ESPN, CBS
- Can select specific teams you want to follow
- Presents a day-by-day schedule
- Live streaming
- Betting accessibility via connection to Caesars Sportsbook
- 24/7 sports and news highlights
The CBS Sports app for March Madness reminds me of when you have to use the filter feature to shop online: There are so many options available that you have to narrow your focus to find what you want. So, while CBS Sports takes a more comprehensive approach, integrating all sports, not just dedicating itself to March Madness activities, it’s customizable.
Before filtering the UX can seem a bit clunky, but the set-up process makes it easy to select presets and follow your favorite teams closely, while still benefiting from CBS’ 24/7 news cycle about the tournament. Being very type A, I also appreciate that the top menu features a day-by-day schedule, with the ability to look forward and plan accordingly from the minute you log on.
I’ve primarily used this app when I’m invited to participate in someone’s bracket pool, and it’s always gone off without any hiccups. Like ESPN’s Tournament Challenge app, there are also options to autofill the bracket via user favorite settings, historical fandom percentages, expert picks, or a SportsLine-generated bracket for subscribers.
The CBS partnership with Caesars Sportsbook also grants easy access to bet on games — responsibly, healthily, and all in good fun, of course. The betting tab shows you the odds and offers articles that can help you in making a more financially reasoned decision.
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