From the opening tip to the championship game, NCAA.com will provide fans with comprehensive coverage of the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. NCAA.com, managed by Turner Sports, will offer fans a wide array of unique features and exclusive March Madness content with more than 200 hours of coverage including live video streaming, score updates, real-time game highlights, press conferences and more.
Fans can watch all 67 games of the tournament live on NCAA.com via NCAA March Madness Live, the exclusive video-streaming suite of online and mobile products. The site is also the destination for NCAA brackets, including the Capital One NCAA March Madness Bracket Challenge, the interactive content bracket and the official printable bracket.
"As the online home of March Madness, NCAA.com provides fans with everything they need for this year's tournament," said Mark Johnson, vice president of business operations for Turner Sports/NCAA Digital. "From Selection Sunday to the Final Four®, fans can follow their favorite teams, participate in bracket challenge games and watch premium video content, including live streaming of every game. No site captures the excitement and passion of March Madness better than NCAA.com."
NCAA.com will include the following features for the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship:
- Official NCAA Brackets - NCAA.com is the official online destination for March Madness brackets, including:
- Interactive Bracket - A comprehensive content bracket where fans can follow each round of the tournament, including live score updates, as well as links to March Madness Live®, game highlights and box scores.
- Official Printable Bracket - Immediately following the Selection Show, the NCAA's official printable bracket for the 68-team field will be released on NCAA.com.
- InstaBracket - New for National Bracket Day on Monday, March 18, fans will be able to utilize InstaBracket to help them fill out their brackets. As easy as clicking a button, users can randomly populate their bracket. After clicking the InstaBracket button on NCAA.com to fill out the brackets, fans can share it with friends or have it delivered via email. InstaBracket will also be an on-site component promoting fan engagement at each of the National Bracket Day locations (Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.).
- Bracket Games - With its suite of bracket products, NCAA.com offers multiple opportunities for fans to participate and compete with their friends and co-workers, including:
- Capital One NCAA March Madness Round-by-Round Challenge - New for the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, fans can compete with one another round-by-round throughout the tournament with bonus points awarded for upset picks. The Round-by-Round Challenge enables fans that are eliminated early in the traditional Bracket Challenge game to participate in a fun contest throughout every round of the tournament.
- Capital One NCAA March Madness Bracket Challenge - Bracket enthusiasts can challenge their friends or compete with celebrities as they make their selections for all 67 games of the tournament. Bracket Challenge will feature new designs and enhancements on smartphones and tablets, along with expanded social functionality across all devices allowing fans to join groups, share brackets and chat with friends and other passionate fans via Facebook.
- NCAA Women's Bracket Challenge - For the second consecutive year, fans of NCAA Division I Women's Basketball can also enjoy the bracket fun by participating in NCAA Women's Bracket Challenge.
- Exclusive March Madness Video Content: Throughout the site and within the centralized March Madness video hub, fans can view real-time game highlights, game recaps, top play from each game, signature March Madness moments and post-game press conferences.
- Extensive Gameday Coverage: NCAA.com's unparalleled editorial coverage of March Madness will include pre- and post-game stories for all games, live scores and schedules, live statistics, interactive brackets, viewing guides and postgame photo galleries of both the Division I Men's and Women's Basketball Championships. Former University of Kentucky guard and NBA player Rex Chapman will serve as a special contributor to the site providing analysis of the tournament field, in-depth breakdowns of the matchups and real-time reactions to the action on the court.
- 75 Years of March Madness - The celebration of 75 years of March Madness continues on NCAA.com throughout the tournament. Voting for the All-Time March Madness Student-Athletes, Team and Moment runs through March 24. The final results will be revealed exclusively on NCAA.com on Friday, April 5. In addition, the NCAA will honor the Top 15 All-Time March Madness Student-Athletes, the Top All-Time March Madness Team, and the Top All-Time March Madness Moment on center court during the semifinal games of the Final Four on Saturday, April 6, in Atlanta. Additionally, fans can enjoy a detailed look at the 75 Years of March Madness with the interactive timeline at ncaa.com/marchmadness.
NCAA.com will also feature the Division I Men's and Women's Final Four microsites and mobile apps. The sites will provide details for fans attending the Men's Final Four ncaa.com/finalfour) in Atlanta or the Women's Final Four (ncaa.com/womensfinalfour) in New Orleans including fan events, city information, venue information, concert lineups and local festivities. The apps - available for iPhone and Android devices - will be available the week of March 25.
Fans can support their schools during March Madness by purchasing officially licensed merchandise of all men's and women's tournament teams in the NCAA.com Shop. The NCAA.com Shop will feature Sweet 16® and Final Four gear, and offer the complete line of National Champion apparel after the title game.
Fans can also purchase tournament game tickets and hospitality packages on NCAA.com at www.ncaa.com/mbbtickets. Primesport, the Official Ticket and Hospitality Provider of the NCAA, offers guaranteed seat locations, official hospitality packages and assurance of buying directly from the NCAA's only approved ticket and hospitality provider.
The NCAA believes sports should be appreciated for the benefits of participating or watching, not the amount of money that can be won or lost depending on the outcome of the games. The NCAA opposes all forms of legal and illegal sports wagering. It has become a serious problem that threatens the wellbeing of student-athletes and the integrity of college sports.
About the NCAA
The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 400,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit www.ncaa.org and www.ncaa.com for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes. The NCAA is proud to have the following elite companies as official Corporate ChampionsAT&T, Capital One and Coca-Colaand the following elite companies as official Corporate PartnersAllstate, Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Enterprise, Infiniti, LG Electronics USA, Lowe's, Nabisco, Northwestern Mutual, Reese's (Hershey's), Unilever and UPS.
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About Turner Sports
Turner Sports, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is an industry leader in televised and online sports programming, airing championship-level sporting events on TBS, TNT and truTV, and managing some of the most popular sports sites on the Internet. Turner Sports' television lineup includes the NBA, Major League Baseball, the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, NASCAR and professional golf. The company's digital portfolio includes Bleacher Report, NCAA.com and March Madness Live, and PGA.com, as well as an accompanying collection of mobile websites and connected device apps. Turner Sports and the NBA also jointly manage NBA Digital, which includes NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA Mobile, the NBA Game Time App, NBADLEAGUE.com and WNBA.com.
About Capital One
Capital One Financial Corporation (www.capitalone.com) is a financial holding company whose subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A. and Capital One Bank (USA), N. A., had $128.3 billion in deposits and $200.1 billion in total assets outstanding as of September 30, 2011. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. Capital One, N.A. has approximately 1,000 branch locations primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "COF" and is included in the S&P 100 index.
Capital One, an NCAA Corporate Champion, began its affiliation with college sports with the sponsorship of the 2001 Capital One Florida Citrus Bowl (now the Capital One Bowl) and ESPN's Capital One Bowl Week. In addition, Capital One sponsors the ABC College Football Halftime Report, Capital One All-America Mascot team, Capital One Academic All-America Program, and supports all 89 NCAA Championships including the Division I Men's and Women's Basketball Championships, and numerous other collegiate athletics programs.
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