« Twitter proposals: the next big thing? | Main | Earbuds with Swarovski sparkles from Altec Lansing »

03. 24. 2008

March Madness and women's basketball on the Web and elsewhere

marchbracket.jpg

It's not exactly news that more and more chunks of our lives are lived on the Internet. But every now and then we get a reminder - of how, for example, the 'net increasingly is taking over jobs that used to be exclusively television's. Case in point: March Madness, a US sports phenomenon that is also a television phenomenon, disrupting regular programming for weeks every spring. It is now huge on the Web as well - and destined to get even more so this year.

Because it eats up a good deal of April, too, we still have several more weeks of March Madness, the NCAA Men's Division annual basketball championship, a tourney with scores of games and a dizzyingly complex playoff structure. That gives us all plenty of time to check out this year's biggest deal, an experiment at Joost, the free video site. Joost is conducting a hugely ambitious live test of its video streaming system, planning to broadcast every single game to anyone anywhere in the world.

The actual games are the least of March Madness, but the side activities are a Web phenomenon too. There are dozens - probably hundreds - of sites and blogs keeping track of brackets, many collected at the Bracket Project. What's a bracket? As the usually invaluable Wikipedia explains, a bracket is the "diagrammatic representation of the series of games played during a tournament, named as such because it appears to be a large number of interconnected (punctuational) brackets." Got that? A 2006 New York Times article also attempted clarification, with equally opaque results. To me, anyway. See the pic above, which is sort of a help.

Brackets aside, there's another March basketball Madness going on too, although you wouldn't know it from the buzz. That would be the NCAA Women's Division Championship.

The women's games will be on TV - but on the cable sports network ESPN, which is pay TV, not the much bigger broadcast network CBS, home to the hottest guy games, which is free TV. (Actually, mostly the women's games will not be on ESPN either, but on ESPN2, the junior channel where the lesser sports get exiled.) But will Joost be broadcasting the women's games to the entire planet? Hah. What about the Bracket Project? Nada - although you can find brackets for the women's games at the bottom of this Wikipedia article on the 2008 women's championship, and also on the CBS site.

March Madness is so pervasive that even Republican Presidential candidate John McCain features a bracket (for the men's championship only) on his site. So you might expect that, since her strength is with women voters, Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's site is taking note of the women's basketball championship. It does not appear so. The Clinton campaign does have an event called March Madness. It's a voter registration drive. There's a moral there somewhere.

Posted by Tam    Category: culture | entertainment | feature | on the web
Tags:
Email this | Comments (0)
Add to: Yahoo Add to: Google Add to: Digg Add to: Del.icio.us Add to: Reddit Add to: StumbleUpon Add to: Technorati


Post a comment

(If you haven't left a comment here before, you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting.)


Back to Top

 





 
swf_ad2.gif


Best of Popgadget
10.21.2010

We're back!! And where we've been...

Hello! It's been a while, and I'm so happy to say, we are going to be back and better than ever. We will be changing just a little bit- bringing you more frequently updated content, in a somewhat abbreviated...
Read More
Popgadget Recent Comments
Popgadget Steals & Deals
Mom Wants Gadgets for Mother's Day
Trade-in Your Old Electronics
Popgadget Giveaway from American Express! My Life on Points
6-Foot HDMI cable at $3.19 includes shipping
Sony offers some exciting deals for Mother's Day
Unlocked iPhone! Only $599. Or $699.
Got four friends? Take a Peek at this great offer
Green Tech: Eco-fashions priced to move
31 ways to save money on technology from PCWorld
Popgadget Random Images

Where is this image from?
See more random images
On This Day
Take a little stroll down memory lane. See what Popgadget was writing about on this day in 2012 2009 2008 2007 2006 2004