A Guide to Watching Conference Tournament Week

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So Many Games, Not Enough Screens

Now that the regular season has wrapped up, it's nothing but post-season play for the next four weeks. For the NCAA tournament, it's self-explanatory, and you won't have to delve into that now. Currently, the focus is on the conference tournament games that are both currently taking place and are about to tip-off.

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Because there is an overwhelming amount of tournament games coming up with so many platforms broadcasting each game concurrently, it's practically impossible to watch all of them. But there is a way to catch most of them with a few ideas. Not only that, it's not exactly easy to know when and where these games will be played, but I have a couple of resources for that as well.  

When and Where is Every Game?

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          Fortunately, I don't have to go into too much detail on this one. Finding out where each team plays may seem trivial such as; what broadcast network they will play on and what time they tip-off. Thankfully, a website provides all the information necessary to prepare.

The link here: https://mattsarzsports.com/ is a website that gives you every game information. The format is simple and perfectly illustrates each day's game slate. This guy is a major college sports calendar guy and thankfully does all the work we don't want to do and lays it out for us.

Find a Streaming Platform

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If you have every TV and streaming device in the world, it's wasted if you don't have the right streaming platform. The first thing is to make sure you can even watch all these games.

Probably the best option is to sign up with YouTube TV and upgrade for the unlimited streaming devices option. If money is an issue, don't worry. YouTube TV has a 14-day free trial option that aligns perfectly; if you sign up on March 8th, 2022, you can end your free trial on March 21st, 2022, to enjoy both Conference Tournament week and the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament for free. There are other streaming platforms that are possible such as Hulu Live TV, Sling, Fubo, and various other options but based on my research, and believe me, I have spent hours finding the best platform; YouTube TV is currently the best option. 

But if you don't feel like going through all that hassle, perhaps you already have Spectrum cable or DISH. If you didn't know, most of the satellite and cable companies have apps that allow you to watch either all or most of their channels on their apps and websites.

For example, if you have a Spectrum account, you also have access to their "Spectrum TV" app or website and can watch live tv that allows three simultaneous streams, that alone right there is the Big East, ACC, and Big 12. There are plenty of options and ideas to have your own Buffalo Wild Wings set up in the comfort of your own home; you just got to find out how.

Multiple Screen Options

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          I doubt many people out there have eight televisions just sitting around the house they can set up for this time of year. Most people generally have to flip channels back and forth not to miss most of the action, but this is painful and tedious to tolerate. Fortunately, there are a couple of options to have up to four games at once on your television. The first is either an Xbox one/series console or an Apple TV device. A little-known secret about these devices is that these devices allow a multicast feature while using the ESPN app. So, you can have the ACC, Big 12, SEC, and AAC tournaments all on one TV. It's an excellent option for all the games broadcasted under the ESPN umbrella, and if you need help navigating it, there are youtube videos for people who have done for this specific feature. But if you went to that link shared earlier, you'll notice the Big East, Big 10, Pac 12, and various other conferences are broadcasting through FOX, CBS, or other networks.  

The second solution I've come up with is to buy an HDMI Multi-viewer.

This little device splits the TV screen up into four concurrent screens, similar to the multicast feature on the ESPN app. The only issue here is that you will need to connect four different streaming devices to the multi-viewer, so you may have to spend a little money to get multiple Roku's, Firesticks, Chromecasts, or any other devices to fit your needs to watch the tournaments. Fortunately, this device also sets you up perfectly for the NCAA Tournament when there will be four games on at once. Here's a link to the one I bought: https://www.amazon.com/Swithcer-NIERBO-Multi-Viewer-Switcher-Splitter/dp/B07F34SL7R/ref=sr_1_4?crid=1RRP2I7JVBFS5&keywords=hdmi+multiviewer&qid=1646682346&s=electronics&sprefix=hdmi+mu%2Celectronics%2C139&sr=1-4  but there are other selections to choose from. I also have a link to a demonstration using an HDMI multi-viewer if you are apprehensive about its performance and capabilities: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rs5bnbnNRDM&t=242s.

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Hopefully, these few suggestions will provide you with all the information necessary to get ready for this upcoming week. I'm sure there are other resources to choose from not listed here, but these will provide an efficient measure to enjoy the big conference tournament games and, to a degree, the NCAA tournament.