March Madness 2021 concludes with the Men’s NCAA Championship Game tonight on CBS – here’s how to watch live without cable

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  • March Madness 2021 will come to a close with the Men’s NCAA Championship Game tonight at 9 p.m. ET.
  • You can watch the game live on CBS through cable or select streaming services like Paramount Plus.
  • Paramount Plus starts at $6 a month for ad-supported streaming.

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March Madness 2021 reaches its conclusion with the Men’s NCAA Championship Game tonight on CBS. You can watch the game live at 9 p.m. ET on cable, or via streaming services with access to CBS, including Paramount Plus. You can sign up for Paramount Plus for as little as $6 a month.

After canceling the annual event for the first time in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NCAA revived its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments for 2021 with precautions in place. Rather than splitting tournament games across several different cities, the NCAA invited all 68 qualifying men’s teams to Indianapolis and the 64 women’s teams to San Antonio.

The Women’s NCAA Championship Game was held on April 4 between the Stanford Cardinal and Arizona Wildcats. Stanford won the game with a final score of 54-53.

March Madness 2021 dates and times

March Madness 2021 began with the First Four on March 18. The Women’s NCAA Championship Game was broadcast on April 4 at 6 p.m. ET. The tournament reaches its end with the Men’s NCAA Championship Game tonight at 9 p.m. ET.

The Men’s Championship Game will pit the Baylor Bears against the Gonzaga Bulldogs at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

How to watch March Madness 2021 Championship Game: Baylor vs. Gonzaga

March Madness will conclude with the Men’s NCAA Championship Game tonight at 9 p.m. ET on CBS. If you don’t have cable or satellite, there are several streaming services you can use.

One of the cheapest options to watch the Men’s NCAA Championship Game is Paramount Plus. The service offers live CBS streaming and on-demand content with ads for just $6 a month. You can get ad-free on-demand streaming for $10 a month.

For detailed impressions on Paramount Plus, check out our full Paramount Plus review and our Paramount Plus guide.

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Another option to stream CBS is Hulu + Live TV. This service offers around 65 channels for $65 a month. You get to watch on two devices at once, and new members get a free one-week trial.

The service also includes access to Hulu’s entire on-demand library of movies and shows.

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Youtube TV features a total of over 85 channels for $65 a month, including CBS. You can get two weeks free up front if you’re new, and you get three simultaneous streams.

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Fubo TV also include access to live CBS streaming in its packages. The service costs $65 a month for its Starter plan with around 120 channels, support for three devices at the same time, and 250 hours of cloud DVR storage. New members can get a free one-week trial.

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March Madness 2021 nears its end with the Final Four this weekend – here’s how to watch every game without cable

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  • The 2021 NCAA Basketball tournament, commonly known as March Madness, began on March 18.
  • This weekend, the men’s Final Four will air on CBS, while the women’s Final Four will air on ESPN.
  • To stream all the games through a single app, we recommend Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV.

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March Madness is nearing its conclusion as the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball tournaments are both down to their Final Four. The women’s Final Four will play first on April 2 with ESPN airing the game live from San Antonio, Texas; CBS will broadcast the Men’s Final Four on April 3 from Indianapolis, Indiana.

After canceling the annual event for the first time in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NCAA revived its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments with precautions in place. Rather than splitting tournament games across several different cities, the NCAA invited all 68 qualifying men’s teams to Indianapolis and the 64 women’s teams to San Antonio.

If you don’t already have access to CBS through your TV provider, you can stream the men’s Final Four and national championship game with a Paramount Plus subscription starting at $6 a month. The women’s Final Four and championship game will only air on ESPN, so if you’re not a cable subscriber you’ll need to pay for a service like Sling, Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV to watch live.

March Madness 2021 dates and times

March Madness 2021 began with the First Four on March 18 and continues with the Final Four this weekend. The tournament will conclude with the Men’s NCAA Championship Game on April 5.

The men’s Final Four will feature a clash of two Texas schools when Houston plays Baylor, while a surprising UCLA team will continue its run towards the school’s 12th tournament championship against Gonzaga, an undefeated powerhouse.

In the women’s tournament, three of the four top seeded teams remain, including the perennial favorite UConn Huskies, led by freshman and AP Player of the Year Paige Bueckers.

Below you can find a chart of the remaining games, dates, and times for the 2021 NCAA Basketball Tournament, as laid out by the official March Madness website.

Event Coverage begins Channel

Women’s Final Four:
South Carolina (1) vs. Stanford (1)

6 p.m. ET on April 2 ESPN

Women’s Final Four:
Arizona (3) vs. UConn (1)

9:30 p.m. ET on April 2 ESPN

Men’s Final Four:
Houston (2) vs. Baylor (1)

5:14 p.m. ET on April 3 CBS

Men’s Final Four: UCLA (11) vs. Gonzaga (1)

8:34 p.m. ET on April 3 CBS
Women’s Championship Game 6 p.m. ET on April 4 ESPN
Men’s Championship Game 9 p.m. ET on April 5 CBS

How to watch March Madness 2021

The remaining men’s March Madness 2021 games are airing on CBS, while the remaining women’s games are being broadcast on ESPN.

If you don’t have cable or satellite, and you want a single streaming service with access to all of the women’s and men’s March Madness games, Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV will be your best bet.

If you just need access to the men’s games, Paramount Plus is your cheapest option. If you just need access to the women’s games, Sling Orange is your most affordable option.

Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV both offer every March Madness game

Hulu + Live TV offers around 65 channels for $65 a month, including CBS and ESPN. You get to watch on two devices at once, and new members get a free one-week trial. The service also includes access to Hulu’s entire on-demand library of movies and shows.

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Youtube TV features a total of over 85 channels for $65 a month, including CBS and ESPN. You can get two weeks free up front if you’re new, and you get three simultaneous streams.

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You can use Paramount Plus to watch the March Madness games on CBS

If you just want access to the men’s March Madness games on CBS, one of your cheapest options is Paramount Plus. The service offers live CBS streaming along with some exclusive on-demand content for plans starting at just $6 a month.

You can find more information about Paramount Plus in our full guide here.

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You can use Sling Orange to watch the March Madness games on ESPN

If you just want access to the women’s March Madness games on ESPN, Sling TV’s Orange plan is your cheapest streaming option. Sling Orange offers live ESPN along with several other channels for $35 a month. New members can get their first month of service for just $25.

You can find more information about Sling in our full breakdown of Sling TV channels.

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March Madness 2021 is airing on CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV – here’s how to watch every game without cable

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  • March Madness 2021 began on March 18, and will end with the NCAA Championship Game on April 5.
  • Games are spread across CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV through cable and live streaming services.
  • To get access to every channel through a single app, we recommend Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV.

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March Madness, the annual NCAA basketball tournament, is in full swing. CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV are all showing select games, and you can catch the action through several streaming services. Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV are our top recommendations since they include every channel you need for $65 a month.

The NCAA has created two safe sites for this years men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, with 68 men’s teams playing in Indianapolis, Indiana, and 64 women’s teams playing in San Antonio, Texas. The single-elimination tournament will be held over a three-week span to determine which college has the top squad.

Wondering how to get your eyeballs on all these high-stakes contests without a cable subscription? Look no further.

March Madness 2021 dates and times

March Madness 2021 began with the First Four on March 18. The tournament will conclude with the Men’s NCAA Championship Game on April 5.

Below you can find a chart of the remaining dates and times for the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, as laid out by the official March Madness website. For a full breakdown of each game’s specific airing station and time, check out this handy list.

Event Coverage begins Channels
Second round (day two) 12:10 p.m. ET on March 22 CBS, TNT, TBS
Sweet 16 (day one) 2:40 p.m. and 7:25 p.m. ET on March 27 CBS (afternoon), TBS (primetime)
Sweet 16 (day two) 1 p.m and 7 p.m. ET on March 28 CBS (afternoon), TBS (primetime)
Elite Eight (day one) 7 p.m. ET on March 29 CBS
Elite Eight (day two) 6 p.m. ET on March 30 TBS
Final Four 5 p.m. ET on April 3 CBS
NCAA Championship Game 9 p.m. ET on April 5 CBS

The 2021 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament began on March 21, with the Women’s Final Four planned for April 2, and the Women’s National Championship Game scheduled for April 4.

How to watch March Madness 2021

March Madness 2021 games are spread across CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV. The easiest way to watch every game is to use the March Madness Live website or streaming app, and sign in with a supported cable or satellite provider. From there, you can stream every game in the whole enchilada.

If you don’t have cable or satellite, and you want a single streaming service with access to all four March Madness networks, Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV will be your best bet.

Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV both offer every March Madness game

Hulu + Live TV offers around 65 channels for $65 a month, including CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV. You get to watch on two devices at once, and new members get a free one-week trial. The service also includes access to Hulu’s entire on-demand library of movies and shows.

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Youtube TV features a total of over 85 channels for $65 a month, including CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV. You can get two weeks free up front if you’re new, and you get three simultaneous streams.

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You can use Paramount Plus to watch the March Madness games on CBS

If you just want access to the March Madness games on CBS, one of your cheapest options is Paramount Plus. The service offers live CBS streaming along with some exclusive on-demand content for plans starting at just $6 a month.

You can find more information about Paramount Plus in our full guide here.

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You can use Sling TV to watch the March Madness games on TNT and TBS

If you just want to stream the games on TNT, TBS, and TruTV, and you don’t want or need CBS, then Sling TV is the most affordable streaming service you can use.

Sling has two basic packages: Sling Orange and Sling Blue. The Blue plan offers all three Turner networks, but Orange is missing TruTV. Blue will run you $35 a month, and you can watch three simultaneous streams.

Sling’s three-day free trial won’t get you the whole tournament, but you could watch a solid slate of games that way. Remember, though: no CBS with Sling.

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Oregon advances to the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament after VCU fails COVID-19 protocols

GettyImages 1306837417 LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 12: Chris Duarte #5 of the Oregon Ducks is introduced before a game against the Oregon State Beavers during the Pac-12 Conference basketball tournament semifinals at T-Mobile Arena on March 12, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Beavers defeated the Ducks 75-64. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Oregon Ducks guard Chris Duarte is introduced before the team’s matchup against the Oregon State Beavers during the Pac-12 Conference semifinals on March 12, 2021.

  • The NCAA canceled a first-round men’s tournament game between Oregon and VCU on Saturday.
  • The NCAA declared the matchup “no-contest” after VCU failed COVID-19 protocols.
  • Oregon automatically advances to the second round, and plays the winner of Iowa and Grand Canyon.
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VCU was pulled from the men’s NCAA tournament on Saturday after what the school said were “multiple” positive COVID-19 tests within the past two days, ending the Rams’ run in college basketball’s annual showcase before it began.

Last year’s entire tournament was called off because of the pandemic, and the NCAA moved this year’s event to Indiana and put teams in what it called a “controlled environment.” But those steps weren’t enough to ensure every game would be played.

The 10th-seeded Rams’ first-round game Saturday against Oregon was declared a no-contest, the NCAA said, sending the seventh-seeded Ducks into the second round without playing.

“We’ve been tested every day for the past three weeks, but within the past 48 hours we’ve received multiple positive tests,” VCU coach Mike Rhoades said in a statement. “We are devastated for our players and coaches. It has been a dream for all of us to play in the NCAA Tournament.”

“We appreciate the care of our doctors and administration this year, and all our efforts and attention will be put into our players at this time,” Rhoades added.

The announcement from the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee came a little more than three hours before the teams were set to play in the West Region. It didn’t offer specific details, citing privacy concerns, and said that the decision came after consultation with the Marion County Public Health Department.

“The NCAA and the committee regret that VCU’s student-athletes and coaching staff will not be able to play in a tournament in which they earned the right to participate,” the statement said.

VCU was in the field for the ninth time in 10 tournaments. The Rams made it to the Final Four in 2011 as an 11 seed.

“The wait is over! Time for some March Madness!” the school’s basketball account tweeted just six hours before the withdrawal was announced.

The Rams were forced to stop practicing or playing on Jan. 2 because of a positive COVID-19 test within their program, forcing a game against Davidson to be postponed. They resumed practice two days later and made it through the rest of the season without further problems.

Led by Atlantic 10 player of the year Bones Hyland, VCU finished second in the conference in the regular season and lost to St. Bonaventure in the A-10 title game. But its body of work, which included a season-opening win over Utah State, was enough to earn Rhoades’ team an at-large berth to the tournament.

“This is tremendously disappointing and heartbreaking for the student-athletes who’ve worked so hard for this opportunity,” Atlantic 10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade said in a statement. “During this pandemic, the medical advisory boards have the authority to make this decision for the safety and welfare (for) all of the student-athletes, staff and teams.

“VCU has had an outstanding year, and this setback does not diminish any of their accomplishments.”

The Ducks went through their own COVID-19 issues during the season.

They had a pair of long pauses, at one point having just five practices and a single game during a 26-day stretch. The one game they were able to play against Oregon State was without All-American guard Chris Duarte and fellow starter LJ Figueroa.

All told, the Ducks had two games canceled and five that were postponed, including one against fellow NCAA Tournament team UCLA that was postponed three different times.

“I mean, it’s been high anxiety for everything,” said Kansas coach Bill Self, whose team advanced with a win over Eastern Washington earlier in the day.

“My trainer and my staff, as soon as we get our results back from the test, you know – it doesn’t matter if it’s 2 o’clock in the morning, soon as we get a text message from the company we’ll get group texts going. I’m getting messages from the trainer at 2 o’clock and I’m awake getting ready to get the text.”

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Inside the athlete ‘bubbles’ happening at hotels to make sure college and pro sports can happen safely in a pandemic

The JW Marriott Indianapolis decorated for 2021 March Madness.
The JW Marriott Indianapolis decorated for 2021 March Madness.

  • Hotels like the JW Marriott Indianapolis have formed bubbles to host teams for 2021’s March Madness tournament.
  • Some pro teams, like the Toronto Raptors, moved from Canada to Florida to avoid pandemic restrictions.
  • Having the players on site has brought a new energy to the hotel, one hotel manager said.
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From living long-term in a hotel abroad to turning hotel ballrooms into practice facilities, athletes and the people around them have been getting especially creative to stay safe during the age of COVID-19.

This is the first time in history where an entire NCAA March Madness tournament will be held in one city- Indianapolis – and there are plenty of protocols in place for both the hotels and the athletes to ensure it’s a safe and successful experience.

Phil Ray is the general manager of the JW Marriott Indianapolis, one of a handful of hotels in a ‘bubble’ which will be hosting teams and athletes for March Madness.

“We’re focused on taking care of the guests, and taking care of each other,” said Ray. “What we always say is it’s like they’re on a business trip, and our purpose is to take care of them so that everything goes well.”

During the weekends in summer 2020, the JW started to host sports tournaments as part of a bubble alongside a group of local hotels that could offer over 2,000 rooms with shared parking garages and a direct connection to the convention center. There, athletes were fed, housed, and quarantined for their games.

After this experience, Ray says the city is well-prepared to host March Madness. “We’re continuing to work through all the obstacles we’ll face to host the entire tournament. The cleanliness and the process of cleaning for the most part is consistent with what we’re always doing, just higher profile.”

Staff in the kitchen of the JW Marriott Indianapolis prepping meals for March Madness.
Staff in the kitchen of the JW Marriott Indianapolis prepping meals for March Madness.

The teams that make the final four can stay for up to three weeks in Indianapolis.

“We want to make sure they’re comfortable, and that the food doesn’t become tiresome, and that they’re going to be excited about being here,” said Ray. The manager added he’s confident that the tournament will run smoothly and safely.

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Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Nate Pearson spent the 2020 MLB season living out of the The Marriott at Lecom Harbor Center in Buffalo, New York, since the Blue Jays couldn’t play in their home city in Toronto, Canada.

“I tried to make my hotel space feel more like home by unpacking my suitcase and putting my things into the drawers,” he said. “I unpacked and made sure my clothes were away, hung up my shirts, and put my suitcase somewhere that I couldn’t see it, so it didn’t feel like I was living somewhere temporarily.”

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Nate Pearson
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Nate Pearson.

Pearson says the hardest part of living in the hotel from July to October was the isolation and being away from family. Although he spent time with his teammates training and playing, Pearson says they didn’t hang out off the field due to safety rules.

“We didn’t get to go out or hang out in each other’s rooms. I really like getting to spend time with my teammates, and not getting to do that outside of the field was hard. But we made the most of it.”

For fellow athletes living at a hotel or resort property long-term during COVID, Pearson says to bring “whatever your ‘thing’ is with you.”

“Whether it’s video games, reading, or watching TV – make sure you have the access to that,” he said. “And buckle up – it’s much more of a mental grind than a physical grind. Don’t be afraid to call people when you need to talk to someone. If you need to step outside and go for a walk by yourself, do it. Being outside definitely helps you mentally.”

Hosting a 39-person NBA entourage

Non-athletes similarly adjusted their work lives to accommodate sports during the pandemic. Beth Allen, director of sales and marketing at The Ballantyne Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina, was in charge of hosting the Charlotte Hornets in a bubble to prepare for the 2020-21 NBA season.

The Hornets ‘bubbled’ in two freestanding buildings adjacent to the main hotel. The Lodge features 35 spacious rooms, and The Cottage has four king bedrooms with private bathrooms, as well as a dedicated kitchen, dining, living room, and laundry space.

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The Lodge at The Ballantyne Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina.

In preparation, Allen says property was deep-cleaned and fully sanitized from top to bottom, and a washer and dryer and additional golf carts were brought in for the players to get around.

The players enjoyed their own private parking, tennis courts to practice on, and a golf course for outdoor space to exercise. Allen says the 39-person group of players, coaches, administrative staff, and physical therapists was on-site for two weeks total, from the end of September through early October of 2020.

She says the players were gracious, friendly, and quiet – even if they ordered room service much more than the average guest.

“There were certain times of day we knew room service was going to get an onslaught of calls – so we started to adjust our staffing to accommodate. The team was also really good about being flexible and changing with us as the days went by – because every day is different.”

As a hotel director, Allen says the experience gave her valuable insights on hosting sports teams during the pandemic.

“Hotels are having to get creative, be flexible, and think outside of the box. It was a team effort and a bonding experience behind the scenes,” she said.

Turning a ballroom into a practice court

The Toronto Raptors basketball team also moved out of Canada during the pandemic to Tampa, Florida to play their 2020-21 season. They built a makeshift practice facility at the JW Marriott Tampa Water Street.

The property was still under construction last year, says general manager Ron McAnaugh, when they made a deal with the NBA team to offer the unfinished ballroom as a space for shooting hoops in isolation.

The team has been on-site using the hotel as a practice facility since the beginning of December and is committed to the space through March.

McAnaugh says the Raptors brought everything with them to set up shop in the Marriott, including hard floors and baskets, while Marriott staff built a full gym, an office for the head coach, and two locker rooms for the team. McAnaugh says they also turned one of the kitchen areas into a space where players can “go and take their recovery ice baths.”

People might spy the athletes outside working out, but on-site security is tight. There’s even a special, exclusive elevator to take the team to their practice facility.

“Security hasn’t been a problem, the most we’ve had is kids come in and ask ‘can we go watch them practice?’ and we say ‘sorry, you can’t,'” said McAnaugh. Still, he says having the players on site has brought a new energy to the hotel.

“It’s just incredible to see the life it brings to the building having them here,” said McAnaugh. “You can sense on game nights there’s an elevated vibe in the building.”

The hotel’s employees are used to interesting requests for the basketball stars, such as the need for a certain brand of protein powder for meals.

“After a while all the requests almost become natural, and you just learn to pivot,” he said. “It just goes to show you, if there’s a unique need for a customer or a group – we’ll figure out how to do it.”

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March Madness 2021 begins tonight with the first games on TBS and TruTV – here’s how to watch every matchup without cable

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  • March Madness 2021 will begin with the First Four on March 18 at 5:10 p.m. ET.
  • Games will be spread across CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV through cable and live streaming services.
  • To get access to every channel through a single app, we recommend Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV.

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March is upon us, and you know what that means. The sports community – and the sports betting community – are gearing up for this year’s edition of March Madness, the annual NCAA basketball tournament.

The NCAA has created two safe sites for this years men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, with 68 men’s teams playing in Indianapolis, Indiana, and 64 women’s teams playing in San Antonio, Texas. The single-elimination tournament will be held over a three-week span to determine which college has the top squad, and which fight song will play as colorful confetti rains down and the champs cut down the nets.

Last year’s tournament was canceled for the first time in NCAA history as the COVID-19 outbreak swelled. With the pandemic still looming, Indiana will limit the normally raucous crowds to 25% of their normal capacity. That said, millions will no doubt be watching remotely with baited breath to see which team will capture the first title since Virginia’s 2019 win.

Wondering how to get your eyeballs on all these high-stakes contests without a cable subscription? Look no further.

March Madness 2021 dates and times

March Madness 2021 began with Selection Sunday determining the tournament bracket on March 14. The tournament will commence with the First Four on March 18 starting at 5:10 p.m. ET. Below you can find a chart of the key dates and times for 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, as laid out by the official NCAA March Madness website.

For a full breakdown of each game’s specific airing station and time, check out this handy list.

Event Coverage begins Channels
Selection Sunday

6 p.m. ET on March 14

CBS
First Four

5:10 p.m. ET on March 18

TruTV, TBS
First round (day one) 12:15 p.m. ET on March 19 CBS, TruTV, TNT, TBS
First round (day two) 12:15 p.m. ET on March 20 CBS, TruTV, TNT, TBS
Second round (day one) 12 p.m. ET on March 21 CBS, TruTV, TNT, TBS
Second round (day two) 12 p.m. ET on March 22 CBS, TruTV, TNT, TBS
Sweet 16 (day one) 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET on March 27 CBS (afternoon), TBS (primetime)
Sweet 16 (day two) 1 p.m and 7 p.m. ET on March 28 CBS (afternoon), TBS (primetime)
Elite Eight (day one) 7 p.m. ET on March 29 CBS
Elite Eight (day two) 6 p.m. ET on March 30 TBS
Final Four 5 p.m. ET on April 3 CBS
NCAA Championship Game 9 p.m. ET on April 5 CBS

The 2021 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament will begin on March 21, with the Women’s Final Four planned for April 2, and the Women’s National Championship Game scheduled for April 4.

How to watch March Madness 2021

The easiest way to watch March Madness 2021 – which you likely have already figured out if you’ve got the credentials – is to use the March Madness Live website or streaming app, and sign in with a supported cable or satellite provider. From there, you can stream every game in the whole enchilada.

If you’re reading this article, however, you’re probably saying to yourself, “But I don’t have cable. That’s why I’m here.” Right! Well, there are other ways to watch, so fear not.

Games are being spread across CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV, and there are several streaming services that include one or more of those channels. If you want a single service with access to all four March Madness networks, Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV will be your best bet. Each service costs $65 a month.

If you just want access to some of the channels, we’ve broken additional details on streaming options for each network below.

How to watch the CBS games without cable

As a network station, there are many ways to stream CBS if you don’t already have a cable or satellite package.

Paramount Plus

One of the cheapest ways to get live CBS streaming access is via Paramount Plus. The service offers some exclusive on-demand content in addition to live streaming for plans starting at just $6 a month. You can find more information about Paramount Plus in our full guide here.

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Live streaming services with CBS

For people who want a larger assortment of channels to go along with CBS, live streaming services like Hulu + Live TV, AT&T TV, Youtube TV, and FuboTV all have you covered. Crucially, Sling does not offer CBS, so don’t go that route.

How to watch the Turner games without cable

Since TBS, TNT, and TruTV are all Turner networks, they all fall under the same subscription umbrellas. Unfortunately, their availability doesn’t overlap perfectly with CBS, which would have made this guide a little bit simpler and shorter. Alas!

Youtube TV

Youtube TV includes all the Turner networks and CBS, which makes it pretty enticing, but it does run $65 a month. You can get two weeks free up front if you’re new, and you get three simultaneous streams.

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Hulu with Live TV

Hulu also offers live streaming with all four networks included. It costs $65 a month, though you can plop down an extra $7 a month to get a bundle with Disney Plus and ESPN+ as well. You can get a week free to start, and you get to watch on two devices at once.

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AT&T TV

You’ll get CBS and the Turner networks with the “base” tier of AT&T TV, called “Entertainment,” though it does run $70 a month. You can watch on three devices at the same time, but there does not appear to be any sort of available free trial.

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Sling Blue

Sling has two basic packages: Sling Orange and Sling Blue. The Blue plan offers all three Turner networks, but Orange is missing TruTV. Blue will run you $35 a month, and you can watch three simultaneous streams. A three-day free trial won’t get you the whole tournament, but you could watch a solid slate of games that way. Remember, though: no CBS with Sling.

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How to watch the 2021 NBA All-Star Game this Sunday on TNT

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  • The 2021 NBA All-Star Game is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. ET on March 7.
  • You can watch the event on TNT through cable or live streaming services.
  • At $35 a month, Sling is the cheapest streaming platform with access to the game.

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Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the time-honored tradition of annual sporting events helps to assuage the pain of quarantine, even if most of us will have to curtail plans for our usual in-person gatherings. The NBA All-Star Game, showing off the skills of basketball’s best and brightest each year, is set to proceed on schedule this Sunday despite some protestations from notable players. 

Traditionally, the All-Star Game is part of NBA All-Star Weekend, which features a series of competitions over a three-day period. This year, the events will all take place in one night, with the game itself, a Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest, and Slam Dunk Contest all scheduled for March 7.

Last season, the league shook up the All-Star Game format by allowing leading vote-getters to act as captains for team selection, and implemented the Elam Ending to make the final minutes more exciting. That draft format will continue this year with LeBron James and Kevin Durant making selections on March 4 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT.

Joining them in the starting lineup are Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, Bradley Beal, and Kyrie Irving in the East, with Jayson Tatum tabbed as Durant’s fill-in. The West starters include Stephen Curry, Nikola Jokic, Kawhi Leonard, and Luka Doncic. This writer is still a little salty about the exclusion of Damian Lillard, but that’s neither here nor there.

Fans who want to watch the All-Star Game live have several platforms to choose from, including cable and live streaming services. Check out a full rundown of viewing options below.

How to watch the NBA All-Star Game

If you have a cable TV subscription, you can watch the NBA All-Star Game on TNT. The event starts at 6:30 p.m ET on March 7, and the game itself will begin at 8 p.m. ET.  You can also watch the event live using the TNT app on all your favorite platforms, but you need an authenticated pay-TV provider to sign in. 

Before the games starts, fans can watch the Skills Challenge and Three-Point Contest at 6:30 p.m. ET. The Slam Dunk Contest will then take place during halftime.

If you don’t have a cable subscription, read on for a breakdown of all the ways you can stream the NBA All-Star Game this weekend.

Streaming services with TNT

For the last decade or so, cable alternatives have become commonplace, offering a slightly more targeted option to those who don’t want to shell out for a hefty cable bill. 

They aren’t all that much cheaper than cable anymore – cost creep is real – but many offer free trials and they should all be available on most media devices, whether you use a laptop, a streaming stick, a smart TV, or a game console. For those wondering, neither FuboTV nor PhiloTV currently offer TNT in their streaming packages.

Sling TV

Sling TV is, by now, the elder statesman of the cord-cutting family. Most have heard of Sling and are at least somewhat familiar with how it works. Still, its two-package offering isn’t necessarily self-explanatory. 

If getting TNT is your goal, you can opt for either Sling Orange or Sling Blue. The two have different channel packages but both include the Turner flagship network. Each plan costs $35 a month, or you can drop $50 for both combined (this should be called Sling Brown, but it’s not). 

Sling Blue allows three simultaneous streams, whereas Orange limits you to one, so keep that in mind if you’ve got friends or family who are also interested. A three-day free trial will get you free access to the All-Star Game if you time it right and remember to cancel.

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Youtube TV

Youtube TV may be the most comprehensive offering of any popular live streaming platform, with more than 85 channels, but it’s also one of the priciest, clocking in at $65 a month with no opportunity to pick and choose more svelte packages for less money. 

TNT is, of course, included. Currently, the service is offering a two-week free trial, though availability and length does vary, so we can’t currently guarantee that will still be on the table come game time. Youtube TV allows three simultaneous streams.

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Hulu + Live TV

If you’re an NBA fan, you probably know Hulu has live sports. I mean, if you haven’t heard it from Giannis Antetokounmpo, Damian Lillard, and Joel Embiid already, are you even a fan? (Just kidding. No gatekeeping here.) 

Hulu actually offers less channels than Youtube TV for the same $65 price tag, but it does include access to Hulu’s entire library of on-demand shows and movies. There’s also a nifty $72 monthly bundle that adds access to ESPN+ and Disney Plus, so if you’re a huge sports fan or a parent that’s a viable route. 

With Hulu + Live TV, you’ll be able to watch on two devices at once. A seven-day free trial awaits, should you choose to provide your credit card number.

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AT&T TV 

AT&T TV is the streaming arm of the telecom giant’s TV division. With the different package tiers, you’re essentially getting the same thing you would get with their cable packages, just boxed up in some different wrapping paper. 

The “base” tier, called Entertainment, costs $70 and includes more than 65 channels (like TNT) with a ton of on-demand content to boot. Jump up to the $85 Choice package and you’ll get a “complimentary” subscription to HBO Max and NBA League Pass, plus an extra 25-30 channels. You can watch three simultaneous streams with an AT&T TV account. 

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The sneaker resale market exploded in 2020. These were the most expensive sneakers that sold on The RealReal this year, where some pairs went for up to $20,000.

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The sneaker resale industry has continued to thrive amid a pandemic.

  • The sneaker industry thrived in 2020.
  • Hyped collaborations and a surge in demand for the Air Jordan brand helped keep the sneaker resale market hot.
  • Luxury consignment platform The RealReal shared a roundup of the most expensive sneakers to sell on the platform in 2020.
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2020 was a fantastic year for sneakers, pandemic notwithstanding. 

While lockdowns and store closures initially hurt production, the industry quickly bounced back, thanks to a variety of factors that helped ignite demand for certain pairs.

Across all sneakers available on resale platforms, Air Jordan soared above the rest in 2020, in part, thanks to the launch of ESPN’s Michael Jordan docuseries “The Last Dance.” 

Read more: In the ‘year of Jordan,’ GOAT CEO says demand for the retro sneakers has skyrocketed for reasons other than the ‘Last Dance’ documentary

Beyond Air Jordan, a slew of interesting new releases this year also fueled the hype.

The controversial Ben & Jerry’s-themed “Chunky Dunkys” and the Grateful Dead SBs are still fetching more than $1,100 and $700 on StockX, respectively.

Thus far, the $2 billion sneaker resale market has proven to be somewhat pandemic-proof. GOAT, a leading sneaker resale platform, saw a surge of new sellers joining the app at the start of pandemic. StockX, another leading sneaker resale platform, announced in a July report that it had surpassed 10 million lifetime sales and had its two biggest sales months ever during the months of May and June.

As 2020 draws to a close, Luxury consignment retailer The RealReal shared a roundup of the most expensive sneakers to sell on its platform in 2020. From the always popular “Back to the Future” themed Nikes to the Tom Sachs Mars Yard, here were the top sellers:

10. Nike Air Force 1 Low Scarr’s Pizza

Nike Air Force 1 Low Scarr’s Pizza

Sold for: $5,000

These sneakers were a result of a collaboration between Nike and Scarr’s Pizza, a New York City restaurant. The shoes were released for friends and family in August of 2019 and were inspired by the restaurant’s retro look. 

9. Nike SB Dunk Low “Reese Forbes Denim”

Nike SB Dunk Low 'Reese Forbes Denim' Sneakers

Sold for: $5,250

Released in 2002, this sneaker marked skateboarding legend Reese Forbes’ second Dunk collaboration. The denim-on-denim silhouette has made this pair iconic.

8. Nike x Tom Sachs Mars Yard Shoe 1.0

Nike x Tom Sachs Mars Yard Shoe 1.0 Sneakers

Sold for: $5,300

Designer Tom Sachs collaborated with Nike to launch this sneaker that was inspired by his experiences with NASA scientists. The sneaker initially launched in May of 2012 and was re-released in 2017.

7. Jordan 1 Retro Legends of Summer Red Glitter

Jordan 1 Retro Legends of Summer Red Glitter Sample Sneakers

Sold for: $6,500

These glittered sneakers launched during Justin Timberlake’s and Jay-Z’s fall 2013 “Legends of Summer” tour. At the time of the release, only a few pairs were given to fans.

6. Nike Air Force 1 Low G Dragon Peaceminusone Para Noise

Nike Air Force 1 Low G Dragon Peaceminusone Para Noise Sneakers

Sold for: $8,000

This low-top sneaker features a yellow leather Nike swoosh and daisy embroidery on the tongue.

5. Jordan 1 Retro Legends Of Summer

Jordan 1 Retro Legends Of Summer Sneakers

Sold for: $8,000

These limited edition Jordan 1s are were also from Justin Timberlake’s and Jay-Z’s fall 2013 “Legends of Summer” tour. This pair only surfaced on the resale market about a year after it dropped at the concert. 

4. Nike MAG “Back To The Future”

Nike MAG ‘Back To The Future’ Sneakers

Sold for: $9,995

The shoes inspired by the ones Michael J. Fox’s character Marty McFly wears in”Back to the Future Part II” was released in 2011. A product description on the Stadium Goods website describes the shoe as “perhaps the most sought-after sneaker of all time.”

3. Jordan 3/8 Retro ‘Kobe Bryant’ PE Pack

Jordan 3:8 Retro ‘Kobe Bryant’ PE Pack Sneakers

 Sold for: $11,875

The Jordan brand released these special-edition Jordans on February 14, 2016, to celebrate basketball legend Kobe Bryant. These sneakers are a tribute to Bryant’s 20 years in the NBA and feature the colors of the Los Angeles Lakers.

According to Amir Azarcon, The RealReal’s sneaker and streetwear expert, this limited edition pack became even more popular after the sudden death of Kobe Bryant in January.

2. Air Jordan 1 High OG Dior

Air Jordan 1 High OG Dior

Sold for: $16,500

Designer Kim Jones collaborated with the Jordan brand for this iconic Dior sneaker, which Azarcon described as the sneaker of the year. Launched in April of 2020, this pair represents a successful cross between sneaker culture and the luxury fashion space.

1. 2005 Parra x Nike Air Max 1 Hyperstrike Albert Heijn Amsterdam

2005 Parra x Nike Air Max 1 Hyperstrike Albert Heijn Amsterdam Sneakers

Price sold for: $20,000

These sneakers were one of two pairs designed by Dutch artist Pieter Jansen (Parra Patta) that were inspired by his hometown of Amsterdam. The colors on this pair represent Albert Heijn, a Dutch supermarket chain.

“This is one of the most coveted Air Max’s in the world, and this pair sold in less than 24 hours on our site,” said Azarcon.

 

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LeBron James and Anthony Davis won the NBA Finals in their first season as teammates on the Los Angeles Lakers.

  • The 2020-21 NBA season tipped off on December 22, less than 75 days after the conclusion of last year’s NBA Finals.
  • Team schedules are shortened from 82 to 72 games for the regular season, and the league’s calendar is condensed.
  • Regular season games will air on ESPN, TNT, ABC, NBA TV, and local team affiliate stations.
  • You can find one or more of those channels on live TV streaming like AT&T TV, Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, YouTube TV, and more.

The 2020-21 NBA season is now underway, with all 30 teams scheduled to play 72 games on a condensed calendar due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The start of the season comes less than 75 days after the conclusion of the last NBA season, which saw the Los Angeles Lakers prevail over the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.

The championship duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis make the Lakers the favorites to win the finals again this year, but teams like the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers enter the season with overhauled rosters and their own championship aspirations.

Earlier this year, the NBA was able to finish the regular season and playoffs with 22 teams at a quarantined site in Orlando, but teams will be traveling for games during the 2020-21 season. Fans won’t be allowed at games to start the season, and the NBA has installed a detailed protocol to prepare teams for potential coronavirus outbreaks.

The NBA season usually starts in October, but the pandemic pushed the start back to December 22. So far, the NBA has only released the first half of the season schedule in order to account for potential conflicts and other issues that may crop up during the winter. The NBA Playoffs typically begin in April, with the finals ending in June.

Updated on 12/23/2020 by Kevin Webb: This article has been revised with details for the 2020-21 NBA season.

How to watch the 2020-21 NBA regular season

The NBA season began on December 22; games are broadcast on ESPN, TNT, ABC, NBA TV and local team affiliates. You can stream games via the ESPN app, NBA.com, TNT.com, ABC.com, or ABC app if you have an authenticated pay-TV provider with access to those channels. 

Live TV streaming services also offer select NBA games, including platforms like Sling TV, AT&T TV, Hulu + Live TV, Fubo TV, and YouTube TV.

AT&T TV is one of the most comprehensive options for streaming the NBA season. The service includes ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV under its Choice plan for $65 a month. As part of a limited-time offer, AT&T TV is even including NBA League Pass Premium when you sign up for its Choice plan or above. NBA League Pass Premium offers access to live, out-of-market regular season games.

YouTubeTV also offers ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV for $65 a month, providing full access to all of the major broadcast networks that show NBA games.

Meanwhile, Sling TV includes ESPN and TNT as part of its Orange plan for $30 a month. Subscribers can add NBA TV via the Sling Sports Extra package for an additional $10 a month. Alternatively, you can add NBA League Pass to an Orange membership for an extra $29 a month. On the downside, Sling does not include ABC. 

Hulu + Live TV features access to ESPN, TNT, and ABC for $65 a month. However, NBA TV is not offered.

FuboTV includes ESPN, ABC, and NBA TV for $80 a month under its Elite plan, but TNT is not currently available.

You can also sign up to stream the NBA TV channel directly for $7 per month or $60 per year.

What is NBA League Pass?

NBA League Pass is also available as a subscription service on its own. League Pass gives you access to hundreds of NBA games, including ones that are outside of your local TV market. With that said, local blackouts apply, and League Pass does not include games that are nationally televised.

You can pay $120 to watch one team’s games all year, or $200 to access every team. The commercial free League Pass Premium costs $250 for the season. League Pass also allows monthly payments starting at $18, but you’ll end up paying almost twice as much as the annual cost if you pay monthly all season.

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