Monthly Archives: March 2010

MLS Master Schedule

MLS Logo MLS Master TV Schedule

Here’s a look at the rest of the currently announced MLS TV schedule, starting on April 1.

I feel like this would be a good time to mention that times and game selection are subject to change without notice…

Thursday, April 1

Real Salt Lake at Houston Dynamo, ESPN2, 9 p.m.

Chivas USA at L.A. Galaxy, ESPN2, 11 p.m.

Saturday, April 3

Chicago Fire at Colorado Rapids, TeleFutura, 4 p.m.

New York Red Bulls at Seattle Sounders, FSC, 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 10

New York Red Bulls at Chivas USA, TeleFutura, 4 p.m.

D.C. United at Philadelphia Union, FSC, 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 15

Philadelphia Union at Toronto FC, ESPN2, 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 17

Chivas USA at Houston Dynamo, TeleFutura, 4 p.m.

Real Salt Lake at L.A. Galaxy, FSC, 10:30 p.m

Thursday, April 22

Seattle Sounders at FC Dallas, ESPN2, 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 24

Philadelphia Union at New York Red Bulls, TeleFutura, 4 p.m.

Chivas USA vs. San Jose Earthquakes, FSC, 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 1

New York Red Bulls at D.C. United, TeleFutura, 4 p.m.

Kansas City Wizards at Houston Dynamo FSC, 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 5

Kansas City Wizards at D.C. United, ESPN2, 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 8

LA Galaxy at Seattle Sounders, TeleFutura, 4 p.m.

New England Revolution at Columbus Crew FSC, 7 p.m.

Thursday, May 13

Houston Dynamo at Real Salt Lake, ESPN2, 9 p.m.

Saturday, May 15

FC Dallas at Philadelphia Union, TeleFutura, 4 p.m.

Chicago Fire at Kansas City Wizards FSC, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 20

Columbus Crew at New York Red Bulls, ESPN2, 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 22

D.C. United at Houston Dynamo, Galavisión, 8 p.m.

Thursday, May 27

FC Dallas at Chicago Fire, ESPN2, 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 29

New York Red Bulls at New England Revolution, Galavisión, 8 p.m.

Philadelphia Union at Houston Dynamo, FSC, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 5

Chivas USA at New York Red Bulls, FSC, 7:30 p.m.

Houston Dynamo at L.A. Galaxy, Galavisión, 8 p.m.

Thursday, June 10

D.C. United at Seattle Sounders, ESPN2, 10 p.m.

Saturday, June 26

L.A. Galaxy at Toronto FC, FSC, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 27

Seattle Sounders at Philadelphia Union, ESPN2, 5 p.m

Thursday, July 1

Houston Dynamo at Toronto FC, ESPN2, 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 3

Chicago Fire at Columbus Crew, FSC, 8 p.m.

Philadelphia Union at Chivas USA, FSC, 10:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 8

Real Salt Lake at Chicago Fire, ESPN2, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 10

San Jose Earthquakes at Philadelphia Union, FSC, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 15

Seattle Sounders at D.C. United, ESPN2, 8 p.m.

Sunday, July 18

LA Galaxy at D.C. United, FSC, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 22

San Jose Earthquakes at L.A. Galaxy, ESPN2, 10:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 25

Colorado Rapids at Seattle Sounders FC, FSC, 11 p.m.

Thursday, August 5

Columbus Crew at Philadelphia Union, ESPN2, 8 p.m.

Sunday, August 1

Chicago Fire at L.A. Galaxy, FSC 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 7

Chivas USA at Toronto FC, TeleFutura, 4 p.m.

Sunday, August 8

Philadelphia Union at FC Dallas, FSC 7 p.m.

New York Red Bulls at Chicago Fire, ESPN2, 9 p.m.

Saturday, August 14

Colorado Rapids at Philadelphia Union, TeleFutura, 4 p.m.

L.A. Galaxy at New York Red Bulls, FSC 6 p.m.

Saturday, August 21

L.A. Galaxy at San Jose Earthquakes, TeleFutura,4 p.m.

Chivas USA at FC Dallas, FSC 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 28

FC Dallas at Columbus Crew, TeleFutura, 4 p.m.

Houston Dynamo Colorado Rapids, FSC 9:30 p.m.

Sunday August 29

D.C. United at Chivas USA, ESPN2, 10 p.m.

Saturday, September 4

LA Galaxy at Chicago Fire, TeleFutura, 4 p.m.

Columbus Crew at D.C. United, FSC, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday Sept. 9

Real Salt Lake at Seattle Sounders, ESPN2, 11 p.m.

Saturday, September 11

Colorado Rapids at New York Red Bulls, TeleFutura,4 p.m.

Chicago Fire at Philadelphia Union, FSC, 6 p.m.

Saturday, September 18

Chicago Fire at Real Salt Lake, TeleFutura,4 p.m.

D.C. United at LA Galaxy, FSC, 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 25

Chivas USA at Philadelphia Union, TeleFutura,4 p.m.

Colorado Rapids Real Salt Lake, FSC, 10 p.m.

Friday Sept. 24

New York Red Bulls at L.A. Galaxy, ESPN2, 11 p.m.

Wednesday Sept. 29

Chicago Fire at San Jose Earthquakes, ESPN2, 11 p.m.

Saturday, October 2

Houston Dynamo at Philadelphia Union, TeleFutura,4 p.m.

Chicago Fire at FC Dallas, FSC, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 3

L.A. Galaxy at Chivas USA, ESPN2, 8 p.m.

Thursday, October 7

L.A. Galaxy at Philadelphia Union, ESPN2, 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 9

Colorado Rapids FC Dallas, TeleFutura,4 p.m.

Toronto FC at Chivas USA, FSC, 10:30 p.m.

Friday, October 15

Chivas USA at Seattle Sounders, ESPN2, 11 p.m.

Saturday, October 16

D.C. United at Chicago Fire, TeleFutura,4 p.m.

New York Red Bulls at Philadelphia Union, FSC, 6 p.m.

Thursday, October 21

New England Revolution at New York Red Bulls, ESPN2, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 23

Seattle Sounders at Houston Dynamo, TeleFutura,4 p.m.

Chicago Fire Chivas USA, FSC, 11 p.m.

Major League Soccer Talk http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com/mls-master-tv-schedule/8534 MLS Master Schedule March 31, 2010

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Reviewing the CBS Sports NCAA March Madness Application for iPod and iPhone

With either iPhone or iPod devices, you can view every single NCAA tournament game, anytime and anywhere you wanted, with LIVE coverage! This is made promising with CBS Sports NCAA March Madness Application for iPod and iPhone devices.

What is CBS Sports NCAA March Madness?

It is a new exiting application designed for both the iPhone and iPod devices. The CBS Sports NCAA March Madness App is also associated with CBS Interactive Inc, which is intended for live video streaming purposes. What it offers for viewing are every NCAA tournament live events. So, to those iPhone/iPod fanatics who at the same time avid NCAA game viewers, you have got a good reason to go get this app for you iPhone or iPod gadgets.

Heads Up

Prior to get a share of this CBS Sports NCAA March Madness, be sure to know what you ought to discern about such application. The following are both the good and the bad side of the said iPod and iPhone software.

Pros

It keeps you lively updated with the NCAA games, events and team statistics. Additionally, radio coverage for each game is also accessible. Aside from the live updates, the CBS Sports app is also embedded with multiple useful features to every iPhone and iPod users.

Among the most valuable features of the application are the Tournament Brackets and News. The main screen or page encompasses the schedule of tournaments and NCAA match-up plays. Preview tab lists are also provided and perceptible in every game. Such feature seizes the benefit from various ranges of criteria as such with coaching, front court and more.

As for the news feature, CBS Sports March Madness app is also loaded with news contents. Nevertheless, some people may find the reading interface a bit odd due to the black background and white foreground.

Additional features included in the CBS Sports application is the Twitter and Facebook, which would then allow you to create updates directly from this iPhone and iPod application.

Tournament brackets can also be updated by utilizing a CBSSports.com account that is free. You can create such account for future uses. Push notifications utility is also accessible in this March Madness app from CBS Sports. With this feature you can create alerts for more breaking news. Furthermore, you too can create additional alerts for a certain NCAA game you wish to keep posted. With the alert option, you will never be late nor missed every single game you love to watch. Not only that, you can also keep track on the current score updates.

Cons

Well, it is quite not good to know that such sports application for both the handy phones is expensive. Knowing that the application costs around $10 is really not that feasible for two-week NCAA sports coverage.  Not only that, you too may need to repurchase theapplication annually, just to stay updated with the NCAA tournaments in the succeeding years, per se the 2011 NCAA tournament events. The integration of several commercials is also one annoying aspect theapplication seizes.

With 3G and WiFi networks, you can then be good to go with your CBS Sports NCAA application in either your iPod or iPhone unit. It’s just another valuable application for the NCAA sports lovers across the globe. All these and more features can be perceived with March Madness App from CBS Sports.

Touchgeek.com http://www.touchgeek.com/reviewing-the-cbs-sports-ncaa-march-madness-application-for-ipod-and-iphone/ Reviewing the CBS Sports NCAA March Madness App for Ipod and Iphone, March 17, 2010

Sports Travel: Final Four — NCAA men’s Basketball

Final Four — NCAA men’s Basketball

When?
Every year in the beginning of April.
Future Locations:

2010–Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis,IN
2011–Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX

Significance:
March is a significant month for not only college basketball fans, but also office betting pool participants. “March Madness” sees sixty-five teams compete in a single elimination tournament throughout the country to crown the NCAA Men’s Division I basketball champion. Throughout the season all teams vie for one thing: a chance to appear at the “Big Dance.” The last four teams standing then move on to the Final Four national semifinals to determine the NCAA champion.

Locations vary from year to year.

While wagering is on the rise in office complexes across the country during March Madness, productivity tends to dim. With broadcasts throughout what seems like all hours of the day, many of those games occur during times where viewers should be attending to work-related matters. CBS is the current home of the NCAA basketball tournament, composed of conference tournament champions from each Division I conference. They receive automatic bids with the remaining slots chosen and seeded by the NCAA selection committee based on various criteria. The two lowest seeds play
for the opportunity to enter the first round, called the “play-in-game,” a tradition started in 2001.

The Final Four is just that, a surviving quartet of the best teams that have won their regional brackets. Winners advance to the finals. This is a seminal event in college basketball history, with March being one of the most anticipated months for sports fans overall. It’s the chance to see the best play the best, and the underdogs upset the favorites. There is so much “hoopla” that takes place onsite at this event as thousands of ardent college basketball fans take over a host city. Look out for well-known coaches
as the National Association of Basketball Coaches holds its annual conference each year during Final Four weekend.

Who attends?
Die-hard college basketball fans and loyalists of the schools competing in the Final Four.

History
According to the NCAA, the term “Final Four” was originated in a 1975 newspaper article by Ed Chay, a sportswriter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, in reference to the NCAA basketball semifinals. The name grew in popularity and the NCAA owned the trademark by the early eighties. H. V. Porter of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) was the first to coin the phrase “March Madness” in a 1939 essay titled the same. Television announcer Brent Musburger popularized it in the early eighties while calling the NCAA tournament games. Today the IHSA and the NCAA share the trademark, but that did not come without a legal tussle that saw the IHSA buying the trademark from a resourceful television production company called Intersport, Inc. After much legal wrangling, a dual-trademark was granted by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, allowing the NCAA to
share ownership.

Notable Athletes:
Patrick Ewing, Georgetown University
Isiah Thomas, Indiana University
Bill Walton, UCLA
Carmelo Anthony, Syracuse University
Richard Hamilton, University of Connecticut
Michael Jordan, University of North Carolina
Chris Webber, University of Michigan
Pervis Ellison, University of Louisville
Ed Pinckney, Villanova University
Larry Johnson, UNLV
Chris Mullin, St. Johns University
Danny Manning, University of Kansas
Christian Laettner, Duke University

Records:
Team:
Most titles: UCLA, 11
Final Four appearances (Tie):
University of North Carolina and UCLA, 17
Most Final Four wins: UCLA, 24

Individual:
Points: Bill Bradley, 58, Princeton vs. Wichita State, 1965
Three-Point field goals: Freddie Banks, 10, UNLV vs. Indiana, 1987
Rebounds: Bill Russell, 27, San Francisco vs. Iowa, 1956
Assists: Mark Wade, 18, UNLV vs. Indiana, 1987
Blocked Shots (Tie): Danny Manning, 6, Kansas vs. Duke, 1988; Marcus Camby, 6, Massachusetts vs. Kentucky, 1996; Joakim Noah, 6, Florida vs. UCLA, 2006

Traditions:
At the event itself, the NCAA Fan Experience is a hands-on, interactive event that gets fans in the mood for great college basketball, if they’re not already. Fans can participate in various activities, see the history of NCAA basketball and even have the chance to bump into the NBA stars of tomorrow. The Fan Experience runs all week leading up to the Championship game and usually takes place at the host city’s convention center.

 2008 NCAA Final Four  Courtesy of Beau B, Flickr Creative Commons
2008 NCAA Final Four  Courtesy of Beau B, Flickr Creative Commons

Tickets:
For primary ticket access information, consider contacting the NCAA for rules on the lottery system. A minimal number of upperlevel seats are offered via the lottery each year. Your best bet, though, for this event is to use the secondary market as odds are against getting seats through the lottery. In addition, the seats made available in the lottery are always upper level.

For secondary ticket access, consider:

GoTickets, Inc.
2345 Waukegan Road, Suite 140
Bannockburn, IL 60015-1552
Toll-Free: 1-800-775-1617
Fax: (919) 481-9101
E-mail: sales[at]gotickets.com
www.gotickets.com

Travel Packages:
If you are going to travel to this event, I would recommend using a reliable company to work with you on making the necessary arrangements. These suppliers listed have solid references and are by far the most trusted in the business. Below are some of the organizations to try for this Top 100 Must See Sporting Event.

Premiere Corporate Events
14 Penn Plaza, Suite 925
New York, NY 10122
Phone: (212) 695-9480
Fax: (212) 564-8098
Toll-Free: 1-877-621-5243
E-mail: requests[at]tseworld.com
www.tseworld.com
www.pcevents.com

Premiere Sports Travel
201 Shannon Oaks Circle, Suite 205
Cary, NC 27511
Phone: (919) 481-9511
Fax: (919) 481-1337
Toll-Free: 1-800-924-9993
E-mail: sales[at]sportstravel.com

Best place to watch the action:
It is important to note that the tickets for the NCAA championship game are not as pricey as seats to the Final Four semifinals. If you do not hold allegiance to one particular team, then wait until the Monday of the title match. By then, the losing teams and their die-hard fans go home after the semifinals. You have a chance to score some great seats at below-market prices from a devastated loyalist whose team let them down.
Join the masses lining the corridors as these fans exit for your chance to get a ticket or upgrade to a better seat for the second game after the first of the two games on Saturday. An easier option is to arrange for tickets to the championship game through a secondary ticket provider such as GoTickets.


Best place to get up close:

Take in the College All-Star basketball game on Friday night. Usually, the host city will hold one prior to the start of the Final Four. While you will not see players from the semifinals, you will have an opportunity to see some of the best that college basketball has to offer. Compared to the price of Final Four and championship tickets, this is a bargain.

Best Travel Tip:
Prepare to take in the sights of the host city. While Final Four weekend is never-ending excitement, there is downtime between Saturday’s games and Monday’s title tilt. Find out the local haunts or high-profile tourist spots to attend to fill that time.

Notable Quotes:
“The drama and the magic relate to the nature of the event itself, to the fact that these are college students. They are still young. They are well trained and well coached in most cases. But in every Final Four the human factor looms large: who rises to the occasion; who makes mistakes.”—Senator Bill Bradley, 1965 Most Valuable Player of the Final Four

“It’s the best sporting event that I’ve ever attended. I feel fortunate to be able to have been a part of that. But I’m also looking forward to going to a Super Bowl one day. Or a World Series. An Indianapolis 500. Or the Kentucky Derby. But as of right now, that’s the most enjoyable sporting event that I’ve ever experienced.”Danny Manning, former University of Kansas basketball star

Wandering Educators http://www.wanderingeducators.com/best/traveling/sports-travel-final-four-ncaa-mens-basketball.html Robert Tuchman 3/05/2010