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Jim Williams: Following the NCAA tournament has never been easier

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As a city of transients, Washington is different than most cities as far as the NCAA tournament goes. Yes, the Verizon Center will host the East Region on March 28 and 30. And yes, there are plenty of Georgetown, Maryland and Virginia fans.

But the District goes well beyond the local teams. On Capitol Hill, each team in the NCAA tournament has a representative and at least one fan. So things will be very active in town come Thursday and Friday with some quality trash talking.

Let's talk coverage. This is the third year of a multiyear deal between CBS and Turner Sports. Things get started on truTV with the First Four on Tuesday night.

The networks involved are CBS, TNT, TBS and truTV. CBS will broadcast 26 games from the second round on, including the Final Four. TBS will televise 16 contests in the second round, third round and Sweet 16. TNT will televise 12 games in the second and third rounds. Meanwhile, truTV will air 13 games, including the First Four.

On the radio, you can follow the action on ESPN 980 for Georgetown as well as all the other Dial Global coverage of the NCAA tournament. You can also access the games for free at DialGlobalSports.com. Sirius-XM subscribers have access to all the games.

One of the biggest and most popular ways to follow the NCAA tournament is via broadband at NCAA.com, CBSSports.com or BleacherReport.com. Every game can be accessed via your computer, tablet or smartphone. For those who plan on watching via tablet or smartphone, download the free March Madness app.

As in the past, you can access a game in full screen mode or use a quad-screen split to view four games at once.

There also will be a social media component that will allow you to tweet or post video while you are watching the games.

Examiner columnist Jim Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning TV producer, director and writer. Follow him on Twitter @wordmandc.

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