Fun Friday

MarchmadnessMarch Madness is here! If you’ve been following College Hoops, you’re probably wanting to get in on a pool for the College Basketball Tournament. There are lots of them all around the web and some of them offer pretty big prizes. Big names like Yahoo are in on it, even Social Network Facebook!

Here’s a quick overview of a few of the pools you get get in on:

Facebook is offering a grand prize of $25,000! They’ll be following the tournament with news, photos, team pages, game updates, and along side the grand prize, there will be over $35,000 worth of other prizes. You can create your own pool that is open for others to join, a closed pool which would require administrative approval for new members to join, or a secret pool where it would not appear in search results, or in the profiles of pool members. It’s by invitation only.

The big date to remember is March 11 when the bracket will be released, and users will have to go fill it out by March 15th to enter in the contest.

Fun fact: According to Marshall Loeb over at Market Watch, March Madness pools could result in $1.2 billion of lost productivity from workers participating. He also offers a few tips, like try picking a third or fourth, even a fifth ranked team to win the tournament. You may actually have a pretty good chance at winning because the number one and number two teams don’t always make it.

YahoosportsYahoo! Sports also has “The Maddest Bracket” where you are eligible to win HP Cameras, Laptops, TVs, $50,000 dollars, even $1 million dollars! Similar to Facebook, you can start selecting your teams on Sunday, March 11th and registration ends on March 15th before the tournament gets started. You can play alone, create your own private group to play against your friends, or join an existing group.

Another place around the web to get your fix of March Mania is USA Today. Their top prizes include a 42” Grand Wega High-Definition rear projection LCD TV, a 30 GB video iPod, and a $200 Circuit City gift card. While their prizes don’t quite add up toe the $1 million dollars that Yahoo is offering, it’s still a good place to go to create pools, select your teams, and get your updates.

Fun Fact: This year, TV ad spending will be over $500 million which sets a new record! CBS will be streaming live games on the Internet for free, which will also be another money maker.

Finally, if you’re wanting to create your own pool for the office, or your friends, check-out and take up their service to help you manage it.

As The Big Dance gets underway, be sure to pick your teams and get in on the chance to win big bucks!