For College Basketball Fans, it’s March Madness Time

If you are a true-blue fan of college basketball, isn’t it madness that you don’t use your timeshare to put you courtside for the action?

It’s NCAA hoops time, and again this year, the nail biting excitement of college basketball teams in competition for the title of national champs, will cause millions—that’s right—millions of us to be parked in front of our televisions.

Each year, some fans cheer for schools with storied basketball traditions, like Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, or North Carolina. Other fans watch with the hope that this year a Wichita State, George Mason, or Valparaiso will write a Cinderella story. They call it March Madness for a reason and true fans know that when it comes to college basketball, on any given day, any single team can beat any other team and become the winner.

Typically, audiences for the televised coverage of NCAA tournament competition are record breakers for CBS Sports. In 2006, CBS also set, or came very close to setting, (depending on whose statistics you trust) the record for the largest online simultaneous streaming audience, with “March Madness on Demand.”

If you don’t already have tickets for this year’s games beginning March 13, you can plan to be back on the couch again. Even if you have tickets, don’t expect to be able to book a hotel room or make a timeshare deal to see the Final Four in Atlanta, Georgia or even most of the cities hosting the regional rounds.

Accommodations have long been sold out to people who planned to be sitting in the stands, viewing the action first hand, and bought their tickets and reserved their hotel rooms or timeshare condos far in advance. But as all true basketball fans know, “there’s always next year.” So next year, or the year after, why not plan to be at the games in person?

Here’s a partial schedule of future dates and sites. Mark it on your calendar, buy your tickets, and schedule your timeshare condo to put you at the right place at the right time.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 Dayton Ohio.

Thursday and Saturday, March 20 and 22, 2008 Anaheim, California; Omaha, Nebraska; Washington, D.C.

Friday and Sunday, March 21 and 23, 2008 Birmingham, Alabama; Little Rock, Arkansas; Raleigh, North Carolina; Tampa, Florida

Thursday and Saturday, March 27 and 29, 2008 Charlotte, North Carolina; Phoenix, Arizona

Friday and Sunday, March 28 and 30, 2008 Detroit, Michigan; Houston, Texas

Final Four: April 5 and 7, 2008 San Antonio, Texas

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 Opening round: Dayton, Ohio Thursday and Saturday, March 19 and 21, 2009 Greensboro, North Carolina; Kansas City, Missouri; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Portland, Oregon

Friday and Sunday, March 20 and 22, 2009 Boise, Idaho; Dayton, Ohio; Miami, Florida; Minneapolis, Minnesota

Thursday and Saturday, March 26 and 28, 2009 Boston, Massachusetts; Glendale, Arizona

Friday and Sunday, March 27 and 29, 2009 Indianapolis, Indiana; Memphis, Tennessee

Final Four: Saturday and Monday, April 4 and 6, 2009 Detroit, Michigan