We've already discussed how workplaces can manage enthusiasm for the World Cup tournament.
Our office has been implementing these practices, and we've all been able to enjoy the tournament by broadcasting the game on our office TVs while we're working.
However, if your workplace isn't showing the matches like ours, don't despair. There are a couple ways you can stay on top of the games at the office without having to call in sick every time your favorite teams are playing.
Check out these options:
1. Get a World Cup iPhone app. Several companies have created some excellent iPhone apps just for the 2010 World Cup.
ESPN's 2010 FIFA World Cup app is fast, beautifully designed, and jam-packed with up-to-the-minute information on all your favorite teams. If you pay an extra fee of $7.99, you get access to live ESPN radio streams, constantly-updated video highlights, ESPN play-by-play commentary, and more.
The Univision World Cup app (Univision Futbol Copa Mundial 2010) doesn't give you live streams, but it does have video clips, stats, and recaps.
2. Same goes for iPad. If you want to enjoy the video clips on a nicer screen, the ESPN app works on your iPad, too.
3. Stream live on your non-iPhone. ESPN Mobile will be offering 56 games live on FLO TV, MobiTV, Sprint TV and Verizon V-Cast. Univision Movil will also stream all of its games live to Verizon V-Cast subscribers. And AT&T Mobile TV subscribers can get access to all 64 games.
4. Stream live on your computer. You can stream almost all of the games in real-time from ESPN3.com. To access the feed, you have to be a customer of an affiliated internet service provider (the list includes AT&T, Verizon, Cox Communications, Comcast, RCN, and several others). You also need to have Adobe Flash Player 10 installed on your computer.
UnivisionFutbol.com is also offering free live streams -- no matter what ISP you have. All live commentary is in Spanish, and, again, you need Flash Player 10 to watch.
5. Follow a good live blog. If running a live stream on your phone, tablet or real computer isn't an option, you can still feel like you're watching by following a really good live blog. The people behind them are generally soccer experts and huge fans, and their commentary is quite insightful -- and generally more colorful than that given on TV!
Some of our favorites include those found on World Cup Blog and The Guardian.
Of course, if all else fails and you're desperate to see an all-important game, you can always try sneaking out to a nearby sports bar for a 90-minute lunch. Make sure to reference Business Insider's extensive guide to the best bars in New York City for watching the World Cup.