The fervor and excitement of college basketball’s March Madness tournament is contagious. But it can also make your network sick – if you don’t have the capacity to handle the increased demand from employee streaming of the games on tablets, smartphones, notebooks and other devices. Consider this: On Demand streaming service increased by 47% for the tournament’s first three rounds alone – a lot occurring during work hours. According to research by Modis (an IT staffing company), over 40% of IT professionals say March Madness has affected their networks. More than 34% say it entirely shut their networks down in the past and over 35% say it has slowed operations. So what do you do about it? Many businesses accept the reality of the fact that employees are going to stay connected with the games one way or another and set up TVs in break areas. Others take a harder line by tracking and addressing such steaming with disciplinary action. That’s a policy decision for you. But if your network is not robust enough to deal with the demand, you need to prepare.