One of the most often requested additions to Google Now's card system is college sports for the US, and it looks like at least some people are finally starting to see it. A very small number of Google Now users have seen cards appear for their favorite NCAA football and basketball teams (sorry, women's ice hockey fans, no dice). The results seem to be entirely contextual at the moment; you can't add college teams in the settings menu yet, but a few sports fans are seeing the relevant cards appear after they search for their team.

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Unfortunately, even that little bit of information doesn't seem to be live for everyone. After searching for University of Colorado and Texas A&M basketball several times, I still can't get the cards to appear on my Nexus 7. Google has been known to roll these things out in stages, and there are hundreds and hundreds of schools to add to the system, so it may take a while for your alma mater to appear. Hey Google: before April would be ideal.


Update: It looks like there's a slight delay in the appearance of teams after a search. Use the Google Search (Google Now) app to search for a specific team, and it should show up in the Sports menu before too long.


Thanks to Matt Tithof and Kevin for the tips!

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Laurence

    I'm still desperately waiting for the day that South African sport teams become available on Google Now.

    Yes, I realise that I will probably be waiting a long time for this.

    • http://twitter.com/IamPeePay Tomáš Petrík

      Or KHL for the European and Asian ice hockey.

  • Sammy Brence

    Mine Works on my Droid Razr HD Maxx I Searched for Oklahoma State and Bam. Now I have a Card.. Thanks for the info.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Nothing here yet. Hoping it's just a slow rollout.

      Edit: Ah, so searching for the teams directly using the Settings -> Google Now -> Sports -> Add Team doesn't find them, but just googling them using Google Search will eventually float them to My Teams automatically.

      We'll update the post with this info.

      • Sammy Brence

        Yep Gotta Search For it.. Like I Searched for Oklahoma State Cowboys Basketball Schedule. and Bamm.. Almost instant I had a Card and Notification.

  • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

    English football (soccer to you 'Muricans) teams need logos/icons. I only have a passing interest in football, but I'd like to see this happen.

    Also hoping NASCAR and IndyCar are added to Google Now, along with F1 at some point.

  • http://twitter.com/ghctim mitch g

    I have the ability to select teams...I have a section called sports

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Yeah, but none of the college teams can be added through this method. At least not for me.

  • Dinofan01

    The biggest news for me is Google finally updating the NBA icons. They're no longer just 2 pixel splotches of color and they look nice now.

  • Jamie

    UK Football teams were popping up "Now Alerts" for 2 weeks nearly month or two ago. They since disappeared!

    UK Football (soccer) teams like Chelsea and the leagues below have been in the team list over here almost since day one!

    like to see national teams like Wales and England added including the U19 and women league! I also like to see athletes in sports including swimming and tennis along with sport like F1. Australian Open ended few days ago and Wimbledon in June!

  • Mark

    After searching Texas A&M Basketball, Football, and Baseball, I was able to add A&M Basketball and the card is showing up now. I'm guessing that you can only add sports while they're actively playing, because when I searched for A&M basketball the next scheduled game came up in the Google search while as the others didn't. I also couldn't just add the teams through the settings menu, but the icons show up.

    • http://profiles.google.com/ted.boone Ted Boone

      An Aggie, eh? I'm a professor at Mays. Still a diehard Jayhawk when it comes to basketball season, though!