Summer is finally over and fall is officially here; which means that many of America’s favorite past times will either be returning or finally getting into the swing of things. If you’re a cord cutting sports fan, you might be a little anxious over the fall season; and for good reason.
In years past it was very difficult to enjoy your favorite sporting event without a cable TV subscription. Luckily for us however, times have changed. Not only have they changed… but our options keep getting better and better.
In September there is great selection of exciting games on television, many of which are easily accessible for cord cutting enthusiasts like yourself. Let’s take a look at some of the more exciting games and events that will be happening in the month of September!
Although college football officially starts at the end of August, one game between two minor teams (North Dakota State at Montana) doesn’t quite constitute the glorious return of football. The first FULL weekend of college football starts on September 3rd with a total of eight games on Thursday, eight more on Friday, and 25 games on Saturday.
The most interesting matchup is going to be the game between the University of Alabama and the University of Wisconsin on Saturday, September 5th at 8PM EST on ABC. Although Alabama has been an unstoppable juggernaut for the last few years, the Crimson Tide isn’t quite what it used to be; and with an overall 11-3 record from last year, Wisconsin should prove to be more than a match for Saban and his team.
If you want to catch all the college football action this season, then you will need two things to make it happen: an over-the-air antenna and a subscription to Sling TV.
An OTA antenna will give you access to college football games on the broadcast networks (ABC,NBC,CBS, and FOX) and a Sling TV subscription (which costs $20 a month) will net you all of the game that air on ESPN and ESPN 2.
If you’re an SEC fan, you can also subscribe to the Sports Extra package and get the SEC network for an extra $5.
Click here to view the college football TV schedule.
After nine long months of waiting, the National Football League finally returns in all its concussion-inducing glory; and the first game is a doozy of a matchup. As the returning Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots will face off against AFC juggernaut the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Last year, everyone thought that the Super Bowl would come down to these two teams but Pittsburgh fell short in the playoffs; so it will be interesting to see how this matchup plays out.
The game, and by extension the 2015 NFL season, will kick off on September 10 at 7:30 EST on NBC. In order to watch the game, all you need is an OTA antenna to pick it up. With regards to watching the rest of the season, I would really recommend picking up NFL Game Pass in conjunction with getting an OTA antenna.
In sports, there are few rivalries as great at the Red Sox / Yankee rivalry. Boston and New York have always been rivals as far as cities go, so it’s only natural that these two teams would be each other’s arch nemesis.
On August 31st and September 1st and 2nd, the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees will square off in a three-game series. The first game and second game will take place at 7:10 PM EST while game three will start at 4:05 PM EST on the 2nd.
Where you live will really determine what network you see it on, or even if it airs on television. If you find yourself outside of the area for the Yankee/Red Sox game, you can always get a subscription to MLB TV to catch your out of market games.
For the rest of the season, if you find a game you want to watch that is on cable; getting a subscription to Sling TV will help. A lot of games air on TBS and ESPN; which are both available with Sling. Click here to view the 2015-2016 MLB schedule
All in all, September is going to be an exciting month for sports; especially if you’re a huge football fan. And the best part about it all is that you don’t have to bend to the wishes of the cable in order to catch all the action!
Are there any events that we might have missed? Sound off in the comments below and let us know!
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