Cord Cutting for Sports Fans: Watch Sports a la Carte

July 29, 2015

No longer do you need a cable subscription to watch the sporting events you love.


For many Americans, sports are the third rail of entertainment. Regardless of how they consume media, be it through cable or cord cutting, it had better come with the option to watch their favorite sport and team.


In previous years, cord cutting for sports fans meant having to go without watching sports because cable television had the athletics world wrapped around its finger; but thankfully that is no longer the case. In addition to gaining to access to ESPN 1 & 2 through services like SlingTV, sporting leagues themselves have started to offer streaming subscriptions to consumers (much to the chagrin of Big Cable).


Let’s take a look at what our options are:





Believe it or not, the NFL offers several different ways to watch NFL without cable. There are three different services available to football fans in the United States and they are as follows: NFL Rewind (soon-to-be replaced with NFL Game Pass), NFL Sunday Ticket, and NFL Mobile.


RAZR_M_NFL-624x318NFL Mobile is a cheap and easy service provided to Verizon customers for $5 a month. NFL Mobile broadcasts all the local games that you would normally get through an OTA antenna. Sadly there are no out of market games, but you still get direct streams of Monday Night Football, Thursday Night Football, Sunday Night Football, NFL on FOX, and NFL on CBS. For an extra $2, you also get NFL Red Zone; which features every touchdown from every game on Sunday.


If you are one of the few people outside of Direct TV’s service area, then you can qualify for NFL Sunday Ticket.  With Sunday Ticket, you can stream very regular and post season NFL games on your PC, tablet, gaming console, and phone. You also get access to the Red Zone Channel, which works just like the NFL Red Zone on NFL Mobile.


Perhaps the best streaming option for football fans is NFL Game Rewind, which allows you to watch every regular season and postseason game, for a price. However, this specific service is retiring July 31, 2015 and being replaced with the new NFL Game Pass service (which seems to offer similar functionality). The only downside is that you have to wait until the next day to watch all regular season & playoff games (some pre-season games will be available live per the fine print), but if you don’t mind waiting it’s amazing.


The new Game Pass service promises to provide football fans with flexibility and will be available on multiple devices, including iOS, Android and Windows mobile platforms as well as Apple TV and Xbox One. This will make the Xbox One an even more powerful cord cutting tool.





Baseball is one of those sports where it is nearly impossible to watch EVERY baseball game in a regular season; but if you’re the kind of person that wants to try anyway, then I’ve got some streaming options that you might want to try. Believe it or not there are ways to watch Baseball without Cable.


MLB.TV is a subscription service that lets you watch every out of market baseball game for just $10 a month. The drawback to this service is that its weird blackout rules apply to away games. For example, if you live in Atlanta and the Braves are in San Francisco, you still won’t be able to watch the game.


mlbTv (1) But then again, you should still be able to watch the game with an OTA antenna; so as long as you’ve got that you should be all set to go!


If you want to watch post season baseball, then you’ll want to sign up for PostSeason.TV. PostSeason.TV works just like MLB.TV, just with the post season. Instead of getting the official stream, like MLB.TV gets, PostSeason.TV subscribers get 10 alternate camera angles and no announcer, but the announcer problem can be fixed by tuning into the radio. PostSeason.TV is not ideal, but for $5 a month it will do in a pinch.





For the most part, the majority of Basketball games air on ESPN or TNT, which can limit your options if you don’t want to pay for cable or subscribe to Sling.TV; which carries both networks. If you’re looking for a simple direct way to watch basketball without cable, there are two options you can look at: TNT Overtime and NBA League Pass.


TNT Overtime is an online service that allows you to watch every TNT game for free. The trade off is that you don’t get the official broadcast; instead you get four different camera angles, which you can watch simultaneously, and no commentary. It’s not the best; but hey, it’s free!
nba-league-passNBA League Pass will get you every out of market NBA game for $150. While that may sound pricey, you will easily spend that amount of money on a month or two of cable; so it’s worth the price.





Believe it or not, tennis fan can get some of the most comprehensive coverage out of any sports fan. With two simple services, you can get more tennis than you could physically watch. Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look at all the ways to watch Tennis online.


For $70 a year, you can subscribe to Tennis Channel Plus. With Tennis Channel Plus, you get you can stream up to 650 live events and 45 tournaments; the French Open included. Most of the matches included lower ranked players, but if you’re a tennis fan it will still be entertaining.


For $130, you can subscribe to Tennis TV. Tennis TV is the official streaming service of the ATP World Tour and WTA. This service will allow you to stream over 2,000 ATP World Tour and WTA matches a year. You can also watch any match on-demand for up to seven days after it airs.



Watching Sports Without Cable


Sports fans, you don’t have to subscribe to pricey cable subscriptions in order to enjoy your favorite sports. As we’ve seen today, there are numerous streaming options for the discerning sports fan in you.


If you’re ready to stop paying thousands of dollars every year for bad service and poor choices, then you know what you have to do. Take the leap, cut the cord, and Kill The Cable Bill today!


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