We are little more than a week away from the biggest game of the year, Super Bowl LI, and with that wait comes a special game to keep us entertained while we wait. That’s right, the Pro Bowl is going on this week and its already shaping up to be an interesting match-up; one that doesn’t require a cable subscription to watch.
If you’re looking to watch the Pro Bowl without cable, then you’ve come to the right place. But before we show you how, here’s a little background for anyone unfamiliar with the game.
The Pro Bowl is an exhibition game featuring some of the best players in the NFL. Initially conceived of in the late 70’s, the game originally was played at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii and was meant to serve as a reward to players that made the cut.
But as the nature professional sports evolved and as player paychecks began to sky rocket, the game began to lose relevance. That is, until ESPN swooped in and paid $1.6 billion for the broadcast rights to the Pro Bowl.
Ever since, the sports giant has been keen on getting a return on its investment, with some success. In 2016, the Pro Bowl was the fifth highest watched NFL game that season. That’s due in no small part to the fact that the game has become more of a show case for younger talent rather than a game for the greats.
This year, the Pro Bowl will take place in Orlando, Florida on Jan. 29, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET on ESPN. Unlike previous Pro Bowls, the teams won’t feature a fantasy-style roster but instead will pit the AFC and the NFC against each other.
This year, it’s actually pretty easy to watch the Pro Bowl without a cable subscription. As previously mentioned, ESPN will be broadcast the game; which means you’ll need to sign up for one of the two following streaming services: Sling TV or PlayStation Vue.
For Sling TV, you’ll want to subscribe to the $20 a month Orange package, which includes ESPN. For PlayStation Vue, you’ll want the Access Slim subscription for $30 a month. Both have their trade-offs.
Vue is more expensive, but it has a few more channels than Sling TV. The Access Slim package not only gives you ESPN, but also Fox Sports 1 & 2; so if you like other sports you might want to hold on to this one.
Sling TV, on the other hand, is cheaper and more in keeping with the bare-bones, a la carte style television watching we cord cutters crave. Ultimately, you should just go with your gut. Or, if you hate making hard choices, just sign up for a free trial for either Sling or Vue and skip out on all the fuss (just be sure to cancel before the trial ends so you don’t get charged for something you don’t want to keep).
Once you’ve signed up for either service, you should be good to go.
Aside learning how to watch the Pro Bowl without cable, the biggest question on everyone’s mind is: Who is going to win? Who will make it to the Super Bowl? With a far deeper bench of talent, my money is on the NFC; but what do you think? Let us know in the comments below or sound of on social media!
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