Spring Sports Schedule: Early May 2016

May 04, 2016

Sporting Events – What & Where to Watch

Week 1 – Let the Games Begin

Spring is in the air, and everywhere I look people are having fun playing and watching their favorite sports. From baseball to basketball to yearly events like the Kentucky Derby, there is no shortage of athletic displays and amazing feats to watch; especially for those in the cord cutting community. Cable television may have ruled the roost a long time ago; but if you want to watch Spring sports without cable, all you need is an internet connection and an over-the-air antenna.

Here’s a quick rundown of the sporting events you can watch without cable this week:

MLB

When reviewing the below schedule, the first thing you will notice is that some of these games air on the official Major League Baseball Network; and a few air on ESPN and Fox Sports 1.

In order to catch the games on the MLB Network, you’ll need a subscription to MLB.tv. For $40, you get access to every out of market baseball game in the regular season; with emphasis on the phrase out of market. Unless you’re using a VPN (which masks your location), you’ll be unable to watch your local team play.

In order to catch the games on ESPN or Fox Sports, you’ll need a subscription to Sling TV; which costs $20 a month. But again, there’s a catch. You’ll have to make the choice between getting Fox Sport or ESPN (Multi-Stream vs Single-Stream); you won’t be able to have both unless you pay for two subscriptions (equaling out to $40 a month).

Now if you don’t mind listening to baseball games, as opposed to watching them, you can also subscribe to the service TuneIn which, among other things, gives you live streaming access to every official MLB radio broadcast. It costs $8 a month, and if you’re a fan of radio it’s worth a look.

  • May 4, 2016 – Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago White Sox, 8:10 PM ET, ESPN
  • May 6, 2016 – Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees, 7:05 PM ET, MLBN
  • May 7, 2016 – Washington Nationals vs. Chicago Cubs, 4:05 PM ET, Fox Sports 1
  • May 8, 2016 – Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees, 8:05 PM ET, ESPN

NBA Playoffs

Watching the NBA Playoffs this week is going to be a lot simpler than watching MLB. The only things you will need is an over-the-air antenna and a subscription to Sling TV. With the OTA antenna, you’ll be able to catch all the games on ABC, and in 1080i HD. And with that Sling TV subscription will, you will have access to ESPN and TNT. To see a full schedule of events, and an updated bracket, click here.

  • May 4, 2016
    • Atlanta Hawks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 8:00 PM ET, TNT
  • May 5, 2016
    • Miami Heat vs. Toronto Raptors, 8:00 PM, ESPN
  • May 6, 2016
    • Atlanta Hawks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 7:00 PM ET, ESPN
    • San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 9:30 PM ET, ESPN
  • May 7, 2016
    • Toronto Raptors vs. Miami Heat, 5:00 PM ET, ESPN
    • Golden State Warriors vs. Portland Blazers, 8:30 PM ET, ABC
  • May 8, 2016
    • Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Atlanta Hawks, 3:30 PM ET, ABC
    • San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 8:00 PM ET, TNT

Kentucky Derby

Known as one of the world’s most famous horse races (and cocktail party), the Kentucky Derby is certainly the most well known horse race in the US. Like the Super Bowl, it doesn’t matter if you watched the entire season of races beforehand; heck most people don’t. Instead, what matters most is the history, the tradition, and of course the silly hats. Like most races in previous years, the Kentucky Derby will air on NBC on May 7; so the only thing you’ll only need is an OTA antenna. Coverage of this historic race will start at 4 PM ET and conclude at 7:30 PM.

So what do you plan on catching this week? Myself, I’m looking forward to the big Yankees / Red Sox match-up; who doesn’t love a good rivalry?

Not to mention the Kentucky Derby this week! What’s your game of choice? Sound off on social media or let us know in the comments below!

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