Spring Sports Schedule: French Open, MLB, NHL & NBA Playoffs

May 24, 2016

How to Watch Spring Sports Without a Cable Bill

Where & What to Watch – Week 4

Another week has come and gone; and another exciting set of matches is on the horizon. This week we’ve got the NBA Conference Finals in full force, the NHL Conference Finals, the French Open, and another great set of MLB match-ups for us to look forward to; and all without the burdensome cost of cable. Let’s get started.

**All times in Eastern Time Zone**

MLB

Below I show you when and where to watch, but let’s first talk about “how to watch.” Unlike watching football without cable, most MLB games do not air on Major Network channels. To catch the MLB games on ESPN, you’re going to need a subscription to Sling TV. It’s $20 a month, there’s no commitments, and you get over 20 live television channels to stream; ESPN included. You can also get ESPN with PlayStation Vue’s new streaming offering, though it will cost you $10 dollars more than Sling.

Games on the MLBN is going to require a subscription to MLB.TV. It’s costs $40 a season and you get access to every out of market MLB game in a season. It’s a great tool for when the game you’re looking for is out of reach; especially early on in the season.

Finally, for the games on FOX, the only thing you’ll need is an over-the-air (OTA) antenna. With an OTA antenna, you can get access to all of the major broadcast networks in your area (Fox included) for free. Even if you don’t like baseball, OTA antennas are a fantastic tool for people looking for a better cable TV alternative.

ESPN

  • May 24 – Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals 7:10 PM, ESPN

MLBN

  • May 27 – Los Angeles Dodgers vs. New York Mets, 7:10 PM, MLBN

FOX

  • May 28 – dependent on your location
    • Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Texas Rangers, 7:10 PM, FOX
    • St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals, 7:10 PM, FOX
    • Los Angeles Dodgers vs. New York Mets, 7:10 PM, FOX

French Open

The French Open, also known as Roland Garros, is the second stop in the annual Grand Slam Tournament and one of the biggest tennis tournaments in the world. For the last couple of years, tennis fans have been able to watch coverage of the tournament via ESPN and NBC , but in recent years that has fallen by the wayside.

Your best bet to get comprehensive coverage is going to come to you from the online service Tennis Channel Plus. A year’s subscription will cost you $90, but you will get comprehensive coverage of over 45 world tennis tournaments; including the French Open.

Here’s what the first days of the tournament will look like:
W=Women’s M=Men’s

Sunday, May 22

  • 4:00 AM—3:00 PM: (M/W), First Round [Live]
  • 3:00 PM—5:00 AM: (M/W) [Rebroadcast]

Monday, May 23

  • 5:00 AM—3:00 PM: (M/W), First Round [Live]
  • 3:00 PM—5:00 AM: (M/W) [Rebroadcast]

Tuesday, May 24

  • 5:00 AM—3:00 PM: (M/W), First Round [Live]
  • 3:00 PM—5:00 AM: (M/W) [Rebroadcast]

Wednesday, May 25

  • 5:00 AM—3:00 PM: (M/W), Second Round [Live]
  • 3:00 PM—5:00 AM: (M/W) [Rebroadcast]

Thursday, May 26

  • 5:00 AM—3:00 PM: (M/W), Second Round [Live]
  • 3:00 PM—5:00 AM: (M/W) [Rebroadcast]

Friday, May 27

  • 5:00 AM—3:00 PM: (M/W), Third Round [Live]
  • 3:00 PM—5:00 AM: (M/W) [Rebroadcast]

Saturday, May 28

  • 5:00 AM—12:00 PM: (M/W), Third Round [Live]
  • 3:00 PM—5:00 AM: (M/W) [Rebroadcast]

NBA Playoffs

The NBA Conference Playoffs are in full effect, and if you’ve missed the first couple games and need to know how to watch the NBA Playoffs without cable; don’t worry, we’ve got your back. To watch the NBA Playoffs without cable, you’ll need a subscription to Sling TV and an over-the-air (OTA) antenna.

A subscription to Sling TV, which costs $20, gives you streaming access to 20+ live television channels; all with no contracts or commitments. Bundled in that default package is ESPN and TNT, which will be critical; as you’ll see in a moment. Again, you can also get these channels with PlayStation Vue, but at a higher cost point.

The OTA antenna will also be key a little on down the road as we get to the final face-off between the Eastern and Western Conference Champions. All of the matches will air on ABC, which can you watch for free with an OTA antenna.

Now, you might notice that Sling TV has an add-on with ABC, but I recommend getting the antenna anyway. An OTA gives you access to ALL of the major broadcast networks, not just one, and in the long run will be much less expensive than keeping a $5 add-on.

Now that we know how to catch the remaining playoff games, here are the games we’ve got left:

Eastern Conference Finals – Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Wednesday, May 25, TBD – ESPN*
  • Friday, May 27, TBD – ESPN*
  • Sunday, May 29, TBD – ESPN*

*If Needed

Western Conference Finals – Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Tuesday, May 24, 9:00 PM ET – TNT
  • Thursday, May 26, TBD – TNT*
  • Saturday, May 28, TBD ET – TNT*
  • Monday, May 30, TBD ET – TNT*

*If Needed

NHL Playoffs

We’re only a few games away from the final match-up of the NHL season. So if you’ve been out of the loop, it’s time to hop back in. Sadly, the last two games of the conferences finals will air on NBC Sports Network; which requires either a cable subscription or a PlayStation Vue subscription ($30 a month).

However, if you don’t mind waiting a little bit, you can still catch the playoffs with NHL.TV. NHL.TV allows you to stream every NHL game in a given season. Games that are locally or nationally televised are not available for live streaming, but they are available after the game airs.

Since the playoffs are nationally televised, they cannot be live streamed. But like I said, if you don’t mind waiting a little bit, you won’t be behind the eight ball too much. NHL.TV is currently the “Offseason” package for $24.99. Click here to find out more

NHL Playoffs Schedule: 

Eastern Conference Finals – Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Tuesday, May 24, 8:00 PM ET
  • Thursday, May 26, 8:00 PM*

*If needed

Western Conference Finals – St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks

  • Wednesday, May 25, 9:00 PM ET
  • Friday, May 27, 8:00 PM*

*If needed

Which games are you looking forward to the most this week? I’m pretty pumped to about the NBA Finals myself. Let me know what you think in the comments below or sound off on social media!

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