Spring Sports Schedule: May 2016

May 11, 2016

Watching Sports in Spring Without a Cable Bill

What & Where to Watch – Week 2

Spring is an exciting time for sports fans. The NBA playoffs are in full swing, Major League Baseball is just starting up, and were all trying to find ways to cut unneeded expenses.

This week we’ll take a look at some of the top games in the NBA and MLB, as well as give you the scoop on how to watch the Invictus Games 2016 without a cable subscription.

Let’s get started!


You  have a couple different options to choose from when deciding how to watch MLB without cable. To watch the games on MLB Network, you’re going to have to get a subscription to MLB.tv. A yearly subscription will cost you $40, but you’ll get access to every out of market MLB game this season. For fans who can live without watching their home town team play, this options is perfect.

OTA Antennas also can provide access to MLB games, but this week nothing seems to be airing on a major network broadcast channel, so we will need to revisit this another time. To see the complete MLB Broadcasting schedule click here.

For anyone who is not willing to accept MLB Blackout rules, you are going to need access to Fox Sports 1 and/or ESPN – both of which are offered by Sling TV. But there is a catch – these two channels are included in two different subscription packages; which means you’ll have to spend $40 a month in order to get both networks.

Another streaming option that just hit the market is PlayStation Vue. They have 3 packages to choose from (very similar to cable packages btw) and their “Core Slim” package includes both ESPN and FS1. This package goes for $35 a month but does seem to have some location based blackout rules of it’s own. Read the fine print before you sign up.

If you’re not too keen on that idea, you have a fourth option: Radio. There are thousands of different online radio apps, many of which will allow you to access local broadcasts of the game you want to hear. The app TuneIn will actually give you the official MLB radio feed if you’re subscribing to their premium service; which costs $8 a month.

Top MLB Games for the Week

  • May 12, 2016 – Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox, 7:10 PM, MLB Network
  • May 14, 2016
    • Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians, 4:10 PM, Fox Sports 1
    • Atlanta Braves vs. Kansas City Royals, 7:15 PM, MLB Network
  • May 15, 2016 – St. Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 8:05 PM, ESPN

NBA Playoffs

Watching NBA basketball without cable is going to be a lot easier  than watching MLB baseball. The only thing you’ll need is a subscription to Sling TV; which costs $20 a month; or PS Vue which will cost you $35 a month (both of which offer free trials). When looking at Sling TV, pick the subscription that gives you ESPN, as it will also give you TNT; which is where the majority of games air.  Get your updated bracket here.

  • May 11, 2016 
  • May 12, 2016 – San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 8:30 PM, ESPN

Invictus Games

Created to help celebrate our wounded warriors, the Invictus Games was conceived. Millions tune in to watch America’s best compete in a series of athletic events.

This year the Invictus Games take place at Disney World in Orlando Florida, and I couldn’t be more excited. The only thing you need to watch the Invictus Games this week is ESPN; so again that Sling TV subscription will come in very handy.

Here’s a quick rundown of the broadcast schedule:

  • May 10, 2016
    • Track & Field Finals , 8 AM – 1 PM, ESPN3
    • Sitting Volleyball Semifinals, 2 – 4:30 PM, ESPN3
    • Sitting Volleyball Gold & Bronze Matches, 7 – 9:30 PM, ESPN3
    • Day 2 Primetime Show, 7 – 8 PM, ESPN2
  • May 11, 2016
    • Swimming Finals , 8 AM – 1 PM, ESPN3
    • Wheelchair Rugby Semifinals , 2 – 4:30 PM, ESPN3
    • Wheelchair Rugby Gold & Bronze Medal Matches & Exhibition, 7:30 – 11PM, ESPN3
    • Day 3 Primetime Show, 7 – 8 PM, ESPN2
  • May 12, 2016
    • Wheelchair Tennis Final , 8 – 10 AM, ESPN3
    • Wheelchair Basketball Semifinals, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM, ESPN3
    • Wheelchair Basketball Gold & Bronze Medal Matches, 2 – 4 PM, ESPN3
    • Closing Ceremony, 7 – 10 PM, ESPN2

To access ESPN3 with your Sling TV subscription, simply download the WatchESPN app or visit WatchESPN.com and sign in with your Sling TV username and password. 

So what’s on your viewing schedule for this week? Personally, I plan on following the Invictus Games all week. Let us know in the comments below or sound off on social media!

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