Spring Sports Schedule: May 2016 Week 3

May 16, 2016

Watching Sports in Spring Without a Cable Bill

What & Where to Watch – Week 3

With the end of May coming upon us, we are starting to see the sporting world heat up. Basketball fans are salivating over the Conference Finals and are eagerly awaiting NBA Finals kick off in June. Tennis and soccer fans are chomping at the bit as they wait one more week until the French Open & UEFA Champions League Final (respectively). And cordcutters everywhere are looking for new ways to save money.

For this week of sporting events, we’ve got a set of exciting MLB match-ups, NBA Conference Finals and a few races that should keep the excitement going as summer approaches. Here’s what we’re looking at for this week!

**All times in Eastern Time Zone**


Now that you know what to watch, let’s talk about how to watch MLB without a cable subscription. Below I have listed a handful of high profile MLB match-ups. For the first game on my list, all you need is a handy subscription to Sling TV. It’ll cost you $20 a month, and for the price, you’ll get streaming access to 20+ live television channels; which is perfect for cord cutters, even if you don’t like sports.

As far as the last three games on FOX, the only thing you’ll need is an over-the-air antenna. But, as you might have also noticed, all three games air at the same time; which means the game you will have access to will will depend on your market.

If you can’t watch the game you want to watch, all you have to do is get a subscription to MLB.tv; which costs $40 and gives you access to every out of market MLB game in a season.

  • May 18, 2016 – Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets, 7:10 PM, ESPN
  • May 21, 2016
    • Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco Giants, 7:15 PM, FOX
    • Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros, 7:15 PM, FOX
    • Washington Nationals vs. Miami Marlins, 7:15 PM, FOX

NBA Playoffs

Good news for NBA fans – watching the NBA Playoffs without a cable bill is a piece of cake. The only service that you need is Sling TV. You can also sign up for PlayStation Vue, but that costs 1.5x more at $35 a month. For the extra cash, it does provide you with a slew more channels but they may or may not be worth it to you. Sling TV gives you ESPN and TNT as part of their base package. See the schedule below to see when and where to watch (updated TV Schedule here).

  • May 17 – Toronto @ Cleveland – ESPN
  • May 18 – Oklahoma City @ Golden State – TNT
  • May 19 – Toronto @ Cleveland – ESPN
  • May 21 – Cleveland @ Toronto – ESPN
  • May 22 – Golden State @ Oklahoma City – TNT
  • May 23 – Cleveland @ Toronto – ESPN


This week in NASCAR, we’ve got an interesting pair of races that breaks out of the usual Sunday afternoon format. The first NASCAR race we’ve got is the Sprint Showdown. With only 20 laps, the Sprint Showdown is a much shorter race than most, and the prize is even stranger.

Winners of the Sprint Showdown become eligible to race in the NASCAR All-Star Race, which we’ll talk about in a second. The Sprint Showdown will air May 20, 2016 at 7:31 PM on Fox Sports 1.

Our second race of the week is the aforementioned NASCAR All-Star Race. The All-Star race is comprised of previous Sprint Cup Series winners, as well as the winners of the Sprint Showdown and the winners of a fan vote. Like the Sprint Showdown, the All-Star is much short that other NASCAR races; with only 110 laps.

The NASCAR All-Star Race is slated to commence on May 21, 2016 at 9:16 PM and air on Fox Sports 1.

In order to watch both of these races, you’ll still need that subscription to Sling TV; but you’ll need to order the package that included Fox Sports and not ESPN (Multi-Stream). It may seem like Sophie’s Choice picking between ESPN and Fox Sports; but if you don’t want to make the choice, you can also subscribe to both packages or listen to either ESPN or Fox Sports via online radio. The choice is yours!

Cord cutters, which games do you plan on watching this week? Sound off on social media or let us know in the comments below!

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