As summer starts creeping on up on us, it’s getting hot hot hot in the world of hockey, basketball, and soccer. The NBA Finals kick off this week, along with the Stanley Cup and the Copa America Centenario (a leading global soccer tournament). If you are a cord cutter, the best news of all is that you don’t need to miss any of it.
Last but not least, Baseball fans have a lot to be excited about as well. We’ve got a lot to cover this week, so let’s get started!
If you want to watch Major League Baseball without cable this week, here’s how you do it. The first thing I suggest is a subscription to Sling TV; which costs $20 a month. With Sling TV you’ll be able to access all of the games on ESPN 1 and 2 this week; but that’s only if you subscribe to the default package.
For those of you that subscribed to the Multi-Stream package, you’ll be able to catch the games on Fox Sports 1 and Fox. Sadly, although the same price as the default, the Multi-Stream package DOES NOT come with ESPN 1 or 2.
If you happen to have a PlayStation 3 or 4, Amazon Fire TV, or an iOS device; then you can also take a look at PlayStation Vue. Vue works a lot like Sling TV but costs $10 more (it’s smallest package costs $30). The key difference is that it includes ESPN 1 & 2 AND Fox Sports 1 & 2.
For the games airing on the Fox broadcast network, I would suggest using an old fashioned over-the-air antenna. Sure, you can stream Fox on the Multi-Stream for Sling TV; but there’s a lot more value in an OTA antenna than just one channel. And best of all, there’s no monthly fee.
Last but certainly not least, we have Yahoo Sports MLB Free Game of the Day. Just use the aforementioned link to access each of the below Yahoo specific games. Did I just say free? Yes, yes I did…
In order to watch the Stanley Cup Finals this week, you’re really only going to need one device (OTA antenna). If an Antenna wont work for your location, you can also access the games on NBC Sports with a a subscription to PlayStation Vue. As I mentioned before, there are some limitations to Vue, but if you’ve got the right equipment it’s worth a try.
Catching the NBA Finals will be the easiest thing you do all week. Every single game airs on ABC, and the only thing you’ll need to catch ABC is an OTA antenna. You could use Sling TV to get ABC as well; but if you ask me, $30 upfront for something that’s free forever is a much better deal than $20.
Here’s the upcoming schedule for the NBA Finals:
Cavaliers vs the Golden State Warriors
The month of June starts with Copa America, which will take place June 3rd through June 26th. This series will feature national teams from South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) and the Football Confederation of North and Central American (CONCACAF), including the United States, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil. This week’s games will air on Fox Sports Go, Fox Soccer 2 Go, Univision, Univision Deportes, and FS1. Click here for the broadcasting press release.
To access these channels you have a few different options. Sling TV and PlayStation Vue both offer FS1 and Univision. Plus, in many areas, Univision is available free over-the-air with an antenna.
So there we have it. Summer is right around the corner and as I stated earlier, things are really heating up. With nonstop MLB games, Hockey Championships, Basketball Championships, and International Soccer events, there is plenty to watch. Only question is, how will you watch?
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