Have you cut the cord on cable TV, but still want to watch pro sports live? Rest assured, you have plenty of options for streaming your favorite sports online. Games are available to watch on nearly any device you own. The trick is subscribing to the best sports streaming service for you, or figuring out how to watch live sports for free.
Before we dive into the options and pricing, be aware of each league’s blackout rules. For those who don’t speak sports, a blackout happens when a local game does not sell out. In those cases, the game does not air live on local TV, and is blocked from streaming in the local market for the pro sports leagues below.
No matter which sport is your favorite, you don’t need cable to root, root, root for the home team from your home. Here’s how you can stream sports, with options for each major U.S. sports league.
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If you’re a well-rounded sports fan and want to watch it all, you’ll need an option that offers the broadest coverage. Subscribing to multiple individual-sport streaming services will quickly add up, and you’ll defeat the money-saving purpose of cutting cable in the first place. Even so, many of the options that pair sports networks with other TV channels can get expensive fast.
You might be hoping you can stream live sports for free, and you can. However, many of the “free” sports streaming sites require you to have cable or a subscription to a partner streaming service, so aren’t really saving you money. The truly free options are often sketchy; you may need to use a VPN and take some not-quite-legal steps to get access. We do not recommend this approach.
Here are your better options if you want to watch games from multiple major sports leagues without cable.
Over-the-air antenna. Rabbit ears may have given way to a digital cable TV box, but the concept is still the same. Plug your digital TV antenna into the coaxial cable jack on the back of your TV. Hang the antenna as high as possible and, if possible, near a window on the side of your house that faces the big broadcast antenna. Tune in to your local TV station. Watch the game. Antennas are available at Amazon, Walmart, and other discount retailers and it’s just a one-time cost.
Sling Television. One of the best streaming services for live sports, Sling TV has partnered with the NFL Network to bring you live games, news and analysis streamed to any of your internet-connected devices. But Sling isn’t just for football – the Orange + Blue plan includes ESPN and NFL Network, along with many other channels showing sports, such as Fox, Fox Sports, NBC, NBC SN and ESPN2 and 3. Your first month is $35, then it’s $45 per month.
For an extra $15/month, you can get their Sports Extra add-on, which gives you access to the Big Ten Network, ESPNU, SEC Network, ACC Network Plus, NHL Network, NBA TV, and more.
fuboTV. Use any connected device to stream fuboTV, which offers a collection of sports and entertainment channels with add-on options. You can watch leagues such as the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, NASCAR and more. However, some regional restrictions may apply. For example, regional Fox sports networks may not be available.
You can purchase fuboTV’s Family plan, which includes 112 channels and streaming on up to three screens, for $64.99/month. They also have an Elite plan, which features 157 channels and streaming on up to five screens, for $79.99/month.
FuboTV also features many add-on options. Their Sport Plus with NFL Redzone add-on includes top NCAA games, NFL Redzone from NFL Network, and other prime channels that cover a variety of sports. You can add this channel to your existing plan with fubo for an additional $10.99/month. They also offer an International Sports Plus add-on, which features live coverage of soccer and more, for an additional cost of $6.99/month.
Hulu + Live TV. Hulu‘s live TV plan not only includes the full Hulu library, but access to top networks for live sports, too. This includes CBS, ESPN, FOX, FS1, NBCSN and some regional sports channels. You can watch on any connected device, and watch on up to two screens simultaneously. You’ll also be able to use your Hulu username and password information to log in to partner apps, WatchESPN, Fox Sports Go and NBC Sports. Get it for $64.99/month, or you can bundle it with ESPN+ and Disney+ for a total of $71.99/month.
ESPN+ The ESPN+ plan allows you to stream live events from MLB, NHL, MLS, UFC, college sports and more. You can watch on a smart TV, tablet, smart phone and other devices. With ESPN+ you’ll also get access to premium articles, daily studio shows, sports documentaries, and ESPN+ original shows.
YouTube TV. You can watch 85+ live channels with YouTube TV, including several major sports channels like ESPN, CBS Sports Network, NFL Network, NBA Tip-Off, regional channels and more. Several MLB channels are also included, but most MLS channels are not currently available. YouTube TV costs $64.99/month for one membership with up to six accounts and unlimited cloud DVR storage space.
What’s more American than watching the NFL game on Sunday with a cold beer in hand and wings at halftime? If you want to save on that big cable bill each month, here are ways to watch football without a cable or satellite television subscription.
NFL Game Pass. If you can handle watching all games on replay rather than live, the NFL Game Pass costs $49.99 for a six-month subscription and gives you streaming access to all game replays and live audio streams for every game, plus access to condensed games.
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MLB.TV Premium. MLB.TV Premium gives subscribers access to every single out-of-market game for all 30 MLB teams. Packages cost $109.99 for a full season of games. The Offseason Package includes full game archives of the previous season and access to a library of premium content, including documentaries, classic programs and World Series films, for $24.99. You’ll also be able to watch select spring training games live.
MLB.TV Single Team. MLB.TV’s single team package gives you all out-of-market games for your favorite team. This does not allow you to view live home games. This package costs $84.99 per year.
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NBA League Pass. The NBA League Pass is the official streaming service for the National Basketball Association. Get live games streamed to any connected device. There are several options available.
NBA TV will get you access to live games and other NBA coverage for $6.99/month or $59.99 annually. The Team Pass lets you watch live, out-of-market games for your favorite team for $17.99/month or $119 annually. The League Pass option allows you to watch hundreds of games from all teams, and is available for $28.99/month or $199 annually. Finally, the League Pass Premium provides access to commercial-free games for all teams, plus viewing on up to two devices, for $$39.99/month or $249 annually.
Who needs peanuts and Cracker Jacks when you can watch professional athletes slam into a glass wall at high speeds? And, yes, you can stream NHL games without cable.
NHL.TV. The official National Hockey League streaming service NHL.TV brings you out-of-market games from the entire league at HD quality with DVR controls including live game pausing and rewind with up to four games at once. You can subscribe today with the Off Season package for $9.99 to relive the complete 2020 season before the next race for Lord Stanley’s Cup begins.
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MLS Live. If you want to watch MLS Live, you’ll need ESPN+. The Major League Soccer’s out-of-market streaming package is available on the app, which also includes access to other live sports and ESPN+ originals. It goes for $5.99/month or $49.99 annually. Currently, you can also choose to buy a bundle that includes ESPN+, Hulu and Disney+ for $12.99/month.
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