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How to watch sports without cable


Let us help you navigate the minefield of watching live sports without cable. Keep reading to find out just how easy it can be!


Wish you could cut the cord and still watch live sports? Good news! These days there are plenty of options that let you continue to watch the sports you love without an expensive cable contract. Sports networks like ESPN, RedZone, NBA Network and many more can easily be watched with over-the-top streaming services like Sling, and indoor antennas are an easy and affordable way to watch sports on local broadcast channels for free. 

Watch broadcast networks for free with an antenna

An indoor antenna is a great way to watch sports played on broadcast networks like ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC for free. Antennas themselves are incredibly affordable, with many models clocking in at about $40 – that’s less than an average month of cable.

Pro tip: You can get an indoor antenna for free from Sling when you sign up and pre-pay your first two months!

Availability of local channels depends on your geographic location, but most major cities will be able to pick up the major broadcast networks with an antenna. That means NFL football, MLB baseball and more completely for free – not to mention news coverage and other local and national programming.

Stream sports networks online

Watch live games, analyst coverage and sports news on networks like ESPN by signing up for a streaming service. Get the highlight reels and expert analysis from ESPN, watch NBA basketball on channels like TBS and TNT, and even stream college sports from the major conferences using streaming services. If you’re interested in specific sports, you can also watch channels like NBA TV, NHL Network and MLB Network without needing cable.

NFL football fans can save themselves some major cash by watching NFL RedZone, NFL Network and ESPN with a Sling subscription and catching broadcast network games for free with an indoor antenna. College sports nuts can tune in to their alma mater on SEC Network, ACC Network, all of the regional Pac-12 Networks and the Longhorn Network. ESPN2, ESPN3 and FS1 also offer great coverage of a huge variety of sporting events. Watch all of these channels and more without cable when you cut the cord and switch to a streaming service.

Fans of international sports like soccer and cricket are also covered with streaming services. Watch channels with regional coverage like beIN Sports or Willow TV to see sports from around the world.

How to stream sports in Spanish

Speaking of beIN Sports, did you know you can watch streams of your favorite Spanish sports leagues like LaLiga in both English and Spanish? Cutting the cord and switching to live online TV is a great way to get access to the sports you love with commentary in the language you want.

Sling Latino offers beIN en español in its Best of Spanish TV base service, starting at only $10/month. If you want to watch LaLiga games in English, you can add Sling Deportes to access live streams on beIN Sports and watch some of the best soccer in the world from teams like Barcelona and Real Madrid.

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Sign up for league subscription services

For fans who live out-of-market and still want to follow their favorite teams, or just love the sport and want to catch all the games they can, league subscription services are a great alternative to get your sports fix without a cable subscription. Games will still be subject to blackout services, so this option is best for fans who don’t live in the same market as their team.

NBA League Pass and NBA Team Pass subscriptions can be purchased on their own or in conjunction with your Sling service to get your basketball coverage placed right alongside the other channels in your Sling subscription. NFL Game Pass allows for unlimited replays of all games, and NHL TV lets you watch all out-of-market games live. WWE Network has even emerged to replace Pay-Per-View as the main broadcasting method for WWE wrestling.

Choose your own sports streaming adventure

No matter what your favorite sport is, there are streaming options available. By watching sports for free with an indoor antenna and streaming live coverage with a streaming service, you can get your live sports for a fraction of the cost of cable. It’s easy to watch the sports you love when you cut the cord. 

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