If you’re anything like us, you may be wondering how you’re going to fill that sports-sized void now that most leagues are either cancelled or postponed. Hopefully live games are back in no time, but in the meantime, Sling TV is putting together a weekly list of what to watch in the sports world. Check back here every Friday for updates.
This week ESPN’s totally compelling 10-part documentary about Michael Jordan’s run with the Chicago Bulls, The Last Dance, moves into the home stretch with episodes 7 and 8, covering #23’s first retirement and sojourn into minor-league baseball, airing Sunday at 9ET. ESPN is also re-airing one of Jordan’s college games, North Carolina vs. Maryland, at 3pm ET Sunday, to get you in the mood.
This week will also feature ongoing live carriage of Korea Baseball Organization games, between one and three per day, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday on ESPN2. The KOB is the first team-sports league worldwide to resume official play, so while it might not have been your first choice under normal circumstances, and the games are in the wee hours of morning or the afternoon… well, you don’t need me to tell you these are not normal circumstances, and it’s live competition among humans!!
But the actual real live sports don’t stop there: you can catch the undercard for UFC 249 on ESPN, starting at 6pm ET Saturday. There are seven fights on the docket, including welterweights Anthony Pettis vs. Donald Cerrone; heavyweights Fabricio Werdum vs. Aleksei Oleinik; and women’s strawweights Carla Esparza vs. Michelle Waterson.
And who could forget the American Cornhole League (ACL) Pro Invitational Qualifier, live from Rock Hill, SC, from starting at noon ET on ESPN, with singles in primetime on ESPN2 at 6pm ET.
Still tons of ongoing Esports action, with The Race All-Star Series Saturday at noon ET on ESPN2; the F1 Virtual Grand Prix at 1pm ET Sunday on ESPN2; NBA2K League at 7pm ET Tuesday; the final installment of eNASCAR at 1pm ET Saturday on FOX in select markets; and Wednesday Night iRacing at 7pm ET on FS1.
There are a few cool replays coming up this week as well, including a 1996 NFC divisional playoff game between Dallas and Green Bay at 7pm Friday on FS1; Game 7 of the 1991 Braves/Twins World Series at 8pm ET Sunday on MLB Network; and Game 7 of the 1987 Flyers/Oilers Stanley Cup Final at 8pm ET Monday on NHL.
And finally, after the last eight weeks we’ve all been through, it’s worth peeking a little farther ahead than usual, because this past week we got a few exciting announcements: Bundesliga soccer is going to resume its season (in empty stadiums) on May 16; NASCAR is going to trade the simulators back for real cars (again, in front of an empty grandstand) on May 17; and Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning team up to take on Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady in an encore of 2018’s Thanksgiving golf stunt The Match on May 24 on TNT. Does this mean football will be back in the fall? Does it?!
Check back on our Sports Page every Friday for the latest developments in the world of sports television. The best thing about sports is people of all walks of life coming together. Since we can’t do that right now, let’s congregate around the TV. In the end, we’re all on the same team.