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For the Sports Fans: How to Watch Your Favorite Live Sports Without Cable


It’s an exciting time in the sports world, especially in the world of American Football with the Super Bowl just around the corner. With so many games coming up this year across all types of sports, fans will want to be able to watch their favorite teams if they can’t cheer them on in person. 

Unfortunately, watching a game on cable or satellite  television can have many disadvantages, especially if you’re not able to watch the game at the time it comes on. Fortunately, there are ways that you can watch your favorite sports without cable or satellite. So whether it’s football, basketball, baseball, or tennis, here’s how to watch your favorite sports without cable.

Popular Streaming Platforms

One of the best ways to watch sports and other TV shows is to watch them through streaming platforms. Not all streaming platforms are created equal, so it’ll be hard to watch live sports on platforms like Netflix or Disney+. Instead, you’ll have to purchase a monthly subscription for a platform that caters to sports, such as ESPN+, or will allow you to watch live TV.

YouTube TV

Not to be confused with the video social media platform YouTube, YouTube TV allows you to watch all of your local TV channels, sports channels, and other major networks, as if you were watching cable. At about half the cost of many cable and satellite prices, you get more than 85 channels. The only downside is that it doesn’t come with an add-free option like most streaming platforms, but that just makes it even more similar to cable TV. Still, you have the freedom to tune in to your favorite sports teams at your leisure.

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Hulu + Live TV

If you already have a Hulu subscription and you’re a huge sports fan, you’ll either want to upgrade to the Disney Bundle (which includes Disney+ and ESPN+ with Hulu), or upgrade to Hulu + Live TV. Hulu + Live TV is the same price as YouTube TV ($64.99 per month), so you can choose which option will be best for you without having to subscribe to both. Like YouTube TV, you’ll have access to all of the major networks that cover sports. It doesn’t, however, include ESPN as a major network, but this can be added on for an additional $5.99 a month.


If soccer, also known as football outside of America, is more of your sport, you’ll get the most out of your money with a monthly subscription to FuboTV. It costs the same as YouTube TV and Hulu + Live TV, so again, it depends on where your sports needs lie. FuboTV offers more channels than both YouTube TV and Hulu + Live TV (100+ channels), so if you enjoy watching sports that aren’t often shown on major cable networks, this is the choice for you.

Sling TV

If you’re not sure about streaming services and you aren’t ready to cut the cord to your cable, you can try out Sling TV. It’s a more affordable option (starting at $35 a month), and you’ll be able to access some live sports, such as NFL games. There’s also a package called Sling Orange, which offers three ESPN channels for the same price as the basic package.

Sports Streaming Sites

So far, all of the previous alternatives to cable and satellite TV require a monthly subscription. Yes, some will offer you a free trial period, but these free trials rarely last more than a week, and all sports fans know that a season lasts for much longer than a week. So if you’re looking to save money on a sports streaming service, consider watching your favorite sports and teams on a free sports streaming site. You’ll be able to watch games on your phone, tablet, laptop, and a number of other devices.

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So there are plenty of options when it comes to watching live sports. You don’t have to stay tied to your cable or satellite provider if you’re not satisfied. There’s also websites out there to allow you to watch your favorite sports for free.

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