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 figuring out how to watch live sports for free is subscribing to the best combination of streaming services and free viewing options for your favorite teams.
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 our guide showing you how to watch sports without cable and the best sports streaming services, with options for each major U.S. sports league.
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Here’s how you can stream sports without a cable subscription.
The fine print: Blackout rules and regional networks
Before diving into the options and pricing, be aware of each league’s blackout rules, in addition to rules about games airing on national networks.
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. Even when a local game does sell out, locals may not be able to watch it on a streaming service. For example, NBA League Pass won’t allow you access to your local team’s game or any nationally televised games.
Regional sports networks pose another challenge. Make sure your team’s games will be available on whatever streaming service you choose. The former Fox Sports regional networks (now known as Bally Sports) have been dropped by many of the streaming services listed below.
If you want to watch a specific team’s full season, head over to the official team website for viewing options.
All major sports leagues
If you’re a well-rounded sports fan and want to watch live sports from all the major leagues, you’ll need an option that offers the broadest coverage. Subscribing to multiple individual-sport streaming services adds up quickly, and you could wind up spending more than cable would have cost in the first place. Even so, many of the options that pair sports networks with other TV channels can get expensive fast.
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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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Major League Baseball
Don’t miss the boys of summer in action when you subscribe to one of these Major League Baseball streaming options.
MLB.TV Premium. MLB.TV Premium gives subscribers access to every out-of-market game for all 30 MLB teams. Packages cost $105.99 for a full season of games for all teams or $24.99 per month.
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 per month or $19.99 per year. The League Pass for all teams gives all replays and available live games for $28.99 per month. The full smorgasbord costs $39.99 per month for League Pass Premium. That includes commercial-free live games and all full-game replays.
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NHL.TV. The official National Hockey League streaming service NHL.TV. You need an ESPN+ subscription to view NHL.TV. See above for details on ESPN+. The add-on costs $5.99 per month or $59.99 per year.