Members of the WHO team investigating the origins of the coronavirus visit the Hubei Center for animal disease control and prevention in Wuhan, China, on February 2, 2021.Finally, there’s a third coincidence. The Wuhan Center for Disease Control and Prevention, key to virus prevention and detection, moved its laboratory in Wuhan on December 2, 2019. The WHO report, written in conjunction with Chinese officials, notes this fact and says it could have been disruptive to a laboratory’s operations. It also notes the lab moved to a location near the Huanan Seafood Market, the exotic animal trade center thought to have played a major role in the virus’ early spread. The move happened just six days before the first patient experienced Covid-19 symptoms, according to China’s account. (He is, the WHO report said, an accountant working for a family company, with no known history of attending crowded events, animal “wet market” contact, or exotic trips to the wilderness. These facts suggest he may have got it in the city, perhaps from another person).These three pretty huge coincidences foster the lab-leak theory, and mean it has not yet gone away. Western intelligence officials CNN has spoken to say they cannot “disprove” the idea — or prove it. These coincidences are perhaps why it sits in this hinterland — never permanently debunked, never proven. Their solution is like “Occam’s razor” — the idea that the simplest explanation is the most likely.But none of it is solid or even compelling evidence that a lab leak occurred. That evidence may exist, and be super-classified within the government that possesses it. But as it is not public, we can’t presume it exists to confirm a bias that China is hiding something terrible.
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.
Are college sports more your thing? NCAA Football streaming is complicated, so read up on your options for watching NCAA college football without cable.
Don’t miss the boys of summer in action when you subscribe to one of these Major League Baseball streaming options.