One of the toughest decisions for people cutting cable is what they will do about their beloved sports. How will they watch their favorite baseball, basketball or football team? There are plenty of affordable options to choose from so you can get your sports fix. We explore each option below.
Sling TV is one of the best alternatives to getting your cable channels “back” without the cost. Sling has three affordable packages to choose from, plus additional add-ons for a few extra dollars every month (including sports packages). Sling has three affordable packages to choose from with different sports channels available in each package. It is also important to note that with any Sling package you get access to the Watch ESPN app which gets you access to ESPN 3 – great for basketball season! Here are your package options:
- Sling Orange
- $20 per month
- 25+ channels including ESPN and ESPN 2
- Sling Blue
- $25 per month
- 40 + channels including Fox Sports Markets and NFL Network
- Orange + Blue
- $40 per month
- All the channels in both the orange and blue sling packages
Sling TV recently added the NFL Network to the Blue package at no cost and it “will deliver Thursday Night Football games, popular shows such as NFL GameDay Morning, A Football Life, TIMELINE and the new morning show, Good Morning Football, which airs live each weekday morning from New York City. Additionally, with NFL Network fans can watch live and delayed coverage of the entire slate of all 64 NFL preseason games.” If that’s not enough for the football fanatic in you, for $5 more per month you can purchase the sports package add on.
Some channels in the sports package include:
- NFL RedZone which will broadcast every game on Sunday afternoon
- Golf channel
- BegIN Sports
Of course watching Thursday, Sunday and Monday night football can’t fall under the radar when cutting cable. Below are the best options for you to get your football fix during football season.
- NFL Game Access – NFL Game Access has two components to it a $30 Audio Pass and $70 NFL Game Rewind. The Audio Pass allows fans to listen to all preseason and regular season games live. The Rewind Package provides customers with HD on-demand service of any pre-recorded games. Fans can purchase one package or both.
- NFL Sunday Ticket – This pricier option starts out at $200 per football season and only allows fans to access football games on a mobile device or computer (use an HDMI cord to hook it up to your TV).
NHL, NBA and MLB Options
Hockey and basketball are two additional important sports that are easier to access for cord cutters than football (and cheaper).
- NHL GameCenter Live – For $159 per year hockey fans can get access to out-of-market games and audio feeds to every hockey game. Only want to watch one team? That will cost you $105 per season.
- NBA League Pass – For $190 per year basketball fans can watch all games. Too much? Try the limited subscription option where fans can pick five teams to follow for only $130 per season.
- MLB.TV – For $130 per season you can watch all out-of-market games and listen to the live audio.
Being a sports fan without cable can definitely add up, but hopefully our options help you save money in the long run from not having the dreaded monthly cable bill anymore!