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Cutting the cord doesn’t have to mean letting go of your favorite sports — not when the best streaming services are finally catching up and doling out new and improved live programming unlike ever before. These days there are plenty of options for sports lovers out there to find their preferred games and sports, not to mention a plethora of on-demand and DVR services to enjoy said games long after the matches have ended.
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Whether you like to kick it like Ted Lasso and watch football the European way or cozy up with a frosty brew and take in some Sunday afternoon college football, there’s something for everyone. MMA? Knock yourself out on as many fights as you’d like. MLB? Streaming services can now knock it out of the park. Hockey? Glide on over to your couch, friend, because we’ve got you covered there, too.
Read on to learn more about the best sports streaming services currently on the market, as well as the costs, pros and cons associated with each one.
1. YouTube TV
YouTube TV isn’t just one of the best sports streaming services; it’s one of the best overall streaming services. With a monthly subscription, customers receive access to all local networks and a sports lineup that includes college and pro sports, as well as options like soccer and tennis. Add in MLB Network, NBA TV, ESPN and NFL RedZone, and it’s a one-stop-shop. We also love that YouTube TV includes unlimited cloud DVR storage with its packages, so you can replay the action anytime, as many times as you’d like.
Pros: Awesome DVR capabilities, three screens can stream at a time
Cons: Costlier than most other streaming services
Free trial: 14 days
Sports offered: Pro and college sports, major sports plus some niche offerings
2. Hulu + Live TV with Disney+ and ESPN+
Catch local and national sports on any of the major networks (NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox) as well as ESPN and the NFL Network, which all come with Hulu + Live TV. With more than 75 channels, plus Disney+ and ESPN+ (which includes select live sports but not access to flagship prime-time or network programming), there are plenty of options at your fingertips. That makes this one of the best coverage plans around. Want even more sports action? The service also offers a $9.99 monthly sports add-on with extras like NFL RedZone.
Pros: Plenty of overall sports options, plus access to comprehensive on-demand entertainment programming from Hulu, Disney+ and ESPN+
Cons: Mong most expensive on our list, live broadcasts are subject to regional restrictions, only two simultaneous streams come with a subscription
Free trial: 7 Days
Sports offered: NBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL, MLB and more
MOST SPORTS CHANNELS
If you love soccer, this streaming service will probably be your No. 1 pick since it offers a ton of it. However, fuboTV has expanded quite a bit in recent years by branching out to other sports as well. Today it’s one of the best sports streaming services around simply because it has the most options. The basic plan comes with more than 100 channels and more than 130 events in 4K, making it a sports lover’s dream.
Pros: Includes 250 hours of cloud DVR space and three simultaneous streams
Cons: Some regional sports may not be included, it has one of the higher price points on this list
Free trial: 7 Days
Sports offered: Soccer, and many other major sports
4. Sling TV
If you’ve cut the cord and aren’t interested in a full-on cable replacement, consider Sling TV. The service has two basic packages, Blue (news and entertainment) and Orange (sports and family), but you can save $15 a month by bundling them together. That ensures you’ll have access to everything from NFL Network and FS1 to ESPN and most major networks. However, you won’t have access to ABC and CBS, so if those networks carry regional sports programming you’re not willing to miss, perhaps this service isn’t for you.
Pros: Can stream up to four screens, suitable for people with specific “a-la-carte” tastes
Cons: Confusing packages and expensive sports-only add ons
Price: From $35/month
Free trial: 7 days
Sports offered: Most major sports
5. DirecTV Stream
MOST REGIONAL SPORTS
DirecTV Stream has you fairly covered if you’re only looking to cheer for your favorite local teams while accessing other basic channels. Unfortunately, you’re also going to have to pay for it. While the basic, $69.99 per month package offers ESPN and all your basic network offerings, it’s the Choice package that includes regional sports networks with no additional fees. That will run you $84.99 per month, but hey — at least it consists of an unlimited cloud DVR.
Pros: One of the most comprehensive, entire cable “replacement” services. Can stream up to 20 screens. New packages come with unlimited DVR.
Cons: Most expensive package of the bunch by far
Free trial: No (but you can cancel up to 14 days after subscribing for a full refund)
Sports offered: All major sports with a regional emphasis
NBC’s streaming service has myriad sports options at your fingertips, from Premiere League and Indycar to rugby, golf and football. It’s also the home of the 2022 Winter Olympics, so if you haven’t already subscribed, get ahead of the Games. Now is the best time to get on board. It’s worth noting that the basic plan is free; however, if you want all-access to sports (and other exclusive entertainment and on-demand options), you’ll either need a Premium ($4.99/month) or a Premium Plus ($9.99/month) subscription.
Pros: One of the most affordable options on the list., can use up to three streams at a time
Cons: Doesn’t give you access to the other major networks and their regional sports programming, no DVR function.
Price: From $4.99/month
Free trial: No (but the basic membership is free)
Sports offered: Olympics, plus some other major and minor sports options
BEST LIVE EVENTS
When CBS All-Access became Paramount+, the Powers That Be bet big-time on sports coverage with plans to stream more than a thousand live events every year. That’s why in the coming years, subscribers will have access to tons of college games, not to mention pro games that air regionally on CBS networks. It’s worth noting Paramount+ also has rights to many international soccer events and golf tours, making it a pretty solid and affordable option or even an add-on.
Pros: Inexpensive, subscription also gives you access to the complete entertainment library of shows, stream up to three devices.
Cons: No access to all regional games, need to pay more for an ad-free subscription ($9.99/month), no DVR function.
Price: From $4.99/month
Free trial: 7 days
Sports offered: Football, basketball, college sports, golf
8. Prime Video
BEST SERVICE YOU PROBABLY ALREADY HAVE
Is Prime Video a sports streaming service? Well, technically, yes. We consider it one since it delivers Thursday Night Football, WNBA games, some Yankees games and the option to add Prime Video Channels like Paramount+, NBA League Pass and PGA Tour Live. If you’re looking to subscribe somewhere new to get more sports, this isn’t necessarily your best add-on. But if you’ve already got Amazon Prime, then it’s certainly worth taking for a spin.
Pros: Membership also gives you access to on-demand library and Amazon originals
Cons: Prime Channels can add up to be a costly monthly add-on
Free trial: 30 days for new members
Sports offered: Some football, women’s basketball, baseball and golf
If boxing is what you want, then boxing is what you’ll get with this fight-forward streaming service. It’s basically the only sports-centered streaming service you can subscribe to, making it a good choice for those tired of pay-per-views. Of course, it also offers some other sports, including minor league soccer, bowling and darts, but boxing and Bellator MMA are the real draws here.
Pros: A great choice for boxing and MMA fans
Cons: Doesn’t offer many other sports
Free trial: 30 days
Sports offered: Boxing, MMA, some other minor sports
BEST FOR COLLEGE SPORTS
One of the newest players on the block, Vidgo launched at the very end of 2019 and offers more than 95 live channels on its Plus plan — including sports. We’re talking ESPN, Fox, ABC and the NFL Network. However, where this service really shines is its wide selection of college sports.
Pros: Access to college sports, offers many Spanish-language plans
Cons: Doesn’t carry many regional games
Price: From $55/month
Free trial: 7 days
Sports offered: College sports, some major league games
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