5 Sports Leagues to Watch This Spring
Some of the year’s biggest sports are happening this spring, and we have all the information on how to tune in.
Spring sports are in full bloom, and there are several major sporting events taking place across the globe this season. We’ve chosen five leagues in particular that are worth checking out—especially if you’re more of a neutral viewer.
As a bonus, be sure to head over to our list of the best fantasy sports leagues to join this spring.
#5: United States Football League (USFL)
Just two months after the Los Angeles Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI, professional football returned to the field on April 16 via the all-new USFL.
Taking place in Birmingham, Alabama, the 2022 USFL regular season features eight teams playing ten games each. The top two teams from the league’s two divisions will then face off for a spot in the final at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
Because this is the inaugural season of the USFL, it’s very unpredictable how things will pan out. But that’s also what makes it so exciting. Fortunately, there are several easy options for watching the new league unfold on TV, and we break it all down in our How to Watch the USFL guide.
#4: National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)
In case you didn’t know, women’s soccer is on the rise all around the world. Increased sponsorship and more substantial broadcast deals are helping the sport become more visible than ever before.
The NWSL is a perfect example of this growth. For the 2022 season, the league expanded to 12 teams by introducing Angel City Football Club and San Diego Wave Fútbol Club. Now, there’ll be no shortage of action during the league’s tenth season.
While it all began with the NWSL Challenge Cup in March, the 2022 NWSL regular season officially kicked off on April 29.
If you’re interested in getting into women’s soccer, the NWSL is the perfect place to start. Most games will stream live on Paramount+, with additional games airing on CBS, CBS Sports Network, and the league’s Twitch channel.
#3: Masters Tournament
Teeing off this spring in Augusta, Georgia, is the 86th edition of the Masters Tournament. Taking place April 7–10, the marquee golf invitational is one of the more celebrated stops along the PGA Tour. It’s also one of the four annual competitions known as “the majors,” which is the epitome of prestige within the golfing world.
Only the best-proven golfers receive an invite to the Masters. With around 100 participants, it’s one of the more exclusive golfing tournaments out there. This makes winning the event an incredibly humbling achievement—especially when the victor can finally don the iconic green jacket.
This year, you can watch the tournament in a couple of different ways. The first way is the more traditional route of tuning in to ESPN for the first two rounds and CBS for the second two rounds. You can also stream the Masters on ESPN+, which offers four-day coverage and additional golf-centric programming.
#2: Major League Baseball (MLB)
Nothing says spring sports better than baseball. Unfortunately, the 2022 MLB season saw a significant delay this year because of the MLB lockout. But that doesn’t mean our excitement for professional baseball’s return diminished.
If 2021 proved anything, it’s that sporting events can’t be taken for granted. Empty stadiums and fake crowd noise can never match the authentic atmosphere of a live baseball game—even if you’re just watching it on TV. Luckily, America’s pastime continuously stands the test of time, and a safe return to normalcy means we can all enjoy it once again.
Trade your winter hat for a baseball cap and catch the most MLB games this season by viewing our How to Watch MLB Games guide. We also have a list of the 10 Best Baseball Movies to Stream to keep your baseball spirit alive when your favorite team isn’t playing.
#1: UEFA Champions League (UCL)
There’s perhaps no other league in the world with as much grandeur as the UEFA Champions League. The almost year-long tournament brings together the top soccer clubs from across Europe to determine the best of the best.
So what does the Champions League have to do with spring sports? Well, it just so happens that the most entertaining part of the tournament takes place from February to May.
After several qualifying rounds and a massive group stage, the Champions League really ups the ante in its knockout phase. But now, only two teams remain—with Liverpool and Real Madrid facing off in the Champions League Final in Paris on Saturday, May 28.