Best Streaming Services for Sports

Many major sports leagues are now in season. If you’re a cord-cutter, make sure you’re set up with the right live TV streaming service to get your game on.

Editor's choice

Price: $64.99–$79.99/mo.

Live channels: 100–150+

Sports channels: 35+

Best for sports add-ons

Price: $35.00–$65.00/mo.

Live channels: 40–50+

Sports channels: 30+

Best for entertainment

Price: $64.99/mo.

Live channels: 100+

Sports channels: 15+

Best for regional sports

Price: $69.99–$139.99/mo.

Live channels: 65–140+

Sports channels: 20+

Best for basic sports lineup

Price: $65.99–$71.99/mo.

Live channels: 70+

Sports channels: 15+

It’s 2021, and live TV streaming services have finally gotten their heads into the game when it comes to delivering the sports channels we desire. Because there’s a lot to choose from nowadays, we’ve broken down the top five services that lay out the best channel offerings for sports fans of any kind.

fuboTV is our go-to overall pick because it’s purposefully built with sports fanatics in mind and offers the most sports-oriented channels out of all the services. Sling TV is also a reliable service for sporty individuals, especially if you’re willing to go all-in with their add-ons. YouTube TV, DIRECTV STREAM, and Hulu + Live TV are all excellent choices as well, each offering its own unique attributes.

Keep scrolling, and we’ll explain how these services compare to each other and why you might choose one over the other.

Best streaming services for live sports

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Compare streaming services for live sports

Streaming service
Editor's choice
fuboTV
Best for sports add-ons
Sling TV
Best for sports and entertainment
YouTube TV
Best for regional sports
DIRECTV STREAM
Best basic sports lineup
Hulu Live
Price Live channels Sports channels Streams Cloud DVR Choose your plan
$64.99–$79.99/mo. 100–150+ 35+ 3–10 250–1,000 hrs. View plans
$35.00–$65.00/mo. 40–50+ 30+ 1–4 50–200 hrs. View plans
$64.99/mo. 100+ 15+ 3 Unlimited (for 9 mos.) View plans
$69.99–$139.99/mo. 65–140+ 20+ 3 20 hrs. View plans
$65.99–$71.99/mo. 70+ 15+ 2 50 hrs. View plans

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

You’ll notice that most, if not all, of our top choices are recognizable streaming services. Each of them is available on a wide range of compatible devices because convenience is key for cord-cutters. After all, the best streaming service is the one that offers the channels you want while also being the most accessible to your TV setup.

Each of these five services offers over 15 channels dedicated to sports. That means you’ll get a lot of league coverage not only from the top sports competitions in the US but internationally as well. So, no matter which one you choose, you’ll still get access to NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL games, as well as Premier League, Formula One, and Olympics action.

Keep reading to learn more about our top picks and find the best service for your sports-viewing needs.

Best overall for sports: fuboTV

Price: $54.99$79.99/mo.

Live channels: 100150+

Sports channels: 35+

Cloud DVR storage: 250–1,000 hrs.

Pros

  • Excellent soccer coverage
  • Large channel counts
  • Picture-in-picture capabilities

Cons

  • Expensive plans
  • No TBS, TNT, and TruTV

If you’re willing to pay for it, fuboTV can give you more sports channels than any other live TV streaming service. This includes some channels you may have never heard of, unless you’re really into soccer. While fuboTV launched as a fútbol-centric streaming service, its channel offerings now include entertainment networks and custom add-on options.

The service strengthened its network lineups even more after striking a deal with Disney in the summer of 2020. It was a big win for sports fans because ESPN networks found their way onto fuboTV, including college conference channels like ACC Network and SEC Network.

Unfortunately, fuboTV no longer carries the core Turner Sports networks. You won’t see channels like TBS, TNT, and TruTV in any fuboTV plan. It’s a significant loss because TNT carries a lot of nationally televised NBA and NHL games, while TBS airs many MLB games. You can also say goodbye to a majority of March Madness action.

Despite the lack of Turner Sports networks, fuboTV is still the best live TV streaming service for sports. Just look at the channel lineup below. It speaks for itself.

Our recommendation: If you’re a diehard soccer fan, you’ll want the Elite plan ($79.99 a month) with the International Sports Plus add-on ($6.99 a month). Together, the plan and the add-on will give you access to some of the top soccer leagues in the world through channels like beIN Sports, GolTV English, and FOX Soccer Plus. That’s a lot of fútbol to keep your retinas busy, but now the monthly price tag is $86.98 a month.

fuboTV (Elite w/ International Sports Plus) sports channels

  • ACC Network
  • AT&T SportsNet RSNs*
  • beIN Sports
  • Big Ten Network
  • CBS Sports Network
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN Deportes
  • ESPNews
  • ESPNU
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • FOX Deportes
  • FOX Soccer Plus
  • fubo Sports Network
  • fubo Sports Network 2
  • Ginx Esports TV
  • Golf Channel
  • GolTV English
  • GolTV Spanish
  • MLB Network
  • MOTOR TREND
  • MSG Network*
  • NBA TV
  • NBC Sports Network
  • NBC Sports RSNs*
  • NESN*
  • Next Level Sports
  • NFL Network
  • NHL Network
  • Olympic Channel
  • Pac-12 Network
  • ROOT Sports Northwest*
  • SEC Network
  • Stadium
  • Tennis Channel
  • TUDN
  • TVG
  • TyC Sports
  • Zona Fútbol
  • NBA League Pass ($28.99/mo.)

* RSNs (regional sports networks) vary by area.

Best for sports add-ons: Sling TV

Price: $35.00–$65.00/mo.

Live channels: 40–50+

Sports channels: 30+

Cloud DVR storage: 50–200 hrs.

Pros

  • Inexpensive plans
  • Several add-on options
  • Diverse sign-up deals

Cons

  • Poor local channel coverage
  • Limited DVR storage

Sling TV offers three plan options. But, to get the most sports channels, you’d want the priciest one ($50 a month) with an add-on sports package ($15 a month). It involves a little more thinking and math—we know, not cool—but Sling TV can stream almost all the sports you can handle.

Sling Orange (30+ channels) and Sling Blue (40+ channels) aren’t terrible individually, but the combined Sling Orange & Blue plan nets you mainstream sports channels like ESPN, FS1, and NBC Sports Network. Combined with 20 more sports networks from Sling TV’s Sports Extra package, that’s over 30 sports channels for $65 a month.

Of course, you may not be interested in all of the channels in the $65 a month option, in which case you might want to downsize to either the Sling Orange or Sling Blue plan alone. That would only be $35 a month, making it the cheapest live TV streaming option for sports. And hey, with Sling Orange or Sling Blue, you can still tack on their own individualized Sports Extra add-ons. Sling TV is nothing if not customizable.

The major downside with Sling TV is that it includes only 50 hours of cloud DVR space, which you can upgrade to an only-slightly-better 200 hours for an extra $5 a month. Good luck recording more than a few sports events with that allotment. We hope you’re not into NASCAR.

Sling TV (Orange & Blue w/ Sports Extra) sports channels:

  • ACC Network
  • beIN Sports
  • Big Ten Network
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN3
  • ESPNews
  • ESPNU
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • Golf Channel
  • Longhorn Network
  • MLB Network
  • MLB Network Strike Zone
  • MOTOR TREND
  • NBA TV
  • NBC Sports Network
  • NFL Network
  • NFL RedZone
  • NHL Network
  • Olympic Channel
  • Pac-12 Network
  • SEC Network
  • SEC Network+
  • Stadium
  • Tennis Channel
  • NBA Team Pass ($17.99/mo.)
  • NBA League Pass ($28.99/mo.)

* RSNs (regional sports networks) vary by area.

Best for sports and entertainment: YouTube TV

Price: $64.99/mo.

Live channels: 100+

Sports channels: 15+

Cloud DVR storage: Unlimited (9 mos.)

Pros

  • Unlimited cloud DVR
  • Large channel counts
  • Several add-on options

Cons

  • Unsatisfying original programming
  • No A&E, Hallmark, and Lifetime

If you want a solid blend of sports and entertainment, YouTube TV offers the best of both worlds. You’ll get over 100 live channels, including popular non-sport favorites like AMC, Comedy Central, Disney Channel, Syfy, and more. With a sleek and familiar interface, YouTube TV is an excellent service overall, which is why it’s our favorite live TV streaming service at CableTV.com.

From a sports perspective, YouTube TV doesn’t quite stick the landing because there just aren’t that many sports channels. However, it does have the important ones and the best DVR out of any live TV streaming service. The included cloud DVR space comes with no limits but does delete recordings after nine months. It’s excellent for keeping up on games and even has a score-hiding “no spoiler” function.

Unfortunately, none of those games you record will come from NFL RedZone or NHL Network: YouTube TV doesn’t carry those channels. That’s a fumble worth a trip to the penalty box (sorry to mix sports metaphors). Still, YouTube TV gives you a lot of sports and entertainment channels for $64.99 a month.

YouTube TV sports channels:

  • ACC Network
  • Big Ten Network
  • CBS Sports Network
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNews
  • ESPNU
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • Golf Channel
  • MLB Network
  • MOTOR TREND
  • NBA TV
  • NBC Sports Network
  • NBC Sports RSNs*
  • NFL Network
  • Olympic Channel
  • SEC Network
  • MLB.tv ($24.99/mo.)
  • NBA League Pass ($28.99/mo.)

* RSNs (regional sports networks) vary by area.

Best for regional sports: DIRECTV STREAM

Price: $69.99–$139.99/mo.

Live channels: 65–140+

Sports channels: 20+

Cloud DVR storage: 20 hrs.

Pros

  • Wide regional sports network availability
  • Large channel counts
  • No contracts

Cons

  • Expensive plans
  • Limited included cloud DVR storage

DIRECTV STREAM may be the streaming version of DIRECTV, but you’d never know it from its basic plan, ENTERTAINMENT, which gives you only four sports-dedicated networks (ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, and NBC Sports Network) for $69.99 a month.

If you’re looking for sports from DIRECTV STREAM, the ULTIMATE plan is the way to go. The $94.99 a month plan is the most expensive plan in our top picks, and, though it gives you the most overall live channels, it doesn’t have a large quantity of sports channels. Moreover, the biggest penalty against DIRECTV STREAM is its complete lack of any NFL-dedicated channels.

Don’t even ask about NFL SUNDAY TICKET—that’s still a DIRECTV satellite exclusive.

Where DIRECTV STREAM shines is with regional sports networks (RSNs). Because DIRECTV STREAM is within the DIRECTV family, it benefits from having the most RSN coverage. For instance, no other streaming service carries Altitude Sports or the Bally Sports Regional Networks. That makes DIRECTV STREAM a crucial service for cord-cutters living in the regions of those networks—especially for fans of MLB, MLS, NBA, and NHL.

DIRECTV STREAM sports channels:

  • ACC Network
  • Altitude Sports*
  • AT&T SportsNet RSNs*
  • Bally Sports RSNs*
  • Big Ten Network
  • CBS Sports Network
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNews
  • ESPNU
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • Golf Channel
  • MLB Network
  • MOTOR TREND
  • MSG Network*
  • NBA TV
  • NBC Sports Network
  • NBC Sports RSNs*
  • NESN*
  • NHL Network
  • Olympic Channel
  • ROOT Sports Northwest*
  • SEC Network
  • Sportsman Channel
  • Tennis Channel
  • TUDN
  • TVG

* RSNs (regional sports networks) vary by area.

Best basic sports lineup: Hulu + Live TV

Price: $65.99–$71.99/mo.

Live channels: 70+

Sports channels: 15+

Cloud DVR storage: 50 hrs.

Pros

  • Bundle options with Disney+ and ESPN+
  • Satisfying original programming
  • On-demand network shows

Cons

  • Small sports channel lineup
  • Inconsistent local channel lineup

Hulu + Live TV offers the smallest amount of sports channels. While it includes the basics like ESPN, FOX, and NBC networks, it misses out on many league-specific channels like MLB Network, NBA TV, and NHL Network.

Like YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV makes up for its sports shortcomings with its other features. In fact, it has the best original content out of all the live TV streaming services, and you can even bundle it with Disney+ and ESPN+. That’s a major plus in our book, especially considering the amount of sports content available in ESPN+ alone.

Hulu + Live TV sports channels:

  • ACC Network
  • Big Ten Network
  • CBS Sports Network
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNews
  • ESPNU
  • ESPN College Extra
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • Golf Channel
  • MOTOR TREND
  • NBC Sports Network
  • NBC Sports RSNs*
  • NFL Network
  • Olympic Channel
  • SEC Network
  • ESPN+ ($6.99/mo.)

* RSNs (regional sports networks) vary by area.

Final take

We love fuboTV’s massive channel lineup. While it’s a service truly dedicated to sports fans, it still has plenty of non-sports-related channels. If you are looking for a cheaper alternative, though, Sling TV has many different plans and add-on options that you can customize to meet your needs.

YouTube TV also strikes a good balance between sports and entertainment channels, but its unlimited cloud DVR is what takes the cake. If you’re someone who relies on recording live TV events, then YouTube TV should be at the top of your list.

Of course, choosing a live TV streaming service may simply come down to what provider has the channels you want to watch. If you require regional sports networks (RSNs) to follow your favorite team, then DIRECTV STREAM has the most RSN coverage out there. But it also has the highest prices too.

Sure, Hulu has live sports, but Hulu + Live TV is pretty basic with its lackluster channel lineup. However, its TV bundle with Disney+ and, more importantly, ESPN+ makes it a more enticing service all around.

Methodology

Our sports-obsessed experts spent over 1,000 hours testing live TV streaming services to determine the best ones for watching sports. We compared both overall and sport-specific channel lineups and examined what kind of league coverage each service’s channel lineups encompass. We also looked at TV plans, prices, and extra features, as well as the technical specifications of every service.

To learn more about our methods, check out our How We Rank page.

Best streaming services for live sports FAQ

Which streaming services have live sports?

Several live TV streaming services carry live pro and college sports. fuboTV, Sling TV, YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, and DIRECTV STREAM are the most popular services with live sports. Philo is the only major live TV streaming service that doesn’t feature any live sports channels.

Does Amazon Prime Video have live sports?

The only live sports included in an Amazon Prime Video subscription are select NFL Thursday Night Football games. The service does have additional channel add-ons you can purchase, such as NBA League Pass and Paramount+, which include their own live and on-demand sports content.

Can I watch sports on Netflix?

You won’t find any live or on-demand sporting events on Netflix. However, the streamer has plenty of movies and series centered around sports. We recommend checking out the documentary series Last Chance U and the Alison Brie-starring wrestling dramedy GLOW.

What is the best free streaming service for sports?

You can stream sports for free on apps like Pluto TV, Xumo, and Sling Free. Though, you won’t get many live games on any of those platforms. Instead, if free is what you’re after, we recommend a one-time purchase of an over-the-air antenna. Simply connect that $20–$60 device to your TV, and you’ll get local channels like ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC—all of which air live sporting events throughout the year.

Do regional sports blackouts apply to streaming?

A regional blackout applies to live TV streaming just as it does with cable and satellite, meaning a nearby team’s games may appear on a specific regional or local channel based on your physical location. Not every available TV plan will include regional sports networks, but you can avoid blackouts on streaming services by using a VPN (virtual private network) to mask your location.