How to Watch Livestreaming Sports: Sports Channels, Streaming Services, and More
Get the latest updates on what live sports you can watch during coronavirus.
Believe it or not, you can watch live sports right now during the coronavirus—and we’re not just talking professional cornhole (yes, that’s a thing).
Scroll down to get the latest news about what professional sports are currently in action and when your favorite major league sports, like the NFL and NBA, will be back on TV.
Watch livestreaming sports now
Surprisingly, a ton of professional sports leagues have started up again across the globe. And many of them you can watch live on TV through a streaming service or cable TV provider.
How to watch the NBA live
The NBA season has been perhaps the hardest hit by COVID-19, but the league has set a tentative start date for July 31 (cue the air horns). Check out “Best Ways to Watch the NBA” to get warmed up for the rest of the delayed season.
How to watch MLS (Major League Soccer)
MLS games are back starting July 8. Although the exact broadcast schedule is still TBD, you can usually catch most MLS matches on ESPN, ESPN Plus, and some regional sports networks.
How to watch UFC and Bellator MMA
While the status of Dana White’s exclusive “Fight Island” remains a mystery, the UFC is battling ahead with live televised events from Las Vegas.
The next UFC Fight Night goes down on Saturday, May 30 on ESPN (main card: Tyron Woodley vs. Gilbert Burns). UFC 250 brings the pain the following weekend, Saturday, June 6, on both ESPN and ESPN Plus (main card: Amanda Nunes vs. Felicia Spencer). The rest of the UFC’s schedule remains TBD.
The other major MMA outfit, Bellator, has only one confirmed TV event on the books: Bellator Europe, live from Dublin, on Saturday, October 3. The main card for the event is Peter Queally vs. Patricky “Pitbull” Freire. Bellator Europe can be viewed on the Bellator app for iOS and Android (we’ll update this if a TV partner comes through before then).
How to watch NASCAR
In addition to classic yesteryear races on the FS1/FOX Sports app, NASCAR has a full summer of live TV events ready to burn socially-distanced rubber.
Beginning with the Alsco Uniforms 500 on Thursday, May 28 (FS1), over 25 NASCAR races will air live on FS1, FOX, NBC Sports Network, and NBC. The season culminates with the NASCAR Cup Series Championship from Arizona on Sunday, November 8 (NBC).
How to watch the NWSL (National Women’s Soccer League)
The National Women’s Soccer League returns to play on June 27. But instead of returning to a regular season format, the NWSL is kicking off the season with a tournament.
The newly announced 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup is a 25-game tournament featuring all 9 teams. While spectators won’t be in attendance, fans can catch every game via CBS All Access, with the opener and championship game also airing live on your local CBS station.
How to watch pro wrestling
Unlike most other sports, professional wrestling (it’s a real sport, just as it says in the title “sports entertainment”) never stopped in the face of COVID-19. You can get live pro wrestling with most top streaming services like Sling TV and AT&T TV NOW.
The TV events, both live and prerecorded, have been a little weird with no cheering/booing audiences, if we’re assigning “weird” rankings to hulking dudes in leather trunks throwing each other around the ring.
Nonetheless, pro wrestling giant WWE slams forth with Raw (Mondays on USA Network), NXT (Wednesdays on USA Network), and SmackDown (Fridays on FOX), as well as PPV events available through the WWE Network app.
Upstart wrestling outfit All Elite Wrestling has been holding down Wednesdays with AEW Dynamite live on TNT, and smaller brands Impact Wrestling (AXS TV) and Ring of Honor (syndication) are also active weekly.
How to watch pro esports
Esports are alive and well—the Call of Duty league is mid-season right now. You can subscribe to the league’s YouTube channel for updates on live games. And if you want to watch something immediately, you can also find tons of live esports matches on YouTube Gaming and Twitch.
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Watch live sports for free
An over-the-air (OTA) HD antenna is a great option for the casual sports viewer. A good OTA antenna usually costs around $50 and will get you tons of NFL, NBA, and PGA action.
You can also catch the occasional pro tennis or NHL match (among other sports) using an OTA HD antenna.
Free streaming services
One of our favorite free livestreaming services for soccer is the fubo Sports Network. If you’re a fan of La Liga or Liga MX, you’ll want to bookmark fubo Sports Network for when those leagues make their return.
Pluto TV also has a dozen or so sports channels, like Red Bull TV, that you can stream for free.
Unfortunately, to watch most major league sports, you’re gonna have to pay for a subscription. Check out our “Best Live TV Streaming Services” article to find the right livestreaming service for you.
Live sports streaming on reddit
Yes, you can technically stream live sports for free on reddit. Do we recommend it? If you’re a rabid sports fan, no.
Because reddit streams are pirated, you’ll have to endure everything from your stream dropping during clutch moments to spammy pop-ups.
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How to watch the NHL live
The NHL is sticking with plans to finish its 2020 season with a 24-team playoff format in two cities TBD. Details are still being finalized, with a tentative training start in July, followed by live hockey match-ups in August that could run through the end of 2020.
The games won’t have audiences in the stands to witness hockey games breaking out in the middle of fights, just players and essential support staff. No announcements about TV coverage have been made, though typical (remember typical?) NHL seasons are carried by NBC, NBC Sports Network, NHL Network, and ESPN+.
How to watch MLB live
MLB and the MLB Players Association are currently in talks to start the 2020 season. When the league returns, most MLB games will be on FOX, ESPN, MLB Network, and TBS.
How to watch soccer live
In soccer news, most professional soccer leagues have at least talked about returning to play this summer, but no official return dates have been set. Check out our exhaustive guide on how to watch soccer so you can be ready when your favorite club hits the pitch.
How to watch the Olympics live
If you haven’t heard already, the Olympics have been postponed until June 2021. Stay tuned for our guide to watching the 2021 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.
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