One of the biggest reasons people won’t cut the cord is because they are afraid that they won’t be able to stream their favorite sports teams.
Fortunately, most Live TV Streaming Services offers a way to watch every major live sporting event online without the need of a cable or satellite subscriptions. We broke down the best streaming services for sports.
How to Choose Sports Streaming Service
The most important factor is making sure that the service has the most games of your favorite team.
AT&T TV, fuboTV, Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV all offer national sports channels, regional sports networks, local channels, and league networks as part of your service.
How to Stream Your Favorite Sports Team without Cable
If you are looking to learn how to stream a specific sport or team, we suggest taking a look at our individual league pages.
With these services, you can watch most live sports using Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Android TV, iOS, Android, PlayStation, and Xbox.
These are the major cable channels that broadcast live sports. These networks have national broadcasts by the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, College Football, College Basketball, and PGA Tour.
fuboTV does not include ESPN, while Sling requires you to upgrade to Sling Orange + Blue ($50) to get all of those channels.
Most regular season NBA, MLB, and NHL telecasts will air on your local Regional Sports Network (RSN). If you follow your hometown team, more than 80% of their games will air on your local RSN.
To watch your RSN online without cable, you will need a subscription to one of the major Live TV Streaming Services.
Once you subscribe, you will be able to stream nearly all your local sports games on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon, Fire TV, Chromecast, iOS, and Android.
Regional Sports Networks are included in AT&T TV “Choice” ($85), Sling Blue ($35), fuboTV ($65), Hulu Live TV ($65), and YouTube TV ($65).
Almost 85% of all U.S.-based NBA, MLB, and NHL teams can be streamed locally on their RSN using a live streaming service.
Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as just picking a service. Some RSNs are more exclusive than others. For instance Fox Sports RSNs, including YES Network are only available on AT&T TV NOW ($80). Over the past year, they have been dropped by YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, and Sling TV.
For instance, in the New York market — MSG and MSG+ are only available on fuboTV and AT&T TV, while YES Network is only carried by AT&T TV.
In Los Angeles, Bally Sports West, Bally Sports SoCal, Spectrum Sportsnet, and Spectrum Sportsnet LA are only on AT&T TV.
In Boston, NESN is only available on fuboTV, YouTube TV, and AT&T TV.
In Houston, AT&T SportsNet Southwest is only available on fuboTV and AT&T TV.
Additionally, all other Bally Sports RSNs, Altitude, MASN, AT&T Sportsnet Pittsburgh, AT&T Sportsnet Rocky Mountain, and ROOT Sports Northwest are only available on AT&T TV.
NBC Sports RSNs like NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports Philadelphia, and NBC Sports Washington are available on most of the streaming services, except Sling TV.
Only some services carry the overflow channel like NBC Sports Washington+ or a regional Fox Sports Network like Fox Sports Kansas City.
If an overflow channel isn’t available in your streaming service you may be able to watch the game in Fox Sports Go or NBC Sports App.
For example, most providers don’t offer Fox Sports Kansas City, but those who live in Kansas City may be able to use their credentials to watch in Fox Sports Go.
Local networks are important for sports fans. They air almost every NFL game and some NBA (ABC), MLB (FOX), NHL (NBC) games. The networks also generally air the most rounds of the playoffs for every professional sports league.
For college sports fans, many college basketball and football games will air on your local CBS, FOX, and ABC affiliate.
For PGA Tour fans, most final rounds of the tournaments will air exclusively on your local CBS or NBC affiliate.
Every Live TV Streaming Service includes local channels in their entry-level package, but not all local channels are available in every market.
Fortunately, at least one streaming service includes the main CBS or FOX affiliate in the local market of every NFL team.
You can see which locals are available in your area by using our Channel Finder.
Pro Sports channels like NFL Network, NBA TV, MLB Network, and NHL Network are great for those who like to watch highlights, analysis, and out-of-market games of their favorite league.
fuboTV ($65) is the only service that offers local channels, RSNs, NFL Network, NBA TV, NHL Network, MLB Network, and NFL RedZone.
One of the least expensive options, Sling’s Sports Extra ($10) add-on, which includes NFL RedZone, NBA TV, MLB Network, and NHL Network. You can add this to Sling Orange or Blue ($30), which will either give you ESPN or NBCSN/FS1.
By the 2021, NFL season, fuboTV, Hulu Live TV, YouTube TV, and Sling TV will each offer NFL Network and NFL RedZone.
While most major college football and basketball games will air on network television, some smaller conference and games will air on specialty college and conference channels.
The major college sports networks are Big Ten Network, CBS Sports Network, ESPNU, Longhorn Network, Pac-12 Network, and SEC Network.
There are many good options for college sports fans. Hulu Live TV ($65) and YouTube TV ($65) each offer Big Ten Network, ACC Network, SEC Network, CBS Sports Network, and ESPNU.
If you want to watch Pac-12 Network, you will have to subscribe to either fuboTV or Sling TV.
fuboTV has one of the strongest packages for soccer, golf, and international sports.
With fuboTV, they include beIn Sports, Golf Channel, Eleven Sports, and the cheapest upgrade to Fox Soccer Plus ($6).
If you’re looking for PGA Tour coverage, Hulu Live TV ($65) and YouTube TV ($65) each offer Golf Channel in their plan.
Live TV Streaming Services are the right option for those who live in the same market as their favorite team. For those who have moved away, you will need to subscribe to an out-of-market streaming plan.
Each league offers a different service which will give you access to almost every game that is not broadcast nationally.
Most of the services offer the option to purchase a package that includes every team or a single team at a discount