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The Best Way to Watch Live Sports Without Cable in 2020

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 NOW, 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.

Plan Free Trial Offers
AT&T TV NOW USD 54.99 “PLUS” Sign Up -
USD 79.99 “MAX”
USD 93 “Entertainment”
fuboTV USD 59.99 “fubo” 7-Day Free Trial -
Hulu Live TV USD 54.99 “Hulu Live TV” 7-Day Free Trial -
Philo USD 20 “Philo” 7-Day Free Trial -
Sling TV USD 30 “Sling Orange” Sign Up $10 OFF & Free Premium Pass
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USD 30 “Sling Blue”
USD 45 “Sling Orange + Blue”
YouTube TV USD 64.99 “YouTube TV” Sign Up -

Cable Channels

Hulu Live TV, AT&T TV NOW and YouTube TV each include ESPN, FS1, NBCSN, TNT, and TBS.

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 ($45) to get all of those channels.

AT&T NOW fuboTV Hulu Philo Sling TV YouTube
Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Sign Up
USD 54.99 USD 59.99 USD 54.99 USD 20 USD 30 USD 30 USD 64.99
ESPN - -
ESPN2 - -
Fox Sports 1 - -
Fox Sports 2 USD 79.99 - - ^ USD 10
NBC Sports Network - -
TBS - -
TNT - -

Regional Sports Networks

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 NOW “MAX” ($80), Sling Blue ($30), fuboTV ($60), Hulu Live TV ($55), 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.

AT&T NOW fuboTV Hulu Philo Sling TV YouTube
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USD 54.99 USD 59.99 USD 54.99 USD 20 USD 30 USD 30 USD 64.99
Regional Sports Networks (RSNs) USD 79.99 - -

Some RSNs are only available on certain streaming services

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 NOW, while YES Network is only carried by AT&T TV NOW.

In Los Angeles, Fox Sports West, Fox Sports Prime Ticket, Spectrum Sportsnet, and Spectrum Sportsnet LA are only on AT&T TV NOW.

In Boston, NESN is only available on fuboTV, YouTube TV, and AT&T TV NOW.

In Houston, AT&T SportsNet Southwest is only available on fuboTV and AT&T TV NOW.

Additionally, Altitude, MASN, AT&T Sportsnet Pittsburgh, AT&T Sportsnet Rocky Mountain, and ROOT Sports Northwest are only available on AT&T TV NOW.

NBC Sports RSNs like NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports Philadelphia, and NBC Sports Washington are available on most of the streaming services.

Overflow Channels

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.

AT&T NOW fuboTV Hulu Philo Sling TV YouTube
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USD 54.99 USD 59.99 USD 54.99 USD 20 USD 30 USD 30 USD 64.99
Altitude USD 79.99 - - - - - -
AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh USD 79.99 - - - - - -
AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain USD 79.99 - - - - - -
AT&T SportsNet Southwest USD 79.99 - - - - -
Fox Sports Arizona USD 79.99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Carolinas - - - - - - -
Fox Sports Detroit USD 79.99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Florida USD 79.99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Indiana - - - - - - -
Fox Sports Kansas City - - - - - - -
Fox Sports Midwest USD 79.99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports New Orleans - - - - - - -
Fox Sports North USD 79.99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Ohio USD 79.99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Oklahoma USD 79.99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Prime Ticket USD 79.99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports San Diego USD 79.99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports South USD 79.99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Southeast USD 79.99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Southwest USD 79.99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Sun USD 79.99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Tennessee - - - - - - -
Fox Sports West USD 79.99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Wisconsin USD 79.99 - - - - - -
LA FC Sports Network - - - - - -
Longhorn Network USD 79.99 - - - ^ USD 10 - -
Marquee Sports Network USD 79.99 - - - - - -
MASN USD 79.99 - - - - - -
MASN2 USD 79.99 - - - - - -
MSG USD 79.99 - - - - -
MSG+ USD 79.99 - - - - -
NBC Sports Bay Area USD 79.99 - -
NBC Sports Boston USD 79.99 - - -
NBC Sports California USD 79.99 - -
NBC Sports Chicago USD 79.99 - - -
NBC Sports Northwest - - - -
NBC Sports Philadelphia - - - -
NBC Sports Philadelphia+ - - - -
NBC Sports Washington USD 79.99 - -
NBC Sports Washington+ - - - - -
NESN USD 79.99 - - - - -
Root Sports Northwest USD 79.99 - - - - - -
Spectrum SportsNet USD 79.99 - - - - - -
Spectrum SportsNet LA USD 79.99 - - - - - -
SportsNet NY USD 79.99 - - -
SportsTime Ohio USD 79.99 - - - - - -
YES Network USD 79.99 - - - - - -

Local Channels

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.

AT&T NOW fuboTV Hulu Philo Sling TV YouTube
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USD 54.99 USD 59.99 USD 54.99 USD 20 USD 30 USD 30 USD 64.99
CBS - - -
NBC - -
Fox - -
ABC - - -

Pro Sports Channels

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 ($60) 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.

AT&T NOW fuboTV Hulu Philo Sling TV YouTube
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USD 54.99 USD 59.99 USD 54.99 USD 20 USD 30 USD 30 USD 64.99
MLB Network - ^ USD 11 - - ^ USD 10 ^ USD 10
NBA TV - ^ USD 11 - - ^ USD 10 ^ USD 10
NFL Network - - - -
NFL RedZone - ^ USD 11 - - - ^ USD 10 ^ USD 11
NHL Network - ^ USD 11 - - ^ USD 10 ^ USD 10 -

College Sports Channels

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 ($55) 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.

AT&T NOW fuboTV Hulu Philo Sling TV YouTube
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USD 54.99 USD 59.99 USD 54.99 USD 20 USD 30 USD 30 USD 64.99
ACC Network USD 79.99 - ^ USD 10 -
ACC Network Extra USD 79.99 - - ^ USD 10 -
Big Ten Network USD 79.99 - -
CBS Sports Network USD 79.99 - - -
ESPNU USD 79.99 ^ USD 6 - ^ USD 10 -
Fox College Sports - ^ USD 11 - - - - ^ USD 11
Longhorn Network USD 79.99 - - - ^ USD 10 - -
Pac-12 Network - - - ^ USD 10 ^ USD 10 -
SEC Network USD 79.99 - ^ USD 10 -

Other Sports Channels

fuboTV has one of the strongest packages for soccer, golf, and international sports.

With fuboTV Standard Plan 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 ($55) and YouTube TV ($65) each offer Golf Channel in their plan.

AT&T NOW fuboTV Hulu Philo Sling TV YouTube
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USD 54.99 USD 59.99 USD 54.99 USD 20 USD 30 USD 30 USD 64.99
beIN Sports - - - ^ USD 10 ^ USD 10 -
Eleven Sports - - - - - -
ESPNEWS USD 79.99 ^ USD 6 - ^ USD 10 -
Fox Soccer Plus - ^ USD 6 - - - - ^ USD 11
Golf Channel USD 79.99 - - ^ USD 10
Olympic Channel USD 79.99 - - ^ USD 10
Tennis Channel - ^ USD 11 - - ^ USD 10 ^ USD 10

Out-of-Market Subscriptions

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.

NFL SundayTicket.TV

Watch out-of-market NFL games and NFL RedZone. It is only available to those who can’t subscribe to DirecTV.

  • $279.99 (every team)

Students can subscribe for only $99 / season

NBA League Pass

Watch out-of-market NBA Games.

  • $119.99 (single team)
  • $199.99 (every team)
  • $249.99 (no commercials)

MLB.TV

Watch out-of-market MLB Games.

  • $93.99 (single team)
  • $121.99 (every team)

Students can receive a 30% discount.

NHL.TV

Watch out-of-market NHL Games.

  • $111.99 (single team)
  • $139.99 (every team)

Students can receive a 30% discount.