Best apps to stream sports

The COVID-19 outbreak changed nearly all aspects of our lives. For several months, early all of the major pro and collegiate sports leagues shut down operations. However, many of the major sports leagues have either restarted their seasons or launched limited seasons. On Thursday, the National Football League begins its 2020 season with a full slate of games. So what are the best streaming services for sports that you can access now?

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Here are some of the best streaming services for sports right now — many of which are official apps for major sports leagues.

Best sports streaming services


1. ESPN Plus – watch tons of sports, including UFC

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ESPN Plus is a great source for watching the latest sports news, even in this coronavirus environment. You also have access to tons of award-winning documentaries and much more. It also offers live sports coverage of select live MLB, NHL, NBA, and MLS games, along with tons of other live sports events. ESPN Plus is also home to the UFC mixed martial arts fighting league in the United States.

ESPN Plus is easily one of the best sports streaming services and even offers a free trial. Even better, ESPN Plus is owned by Disney, and so there’s a great Disney Plus-Hulu-ESPN Plus bundle, which costs $12.99 a month. This gives you access to ESPN Plus, as well as all the great content on Disney Plus and Hulu. Perfect for families!


2. MLB.TV – Your source for Major League Baseball

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The 2020 MLB season is now back in full swing (no pun intended). The MLB.TV service allows you to stream every live game in this shortened season. You can pay to follow just one team’s out-of-market games live or on-demand for $19.99. You can also watch all of the teams’ games, again either live or on-demand, for $24.99. That plan also comes with a three-day free trial.


3. NBA League Pass – The home of the National Basketball Association

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The current NBA season was cut short, but it started up again, and we are now in its playoff season. The NBA League Pass lets you watch a selection of games for $6.99 a month, or $19.99 for a year. For $28.99 a year, you can watch all the teams play, and for $39.99 a year, you can watch the games without commercials.


4. NHL.tv – Your fix for content from the National Hockey League

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The pro hockey season has started up again and it is currently in the middle of its Stanley Cup Playoffs. You can sign up for NHL.TV and watch all the playoff games for this shortened season for just $9.99.


5. NFL Game Pass – your doorway to content from the National Football League

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The 2029 NFL pro football season begins on Thursday, September 10. The NFL Game Pass will let you replay every game played during the season after the live broadcast ends. It will also offer condensed 45-minute versions of those games and lots more. It costs $99.99 for a full year, with a seven-day free trial. In order to watch all NFL games live, you will have to sign up for the very expensive NFL Sunday Ticket, which is only available via AT&T’s DirecTV.


6. PGA Tour Live – get your golf on

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Pro golf is now back, and the PGA Tour Live is available to let fans watch featured played groups live throughout the season. You can sign up for the service for $9.99 a month or $69.99 for a year.


7. WWE Network – ultimate sports entertainment for wrestling fans!

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Pro wrestling has been going on during the pandemic, even while major sports leagues were shut down. You can watch all the major PPV events live on WWE Network along with a ton of other content, for $9.99 a month.


Other streaming services for sports options – Live streaming services and more

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In addition to all the dedicated sports apps that stream live games, many of the live streaming TV services offer live sports action. Hulu Plus Live TV, YouTube TV, Sling TV, and others can access sports from the major broadcast networks, along with other channels like ESPN, TNT, and others that offer live sports. Most offer cloud DVR features so you can record games and watch them later.

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Also, streaming services like Amazon Prime Video, CBS All Access, and Peacock offer live sports and other features. Peacock will also be the online streaming home for the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.