How to watch college football without cable – the 2021 season continues with new matchups on September 25

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Notre Dame’s college football team faces off against Wisconsin on September 25.

  • The 2021 NCAA college football season began on August 28 and runs through December.
  • Games are broadcast on local stations, national networks, and college sports channels.
  • You can watch select college football matches without cable via live TV streaming services like Sling TV.

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The 2021 NCAA college football season kicked off in late August and will continue through December. Playoffs occur after the regular season ends, and the championship game is currently scheduled for January 10.

As we enter Week Four, several exciting matchups are set for September 25. Most notably, Notre Dame faces Wisconsin at 12 p.m. ET on Fox, and Texas A&M takes on Arkansas at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.

College football games are primarily broadcast in one of three ways: on local channels, on cable networks, or on college sports networks. Select games will also be available to stream via ESPN+.

Below, we broke down some of the best ways to watch college football without cable, so you can stay up to date with your favorite teams.

How to watch college football without cable

You can watch local college football games for free by using an HDTV antenna. In order to watch games that are broadcast on pay-TV or college sports networks, you need a subscription to a streaming service like Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, or YouTube TV.

The core local channels with access to college football games are ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC. National stations like ESPN, Fox Sports 1 (FS1), and CBSSN broadcast select college football games. Additional games are available through college sports networks such as the ACC Network, Big Ten Network, and SEC Network.

The number of channels that broadcast college football games can be a little overwhelming, so we put together a list featuring some of the best ways to stream games without a cable subscription.

Here’s a roundup of services you can use to watch college football without cable:

HDTV Antenna

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If your main concern is rooting for your local college football team, an HDTV antenna is one of the most affordable options. A one-time purchase of an inexpensive antenna unlocks access to over-the-air (OTA) signals near you, and allows you to stream any available local affiliates of ABC, CBS, Fox, or NBC. 

An HDTV antenna is a great, budget-friendly option for streaming local games and does not require any monthly subscription. The major downside is that it doesn’t give you access to games broadcast on cable channels like ESPN or out-of-market games.

What college football channels you can get: 

  • ABC
  • CBS
  • Fox
  • NBC

Sling TV

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Sling TV is one of the most affordable live TV streaming services with access to college football games. Sling’s two core plans, Orange and Blue, start at just $35 a month. If you want to watch games broadcast on ESPN and ESPN2, then Sling Orange is a great choice. Looking for the college football games airing on FS1 and NBC? Then Sling Blue is the best plan for you. 

Sling also offers a bundle option that combines all the channels from the Orange and Blue plan for just $50 a month. New customers to Sling TV currently receive $25 off their first month of service to the Orange or Blue plans, and $30 off their first month of the combined plan.

For an extra $11 a month, you can add access to college sports channels like the Big Ten Network and the SEC Network with the Sports Plus add-on package.

What college football channels you can get: 

Sling Orange:

  • ESPN
  • ESPN 2
  • Stadium
  • ACC Network*
  • ACC Network Extra*
  • ESPNU*
  • SEC Network*
  • SEC Network+*
  • Pac-12 Network*

Sling Blue:

  • NBC
  • Fox
  • FS1
  • Stadium
  • Pac-12 Network*
  • Big Ten Network*

*Available as an add-on channel

Hulu with Live TV

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If you want to get access to a vast library of movies, TV shows, and originals with your live TV subscription service, Hulu + Live TV could be a great fit for your needs. A subscription to Hulu + Live TV starts at $65 a month. 

With Hulu + Live TV, you get access to available local affiliate channels, like ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox. You also unlock many important broadcast channels for watching nationally televised college football games such as ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, and more. 

Unlike Sling TV, Hulu + Live TV includes access to the SEC Network and ESPNU in their basic subscription plan.

What college football channels you can get: 

  • ABC
  • CBS
  • NBC
  • Fox
  • CBSSN
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNU
  • FS1
  • ACC Network
  • Big Ten Network
  • SEC Network

YouTube TV

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As a live TV streaming service, YouTube TV includes many of the same features as Hulu + Live TV without the vast catalog of on-demand entertainment. A subscription to YouTube TV starts at $65 a month.

The channels available with a YouTube TV subscription closely mirror what is offered through Hulu + Live TV. You get access to local affiliates and all the important cable channels like ESPN, FS1, and CBSSN. 

Similar to Hulu + Live TV, college sports channels, such as the SEC Network, Big Ten Network, and ESPNU are included as part of the base plan for YouTube TV. The one main difference between the two services is that you can purchase a Sports Plus add-on for YouTube TV that costs $11 a month and includes the Stadium College Sports channel.

What college football channels you can get: 

  • ABC
  • CBS
  • NBC
  • Fox
  • CBSSN
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNU
  • FS1
  • ACC Network
  • Big Ten Network
  • SEC Network

FuboTV

FuboTV

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FuboTV is another quality live TV streaming service with access to college football games. Starting at $65 a month, the streaming service has the same basic rate as Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV.

You can watch games that air on local affiliate channels and core broadcast channels with FuboTV. The streaming service offers certain college sports channels in its base plan, like the Big Ten Network and CBS Sports Network, but the options are more limited than what is offered through Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV.

Certain channels with college football games, such as the ACC Network, SEC Network, and ESPNU, are available in add-on packages for FuboTV.

What college football channels you can get: 

  • ABC
  • CBS
  • NBC
  • Fox
  • CBSSN
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNU*
  • FS1
  • ACC Network*
  • Big Ten Network
  • SEC Network*
  • Pac-12 Network*
  • Stadium*

*Available as an add-on channel

Paramount Plus

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If your main concern is watching the SEC football games airing on CBS, then Paramount Plus is a great streaming service for you. Plans for Paramount Plus start at $5 a month and include access to the college football games broadcast on CBS.

You also get thousands of hours of on-demand movies, TV shows, and original content with a subscription to Paramount Plus.

 

ESPN+

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ESPN+ doesn’t give you access to the ESPN channel, but for $7 a month, you can live stream select college football games from the MVFC, Ohio Valley, Southern Conference, and more. 

This is a great supplemental streaming service if you want to watch more niche college football games that are often not nationally broadcast.

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How to watch the NFL without cable – the 2021 season enters its second week with a Thursday night game on NFL Network

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The 2021 NFL season began on September 9.

  • The 2021 NFL season kicks off its second week with a Thursday night matchup on NFL Network.
  • Games are spread across several channels, including NFL Network, ESPN, NBC, Fox, and CBS.
  • HD antennas and streaming services offer select NFL games without the need for a cable subscription.

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The 2021 NFL season enters its second week with a Thursday night matchup between the Washington Football Team and New York Giants. The game starts at 8:20 p.m. ET on the NFL Network.

Throughout the season, NFL games are spread across five primary channels: ESPN, NBC, Fox, CBS, and the NFL Network. Meanwhile, the next Super Bowl will be broadcast on NBC.

To help ensure you get access to every game you want to watch, we’ve broken down the ins and outs of streaming the NFL season without a cable subscription.

NFL week 2 schedule

Week two of the NFL regular season features an exciting lineup, including a Sunday Night Football matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens on NBC and Peacock. This week’s Monday Night Football game will feature the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions on ESPN.

Primetime games are shown nationally, but local broadcasts for afternoon games are determined by your area. Bye games will not start until after week four.

Game

Date and time Channel
Washington Football Team at New York Giants September 16, 8:20 p.m. ET NFL Network
New England Patriots at New York Jets September 19, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Denver Broncos at Jacksonville Jaguars September 19, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins September 19, 1 p.m. ET Fox
San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles September 19, 1 p.m. ET Fox
Los Angeles Rams at Indianapolis Colts September 19, 1 p.m. ET Fox
Las Vegas Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers September 19, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Cincinnati Bengals at Chicago Bears September 19, 1 p.m. ET Fox
Houston Texans at Cleveland Browns September 19, 1 p.m. ET CBS
New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers September 19, 1 p.m. ET Fox
Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals September 19, 4:05 p.m. ET Fox
Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers September 19, 4:05 p.m. ET Fox
Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks September 19, 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
Dallas Cowboys at San Diego Chargers September 19, 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens September 19, 8:20 p.m. ET NBC, Peacock Premium
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers September 20, 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN, ESPN2

How to watch NFL games without cable

You can access select NFL games without a cable subscription via streaming services like Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, FuboTV, YouTube TV, Paramount Plus, Amazon Prime Video, Peacock Premium, and NFL Sunday Ticket. You can also watch local NFL games with an HDTV antenna.

The 2021 NFL regular season began on September 9. During the regular season, Sunday afternoon games with an NFC home team will typically air on Fox, and Sunday afternoon games with an AFC home team will typically air on CBS.

Meanwhile, Sunday Night Football airs on NBC, and Thursday Night Football will broadcast on NFL Network all season long. Select Thursday Night Football games will also be shown on Fox and streamed via Amazon Prime and Twitch. Finally, Monday Night Football is on ESPN.

Additionally, you can stream all your local in-market games on your mobile device for free using the Yahoo Sports app or the NFL app.

Here’s a full roundup of all the services you can use to stream NFL games without cable.

HDTV Antenna

one by one antenna

You can purchase an antenna, like this 1 By One model, to add to your TV for about $24, giving you access to local channels within a certain distance. 

What you get:

Hooking up an HD antenna to your TV gives you access to local over-the-air (OTA) signals in your location. This means that you will be able to access the local affiliates of major broadcast networks, like Fox, CBS, and NBC.

This lets you watch all the regional games broadcast from wherever you’re located. You also get the Sunday Night Football matchup that airs on NBC. Because it’s only a one-time payment, this is a great option if you’re solely interested in watching the team in your area. However, you will not get access to any out-of-market games or games that air on ESPN or the NFL Network.


Sling TV

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If you’re looking for a live TV streaming service to watch football, Sling TV is a great budget option that gives you most of the channels you need at a cheaper price than Hulu or FuboTV.

There are three different plans, depending on what channels you prioritize. Sling Orange and Sling Blue each cost $35 a month, while the combined Sling Orange + Blue plan costs $50 per month. Additionally, you can purchase the Sports Extra package to add NFL RedZone to your plan for $11 per month.

What you get:

Sling Orange has ESPN, while Sling Blue has Fox and NBC in select markets as well as the NFL network. CBS is not currently offered by Sling. While there is a Sports Extra package, it does not include any channels that air live NFL games. 

Your best bet to get access to the most NFL games via Sling is to sign up for the Sling Orange + Blue plan and cash in on Sling’s current promotional offer of a free antenna for local channels. The free antenna requires that you prepay for two months of the Sling service. Plus, if you want RedZone you can add the Sports Extra package to the Orange + Blue Plan for a total of $61 a month.

If you don’t want it all, you can just sign up for Sling Blue to gain access to Sunday afternoon games on Fox and Sunday Night Football games on NBC, or just Sling Orange to gain access to Monday Night games on ESPN, in addition to the local offerings included with the antenna. As with all streaming services, game availability is subject to blackouts.

With Sling’s channel listings, add-ons, and the fact that they provide a free antenna, you can gain access to all local channels, the NFL Network, ESPN, and NFL RedZone, making it one of the most cost-effective ways to watch the NFL without cable. 

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In addition to all of its other offerings, Hulu + Live TV has nearly everything you need to stream NFL games for $65 per month. However, like Sling TV, there’s no option to add the NFL Network or NFL RedZone as a channel, which could be a deal-breaker if you’re hoping to watch and monitor action across the league.

What you get: 

Like an HD antenna, Hulu + Live TV gets you access to all the local affiliates of the major broadcasts, meaning Fox, CBS, and NBC. These will show the games that are within your regional broadcast map with the exception of any blackouts. In addition, you also get ESPN, which gives you access to all Monday Night Football games, and some of the best NFL coverage and analysis on TV. 

While you don’t get access to watch out-of-network games from across the country like you do with NFL RedZone or NFL Sunday Ticket, this is a comprehensive way to tune into most locally and nationally televised games. Hulu does not offer a way to watch the first three regular Thursday Night Football games, however, since those will be aired on NFL Network. 


FuboTV

FuboTV

At $65 a month for the Starter Plan, FuboTV is one of the most comprehensive yet expensive live streaming options for NFL football. You can also spend an extra $11 per month to add the Sports Plus with NFL RedZone package.

What you get:

In terms of NFL games, the Starter Plan includes access to local CBS, NBC, and Fox stations (regional availability and blackout restrictions apply). FuboTV’s Starter Plan also grants you access to ESPN to watch Monday Night Football, and NFL Network to stream Thursday Night Football all season long. 


YouTube TV

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With a base price of $65 a month, YouTube TV is another service that offers access to most NFL games. Additionally, the service announced an agreement with the NFL to offer NFL Redzone as an add-on included in their Sports Plus package for an additional $11 a month. 

What you get:

Like other services at this price range, YouTube TV offers access to all the local channels you need to watch NFL games, including CBS, Fox, and NBC. YouTube TV also offers ESPN and NFL Network in their base package, so you’ll be able to watch all Monday Night Football and Thursday Night Football games. And with the news of the new Sports Plus package, you can also watch NFL Redzone for an additional $11 per month.


NFL Sunday Ticket

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NFL Sunday Ticket used to only be available with a cable subscription, but NFL fans in non-DirecTV markets anywhere in the country can now gain access to every Sunday afternoon game.

There are two separate plans available: The NFL Sunday Ticket To Go plan costs $73.49 per month for four months, which is $293.96 total. There is also the NFL Sunday Ticket Max plan for $99 per month for four months, adding up to $396 total.

What you get:

Both plans give you access to all out-of-market Sunday afternoon games. This means that you do not get access to Thursday, Sunday, or Monday night games. You also won’t be able to stream locally televised games with only an NFL Sunday Ticket subscription. However, this is the only way for people hoping to watch full live games of their favorite teams out of market. A fun feature included in both plans is that you can watch four games at once on your screen.

In addition to the normal features, NFL Sunday Ticket Max adds in NFL RedZone and the DirecTV Fantasy Zone, which is a new channel solely dedicated watching games through the lens of fantasy football. 


Paramount Plus

CBS All Access NFL

If you’re just interested in watching locally televised AFC home games, then a Paramount Plus subscription could be all you need. The service lets you stream live CBS television, as well as a growing library of on-demand shows and exclusive titles. Paramount Plus is available for $5 a month with commercials or $10 a month with ad-free streaming. With that said, all live broadcasts, including NFL games, still feature commercials with the ad-free plan.

What you get:

Paramount Plus offers live streaming for every NFL game that airs on the regular CBS channel in your local market. However, since Paramount Plus only offers CBS content you won’t be able to watch any games that air on other networks or any out of market matches. You can see a full schedule of NFL games set to air on CBS here.

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Peacock Premium

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Peacock won’t be streaming any exclusive games during the 2021 season, but Premium subscribers can stream all the NFL games being broadcast on NBC.

What you get:

For $5 a month, Peacock Premium will give you streaming access to NBC’s Sunday Night Football games, as well as Super Bowl LVI, the Thanksgiving game between the Buffalo Bills and New Orleans Saints, and the 2021 kick-off game between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The NFL’s flex scheduling gives NBC the option to change the Sunday Night Football game of the week, which typically guarantees that the primetime game will be one of the week’s best matchups.

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Amazon Prime Video

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Though yon won’t get local channels, NFL Network, or in-depth analysis, Amazon Prime Video members can watch select Thursday Night Football games with their subscription for no additional cost. A standalone Amazon Prime Video membership costs $9 a month, and the service is included as part of an Amazon Prime subscription for $119 per year or $13 a month.

What you get:

Amazon Prime Video will stream 11 Thursday Night Football games starting week five of the season. These game will also be broadcast on NFL Network and Fox. Since Amazon won’t be streaming any additional games, Prime Video on its own is really only suitable for casual football fans who just want to stream a few games this season. 

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Yahoo Sports app and NFL app

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If you’re only interested in watching in-market games without cable or an antenna, then you can stream live local and primetime games on a mobile device using the Yahoo Sports or NFL app. Both options are free and each app is available on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. 

What you get:

These apps provide live streaming for regular season local and primetime games, playoffs, and the Super Bowl. With that said, you can only watch the games on a mobile device. You’ll also need to ensure that your location services are activated on your phone or tablet.

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Amazon could pay the NFL $2.5 billion to stream ‘Sunday Ticket’ games – and is seen as the frontrunner among bidders, reports say

An NFL game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys.
A NFL game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys.

  • Amazon is seen as the favorite to win the rights to NFL’s “Sunday Ticket” package, CNBC reported.
  • The NFL is expected to ask for as much as $2.5 billion per year for the package, the report said.
  • Other competitors that have reportedly shown interest include Apple and Disney.
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Amazon is in talks to acquire the rights to the NFL’s “Sunday Ticket” streaming package under a multi-year deal, CNBC reported on Friday, citing sources.

The tech giant is said to have expressed a “serious interest” in the package that allows subscribers to stream out-of-market football games.

The NFL is expected to set an annual price tag between $2 billion and $2.5 billion, and wants to settle discussions on the deal before the season winds down in February, CNBC said, citing two sources.

Amazon isn’t the only interested party. Apple has also requested exclusive rights to the package, according to The Information. But it’s reportedly not seen as a serious contender due to its “reluctance to invest heavily in entertainment.”

Disney has also had related discussions with the NFL, ESPN Chairman Jimmy Pitaro told Bloomberg recently. Meanwhile, NBCUniversal’s streaming service Peacock is not expected to make a bid, CNBC reported, citing a source.

Satellite pay-TV operator DirecTV, which AT&T spun out as a standalone video entity last month, has owned the package for 27 years.

For the past seven years, DirecTV paid $1.5 billion a year to stream the package. It renewed its latest partnership with the NFL in 2014, but that’s set to expire after the 2022 season. CNBC’s sources said it may not have as sturdy a balance sheet as Amazon or Apple.

Amazon is seen as the favorite to win the rights. Its Prime Video service became the first all-streaming provider to agree to become the exclusive home of NFL’s “Thursday Night Football” in a significant step in the streaming wars. The company is paying $1 billion a year under the 11-year agreement.

Amazon didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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How to watch college football without cable – the 2021 season continues with Georgia vs. Clemson and other exciting matchups on September 4

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College Football
  • The 2021 NCAA college football season began on August 28 and runs through December.
  • Games are broadcast on local channels, national networks, and college sports networks.
  • You can watch select college football matches without cable via live TV streaming services like Sling TV.

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Fire up those portable grills, grab some ice for the cooler, and find a good tailgating spot, because college football is back. The 2021 NCAA college football season kicked off on August 28 and continues through December. Playoffs occur after the regular season ends, and the championship game is currently scheduled for January 10.

On September 4, major college football matchups include Alabama vs. Miami at 3:30 p.m. ET and Georgia vs. Clemson at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

College football games are primarily broadcast in one of three ways: on local channels, on cable networks, or on college sports networks. Select games will also be available to stream via ESPN+.

We’ve broken down some of the best ways to watch college football without cable, so you can stay up to date with your favorite teams.

How to watch college football without cable

You can watch local college football games for free by using an HDTV antenna. In order to watch games that are broadcast on pay-TV or college sports networks, you need a subscription to a streaming service like Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, or YouTube TV.

The core local channels with access to college football games are ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC. National stations like ESPN, Fox Sports 1 (FS1), and CBSSN broadcast select college football games. Additional games are available through college sports networks such as the ACC Network, Big Ten Network, and SEC Network.

The number of channels that broadcast college football games can be a little overwhelming, so we put together a list featuring some of the best ways to stream games without a cable subscription.

Here’s a roundup of services you can use to watch college football without cable:

HDTV Antenna

1byone HDTV antenna

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If your main concern is rooting for your local college football team, an HDTV antenna is one of the most affordable options. A one-time purchase of an inexpensive antenna unlocks access to over-the-air (OTA) signals near you, and allows you to stream any available local affiliates of ABC, CBS, Fox, or NBC. 

An HDTV antenna is a great, budget-friendly option for streaming local games and does not require any monthly subscription. The major downside is that it doesn’t give you access to games broadcast on cable channels like ESPN or out-of-market games.

What college football channels you can get: 

  • ABC
  • CBS
  • Fox
  • NBC

Sling TV

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Sling TV is one of the most affordable live TV streaming services with access to college football games. Sling’s two core plans, Orange and Blue, start at just $35 a month. If you want to watch games broadcast on ESPN and ESPN2, then Sling Orange is a great choice. Looking for the college football games airing on FS1 and NBC? Then Sling Blue is the best plan for you. 

Sling also offers a bundle option that combines all the channels from the Orange and Blue plan for just $50 a month. New customers to Sling TV currently receive $25 off their first month of service to the Orange or Blue plans, and $30 off their first month of the combined plan.

For an extra $11 a month, you can add access to college sports channels like the Big Ten Network and the SEC Network with the Sports Plus add-on package.

What college football channels you can get: 

Sling Orange:

  • ESPN
  • ESPN 2
  • Stadium
  • ACC Network*
  • ACC Network Extra*
  • ESPNU*
  • SEC Network*
  • SEC Network+*
  • Pac-12 Network*

Sling Blue:

  • NBC
  • Fox
  • FS1
  • Stadium
  • Pac-12 Network*
  • Big Ten Network*

*Available as an add-on channel

Hulu with Live TV

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If you want to get access to a vast library of movies, TV shows, and originals with your live TV subscription service, Hulu + Live TV could be a great fit for your needs. A subscription to Hulu + Live TV starts at $65 a month. 

With Hulu + Live TV, you get access to available local affiliate channels, like ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox. You also unlock many important broadcast channels for watching nationally televised college football games such as ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, and more. 

Unlike Sling TV, Hulu + Live TV includes access to the SEC Network and ESPNU in their basic subscription plan.

What college football channels you can get: 

  • ABC
  • CBS
  • NBC
  • Fox
  • CBSSN
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNU
  • FS1
  • ACC Network
  • Big Ten Network
  • SEC Network

YouTube TV

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As a live TV streaming service, YouTube TV includes many of the same features as Hulu + Live TV without the vast catalog of on-demand entertainment. A subscription to YouTube TV starts at $65 a month.

The channels available with a YouTube TV subscription closely mirror what is offered through Hulu + Live TV. You get access to local affiliates and all the important cable channels like ESPN, FS1, and CBSSN. 

Similar to Hulu + Live TV, college sports channels, such as the SEC Network, Big Ten Network, and ESPNU are included as part of the base plan for YouTube TV. The one main difference between the two services is that you can purchase a Sports Plus add-on for YouTube TV that costs $11 a month and includes the Stadium College Sports channel.

What college football channels you can get: 

  • ABC
  • CBS
  • NBC
  • Fox
  • CBSSN
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNU
  • FS1
  • ACC Network
  • Big Ten Network
  • SEC Network

FuboTV

FuboTV

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FuboTV is another quality live TV streaming service with access to college football games. Starting at $65 a month, the streaming service has the same basic rate as Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV.

You can watch games that air on local affiliate channels and core broadcast channels with FuboTV. The streaming service offers certain college sports channels in its base plan, like the Big Ten Network and CBS Sports Network, but the options are more limited than what is offered through Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV.

Certain channels with college football games, such as the ACC Network, SEC Network, and ESPNU, are available in add-on packages for FuboTV.

What college football channels you can get: 

  • ABC
  • CBS
  • NBC
  • Fox
  • CBSSN
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNU*
  • FS1
  • ACC Network*
  • Big Ten Network
  • SEC Network*
  • Pac-12 Network*
  • Stadium*

*Available as an add-on channel

Paramount Plus

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If your main concern is watching the SEC football games airing on CBS, then Paramount Plus is a great streaming service for you. Plans for Paramount Plus start at $5 a month and include access to the college football games broadcast on CBS.

You also get thousands of hours of on-demand movies, TV shows, and original content with a subscription to Paramount Plus.

 

ESPN+

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ESPN+ doesn’t give you access to the ESPN channel, but for $7 a month, you can live stream select college football games from the MVFC, Ohio Valley, Southern Conference, and more. 

This is a great supplemental streaming service if you want to watch more niche college football games that are often not nationally broadcast.

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How to watch college football without cable – the 2021 season kicks off on August 28 with exciting matchups

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College Football
  • The 2021 NCAA college football season begins on August 28 and runs through December.
  • Games are broadcast on local channels, national networks, and college sports networks.
  • You can watch select college football matches without cable via live TV streaming services like Sling TV.

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Fire up those portable grills, grab some ice for the cooler, and find a good tailgating spot, because college football is back. The 2021 NCAA college football season kicks off on August 28 and continues through December. Playoffs occur after the regular season ends, and the championship game is currently scheduled for January 10.

On opening day, known as “Week 0,” major matchups include Nebraska vs. Illinois at 1 p.m. ET on Fox, and Hawaii vs. UCLA at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN.

College football games are primarily broadcast in one of three ways: on local channels, on cable networks, or on college sports networks. Select games will also be available to stream via ESPN+.

We’ve broken down some of the best ways to watch college football without cable, so you can stay up to date with your favorite teams.

How to watch college football without cable

You can watch local college football games for free by using an HDTV antenna. In order to watch games that are broadcast on pay-TV or college sports networks, you need a subscription to a streaming service like Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, or YouTube TV.

The core local channels with access to college football games are ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC. National stations like ESPN, Fox Sports 1 (FS1), and CBSSN broadcast select college football games. Additional games are available through college sports networks such as the ACC Network, Big Ten Network, and SEC Network.

The number of channels that broadcast college football games can be a little overwhelming, so we put together a list featuring some of the best ways to stream games without a cable subscription.

Here’s a roundup of streaming services you can use to watch college football without cable:

HDTV Antenna

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If your main concern is rooting for your local college football team, an HDTV antenna is one of the most affordable options. A one-time purchase of an inexpensive antenna unlocks access to over-the-air (OTA) signals near you, and allows you to stream any available local affiliates of ABC, CBS, Fox, or NBC. 

An HDTV antenna is a great, budget-friendly option for streaming local games and does not require any monthly subscription. The major downside is that it doesn’t give you access to games broadcast on cable channels like ESPN or out-of-market games.

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Sling TV

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Sling TV is one of the most affordable live TV streaming services with access to college football games. Sling’s two core plans, Orange and Blue, start at just $35 a month. If you want to watch games broadcast on ESPN and ESPN2, then Sling Orange is a great choice. Looking for the college football games airing on FS1 and NBC? Then Sling Blue is the best plan for you. 

Sling also offers a bundle option that combines all the channels from the Orange and Blue plan for just $50 a month. New customers to Sling TV currently receive $25 off their first month of service to the Orange or Blue plans, and $30 off their first month of the combined plan.

For an extra $11 a month, you can add access to college sports channels like the Big Ten Network and the SEC Network with the Sports Plus add-on package.

In select markets, local channels, like ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox, are available to stream at no additional cost through Locast. That said, unless you make a monthly donation of $5, these local channels will have periodic interruptions inserted by Locast. Visit the Sling TV website for more information about Locast integration.

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Hulu with Live TV

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If you want to get access to a vast library of movies, TV shows, and originals with your live TV subscription service, Hulu + Live TV could be a great fit for your needs. A subscription to Hulu + Live TV starts at $65 a month. 

With Hulu + Live TV, you get access to available local affiliate channels, like ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox. You also unlock many important broadcast channels for watching nationally televised college football games such as ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, and more. 

Unlike Sling TV, Hulu + Live TV includes access to the SEC Network, Big Ten Network, and ESPNU in their basic subscription plan.

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YouTube TV

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As a live TV streaming service, YouTube TV includes many of the same features as Hulu + Live TV without the vast catalog of on-demand entertainment. A subscription to YouTube TV starts at $65 a month.

The channels available with a YouTube TV subscription closely mirror what is offered through Hulu + Live TV. You get access to local affiliates and all the important cable channels like ESPN, FS1, and CBSSN. 

Similar to Hulu + Live TV, college sports channels, such as the SEC Network, Big Ten Network, and ESPNU are included as part of the base plan for YouTube TV. The one main difference between the two services is that you can purchase a Sports Plus add-on for YouTube TV that costs $11 a month and includes the Fox College Sports channel.

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FuboTV

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FuboTV is another quality live TV streaming service with access to college football games. Starting at $65 a month, the streaming service has the same basic rate as Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV.

You can watch games that air on local affiliate channels and core broadcast channels with FuboTV. The streaming service offers certain college sports channels in their base plan, like the ACC Network, Big Ten Network, and CBS Sports Network, but the options are more limited than what is offered through Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV.

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Paramount Plus

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If your main concern is watching the SEC football games airing on CBS, then Paramount Plus is a great streaming service for you. Plans for Paramount Plus start at $5 a month and include access to the college football games broadcast on CBS.

You also get thousands of hours of on-demand movies, TV shows, and original content with a subscription to Paramount Plus.

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ESPN+

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ESPN+ doesn’t give you access to the ESPN channel, but for $7 a month, you can live stream select college football games from the MVFC, Ohio Valley, Southern Conference, and more. 

This is a great supplemental streaming service if you want to watch more niche college football games that are often not nationally broadcast.

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How to watch the NFL without cable – the 2021 preseason continues through August 29

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The 2021 NFL preseason began on August 5.

  • The 2021 NFL preseason began on August 5; the regular season will kick off on September 9.
  • Games are spread across several channels, including ESPN, NBC, Fox, CBS, and NFL Network.
  • HD antennas and streaming services offer select NFL games without the need for a cable subscription.

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The 2021 NFL preseason is underway with a reduced three-week schedule leading up to this year’s expanded 18-week regular season. Regular season play will kick off on September 9 with a Thursday night game between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

NFL games are spread across five primary networks: ESPN, NBC, Fox, CBS, and the NFL Network. Meanwhile, the next Super Bowl will be broadcast on NBC.

To help ensure you get access to the preseason and any other games you’d like to watch, we’ve broken down the ins and outs of watching the NFL season without a cable subscription.

NFL preseason week 2 schedule

The 2021 NFL preseason began with the Cowboys playing the Steelers in the annual Hall of Fame Game on August 5. The three-week preseason continues through August 29

Game

Date and time Channel
New England Patriots at Philadelphia Eagles August 19, 7:30 p.m. ET NFL Network
Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Football Team August 20, 8 p.m. ET NFL Network
Kansas City Chiefs at Arizona Cardinals August 20, 8 p.m. ET ESPN
Buffalo Bills at Chicago Bears August 21, 1 p.m. ET NFL Network
New York Jets at Green Bay Packers August 21, 4:25 p.m. ET NFL Network
Baltimore Ravens at Carolina Panthers August 21, 7 p.m. ET Local affiliates
Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins August 21, 7 p.m. ET Local affiliates
Tennessee Titans at Tampa Bay Buccaneers August 21, 7:30 p.m. ET Local affiliates
Detroit Lions at Pittsburgh Steelers August 21, 7:30 p.m. ET NFL Network
Indianapolis Colts at Minnesota Vikings August 21, 8 p.m. ET Local affiliates
Houston Texans at Dallas Cowboys August 21, 8 p.m. ET Local affiliates
Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers August 21, 10 p.m. ET NFL Network
Denver Broncos versus Seattle Seahawks August 21, 10 p.m. ET Local affiliates
New York Giants at Cleveland Browns August 22, 1 p.m. ET NFL Network
San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Chargers August 22, 7:30 p.m. ET NFL Network
Jacksonville Jaguars at New Orleans Saints August 23, 8 p.m. ET ESPN

How to watch NFL games without cable

You can access select NFL games without a cable subscription via streaming services like Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, FuboTV, YouTube TV, Paramount Plus, Amazon Prime Video, and NFL Sunday Ticket. You can also watch local NFL games with an HDTV antenna.

The 2021 NFL regular season begins on September 9. During the regular season, Sunday afternoon games with an NFC home team will air on Fox, and Sunday afternoon games with an AFC home team will air on CBS.

Meanwhile, Sunday Night Football airs on NBC, and Thursday Night Football will broadcast on NFL Network all season long. Select Thursday Night Football games will also be shown on Fox and streamed via Amazon Prime and Twitch. Finally, Monday Night Football is on ESPN.

Additionally, you can stream all your local in-market games on your mobile device for free using the Yahoo Sports app or the NFL app.

Here’s a full roundup of all the services you can use to stream NFL games without cable.

HDTV Antenna

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You can purchase an antenna, like this 1 By One model, to add to your TV for about $24, giving you access to local channels within a certain distance. 

What you get:

Hooking up an HD antenna to your TV gives you access to local over-the-air (OTA) signals in your location. This means that you will be able to access the local affiliates of major broadcast networks, like Fox, CBS, and NBC.

This lets you watch all the regional games broadcast from wherever you’re located. You also get the Sunday Night Football matchup that airs on NBC. Because it’s only a one-time payment, this is a great option if you’re solely interested in watching the team in your area. However, you will not get access to any out-of-market games or games that air on ESPN or the NFL Network.


Sling TV

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If you’re looking for a live TV streaming service to watch football, Sling TV is a great budget option that gives you most of the channels you need at a cheaper price than Hulu or FuboTV.

There are three different plans, depending on what channels you prioritize. Sling Orange and Sling Blue each cost $35 a month, while the combined Sling Orange + Blue plan costs $50 per month. Additionally, you can purchase the Sports Extra package to add NFL RedZone to your plan for $11 per month.

What you get:

Sling Orange has ESPN, while Sling Blue has Fox and NBC in select markets as well as the NFL network. CBS is not currently offered by Sling. While there is a Sports Extra package, it does not include any channels that air live NFL games. 

Your best bet to get access to the most NFL games via Sling is to sign up for the Sling Orange + Blue plan and cash in on Sling’s current promotional offer of a free antenna for local channels. The free antenna requires that you prepay for two months of the Sling service. Plus, if you want RedZone you can add the Sports Extra package to the Orange + Blue Plan for a total of $61 a month.

If you don’t want it all, you can just sign up for Sling Blue to gain access to Sunday afternoon games on Fox and Sunday Night Football games on NBC, or just Sling Orange to gain access to Monday Night games on ESPN, in addition to the local offerings included with the antenna. As with all streaming services, game availability is subject to blackouts.

With Sling’s channel listings, add-ons, and the fact that they provide a free antenna, you can gain access to all local channels, the NFL Network, ESPN, and NFL RedZone, making it one of the most cost-effective ways to watch the NFL without cable. 


Hulu with Live TV

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In addition to all of its other offerings, Hulu + Live TV has nearly everything you need to stream NFL games for $65 per month. However, like Sling TV, there’s no option to add the NFL Network or NFL RedZone as a channel, which could be a deal-breaker if you’re hoping to watch and monitor action across the league.

What you get: 

Like an HD antenna, Hulu + Live TV gets you access to all the local affiliates of the major broadcasts, meaning Fox, CBS, and NBC. These will show the games that are within your regional broadcast map with the exception of any blackouts. In addition, you also get ESPN, which gives you access to all Monday Night Football games, and some of the best NFL coverage and analysis on TV. 

While you don’t get access to watch out-of-network games from across the country like you do with NFL RedZone or NFL Sunday Ticket, this is a comprehensive way to tune into most locally and nationally televised games. Hulu does not offer a way to watch the first three regular Thursday Night Football games, however, since those will be aired on NFL Network. 


FuboTV

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At $65 a month for the Starter Plan, FuboTV is one of the most comprehensive yet expensive live streaming options for NFL football. You can also spend an extra $11 per month to add the Sports Plus with NFL RedZone package.

What you get:

In terms of NFL games, the Starter Plan includes access to local CBS, NBC, and Fox stations (regional availability and blackout restrictions apply). FuboTV’s Starter Plan also grants you access to ESPN to watch Monday Night Football, and NFL Network to stream Thursday Night Football all season long. 


YouTube TV

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With a base price of $65 a month, YouTube TV is another service that offers access to most NFL games. Additionally, the service announced an agreement with the NFL to offer NFL Redzone as an add-on included in their Sports Plus package for an additional $11 a month. 

What you get:

Like other services at this price range, YouTube TV offers access to all the local channels you need to watch NFL games, including CBS, Fox, and NBC. YouTube TV also offers ESPN and NFL Network in their base package, so you’ll be able to watch all Monday Night Football and Thursday Night Football games. And with the news of the new Sports Plus package, you can also watch NFL Redzone for an additional $11 per month.


NFL Sunday Ticket

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NFL Sunday Ticket used to only be available with a cable subscription, but NFL fans in non-DirecTV markets anywhere in the country can now gain access to every Sunday afternoon game.

There are two separate plans available: The NFL Sunday Ticket To Go plan costs $73.49 per month for four months, which is $293.96 total. There is also the NFL Sunday Ticket Max plan for $99 per month for four months, adding up to $396 total.

What you get:

Both plans give you access to all out-of-market Sunday afternoon games. This means that you do not get access to Thursday, Sunday, or Monday night games. You also won’t be able to stream locally televised games with only an NFL Sunday Ticket subscription. However, this is the only way for people hoping to watch full live games of their favorite teams out of market. A fun feature included in both plans is that you can watch four games at once on your screen.

In addition to the normal features, NFL Sunday Ticket Max adds in NFL RedZone and the DirecTV Fantasy Zone, which is a new channel solely dedicated watching games through the lens of fantasy football. 


Paramount Plus

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If you’re just interested in watching locally televised AFC home games, then a Paramount Plus subscription could be all you need. The service lets you stream live CBS television, as well as a growing library of on-demand shows and exclusive titles. Paramount Plus is available for $5 a month with commercials or $10 a month with ad-free streaming. With that said, all live broadcasts, including NFL games, still feature commercials with the ad-free plan.

What you get:

Paramount Plus offers live streaming for every NFL game that airs on the regular CBS channel in your local market. However, since Paramount Plus only offers CBS content you won’t be able to watch any games that air on other networks or any out of market matches. You can see a full schedule of NFL games set to air on CBS here.

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Amazon Prime Video

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Though yon won’t get local channels, NFL Network, or in-depth analysis, Amazon Prime Video members can watch select Thursday Night Football games with their subscription for no additional cost. A standalone Amazon Prime Video membership costs $9 a month, and the service is included as part of an Amazon Prime subscription for $119 per year or $13 a month.

What you get:

Amazon Prime Video will stream 11 Thursday Night Football games starting week five of the season. These game will also be broadcast on NFL Network and Fox. Since Amazon won’t be streaming any additional games, Prime Video on its own is really only suitable for casual football fans who just want to stream a few games this season. 

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Yahoo Sports app and NFL app

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If you’re only interested in watching in-market games without cable or an antenna, then you can stream live local and primetime games on a mobile device using the Yahoo Sports or NFL app. Both options are free and each app is available on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. 

What you get:

These apps provide live streaming for regular season local and primetime games, playoffs, and the Super Bowl. With that said, you can only watch the games on a mobile device. You’ll also need to ensure that your location services are activated on your phone or tablet.

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The former Afghan women’s soccer team captain is telling female players to burn their uniforms and delete all evidence that they played sports

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Former Afghanistan women’s football captain Khalida Popal attends a training session in south London on March 30, 2018.

  • The former captain of the Afghan women’s soccer team is urging her teammates to burn their kits.
  • She also advised them to delete their photos to protect themselves from the Taliban.
  • Popal herself was forced to seek asylum in Denmark in 2016, after she received death threats in her role as director of the country’s football association.
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The former captain of Afghanistan’s women’s national soccer team is urging female players to protect themselves by burning their uniforms and wiping their social media of traces that they ever played sports.

“Today I’m calling them and telling them, take down their names, remove their identities, take down their photos for their safety. Even I’m telling them to burn down or get rid of your national team uniform,” Khalida Popal told Reuters in a video interview on August 18.

Popal added that she had always advocated for young women to stand strong and be visible. But now, she wants female sports players to stay safe by erasing their online history and flying under the radar.

“That is painful for me, for someone as an activist who stood up and did everything possible to achieve and earn that identity as a women’s national team player,” Popal told Reuters.

“To earn that badge on the chest, to have the right to play and represent our country, how much we were proud,” she added.

Outspoken women and activists in Afghanistan are looking toward a grim future

But the joy did not last long. Popal received death threats for speaking about the Taliban on national television in her role as the event director of the country’s women’s football association. She fled Afghanistan and sought asylum in Denmark in 2016.

“I say to every woman to stay strong. Together, women are capable of so many things,” said Popal to the AFP in an interview back in 2018. “Men believe us playing football is against their honor and women should stay in the kitchen and do dishwashing.”

She added that she and her friends had been called prostitutes for participating in sports, and recounted how she encouraged women to fight back against oppression.

“(Women) are like a hand. If we are standing up as an individual, as in one finger, it is not strong enough. If it is two fingers, it is not strong enough,” she told the AFP. “We have to be together like a punch. And if anyone stands in our way, to be like a punch in their face.”

Female activists stuck in Afghanistan now fear for their lives under Taliban rule. Zarifa Ghafari, a 27-year-old female mayor and women’s rights activist, told the UK media outlet iNews this week that the Taliban “will come for people like me and kill me.”

A total of 46 senators are now urging the Biden administration to create a separate visa pathway for Afghan activists and women leaders to escape the country, saying they face “unparalleled danger.”

Women’s rights and freedoms were severely restricted when the Taliban was last in control of Afghanistan in 2001. Under its strict form of Sharia law, women were made to wear head-to-toe coverings and not allowed to leave the house unless a male relative accompanied them, per a 2001 US State Department report.

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Youth sports referees are quitting in droves due to a toxic combination of abuse from coaches and parents, low salaries, and COVID-19

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Referees are leaving youth sports in droves.

  • The pandemic, low pay, and abuse has triggered an exodus of referees from youth sports.
  • The loss of hundreds of referees each season could lead to game cancellations and delays.
  • Inexperienced referees charged with officiating fast-paced games could endanger players.
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From a brawl breaking out at a youth baseball game to a furious coach screaming at and shoving an umpire, youth sports officials have had to deal with chaos on and off the field, on top of low pay for years.

But combined with the pandemic, referees are leaving youth sports at such a quick pace that it could lead to a disastrous shortage of officials this coming fall.

“There were so many referees quitting at an alarming rate before corona. With corona on top of it all, it’s an epidemic of referee shortages,” Brian Barlow, a soccer referee for 14 years and creator of Offside, a Facebook page that shames unruly parents, spectators, and coaches at games and advocates for respectful treatment of referees.

Seventy percent of referees quit within three years of starting, according to The New York Times, and 57% of referees surveyed thought sportsmanship was getting worse, with respondents saying that parents, coaches, and fans set off the biggest problems.

“A lot of referees in their first year quit because the parents, the coaches and the players are so hateful and say such awful things. They don’t want the 40 bucks they’re paid. If there’s that much mental abuse, they don’t want it. They’re leaving.” Barlow said. Referee numbers in soccer have dropped continuously for years, with Illinois losing 11% of high school referees in the 2018-2019 soccer season even as the number of young soccer players increases.

Peter Makeover, the CEO of Payball, an app for paying officials, coaches and event staff, said referees rarely earn a living from officiating, and most become officials to to earn extra money and stay connected to the game they love.

“But when they don’t get that sense of connection, it simply isn’t worth their time,” he said.

The pandemic has also pushed a growing number referees out, with officials leaving out of fear of getting sick and others quitting over disagreements about masking requirements. The pandemic halted games in some sports for months, which sparked other referees to realize that the industry wasn’t for them, Barlow said.

“A lot of them use it [the pandemic] as an excuse to not referee anymore. They’re already getting burnt out. Then you realize ‘it’s nice not having people yell at me, judging me, and threatening me.'”

Barlow said the drop in referees is already having a negative effect, as games are getting cancelled and fewer referees officiate each game.

A decline in the number of referees could be especially damaging in contact sports like football, where the shortage has already resulted in inexperienced officials being promoted to work fast-paced varsity-level games, where a green official might struggle to signal penalties that could cause injuries for players, the Chicago Tribune reported.

“You have to get those fouls,” Laurie Jordan of the Inter-Athletic Council of Officials, told the Chicago Tribune. “We don’t want any players hurt or knocked out of the game. We don’t want the possibility of concussions. When the game moves that much faster, the officials have to move that much faster, and it becomes very difficult.”

Sports organizations and administrators have to hold coaches and parents accountable for their behavior and pay referees more if they want to have enough people to officiate their games, Makeover said.

But despite the looming fall season, there hasn’t been a systematic effort to pay referees better or reduce the amount of physical and verbal abuse officials are subjected to, beyond isolated efforts in certain club teams or school districts.

“We’ve made it OK to treat officials who do a hard job like shit,” Barlow said.

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Prime Video lets you stream original movies, shows, and Thursday Night Football games – plans start at $9 a month

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  • Prime Video – Amazon’s on-demand streaming service – features thousands of movies and TV shows.
  • The service is included with a Prime membership for $13 a month or $119 a year.
  • Watch even more content by adding Prime Video Channels, like Showtime and Cinemax.

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The perks of an Amazon Prime membership seem so numerous that most of its 140-million-and-counting US subscribers are probably only using a fraction of them. You can use it for groceries with AmazonFresh, take advantage of free two-day shipping on tons of products, and get exclusive deals during Amazon’s annual Prime Day sale.

But, if you want to catch a new film or TV show, one of the best membership perks is definitely Amazon’s streaming service: Prime Video.

Prime Video features thousands of popular shows and movies, including original films like “Coming 2 America” and “The Tomorrow War,” as well as exclusive shows like “The Boys.”

In addition to its large library of on-demand content, Prime Video includes Prime Video Channels. This feature lets you add streaming access to other networks and services for an extra monthly fee. Prime Video also offers a selection of live sports, including the NFL’s “Thursday Night Football”.

If you’re looking for a way to get the most out of your Amazon Prime membership, here’s how you can start watching Prime Video today.

What is Prime Video?

Prime Video is an on-demand streaming service that’s included in your Amazon Prime membership. If you don’t have Amazon Prime, you can also sign up for Prime Video on its own.

You can watch thousands of titles on Prime Video, including many award-winning movies, original programs, and critically acclaimed original TV series.

The streaming service has roughly 24,000 movies and over 2,100 shows to choose from. You can also rent or buy additional movies and TV episodes not included with your subscription, and add over 100 premium channels with Prime Video Channels.

How much does Prime Video cost?

Prime Video is included with an Amazon Prime membership for $13 a month or $119 a year. If you’re not interested in any of Amazon Prime’s other perks, you can sign up for Prime Video on its own for $9 a month.

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Students at US colleges and universities can save 50% and pay just $6.49 a month for Amazon Prime thanks to Prime Student.

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EBT and Medicaid cardholders can qualify to receive a discounted Amazon Prime rate of $6 a month.

Can I try Prime Video for free?

New members can get a free trial of Amazon Prime – which includes Prime Video – for 30 days. That’s one of the longest free trial periods you can get for any streaming service. College students get an even longer trial and can claim six months of the service for free.

After the trial period, you can continue paying the regular rate or cancel your plan. You’ll need to cancel your subscription before the end of the trial in order to avoid paying for your next month.

What devices can I use to watch Prime Video?

You can watch Prime Video on your web browser, iOS and Android devices, and more. Here’s a list of devices compatible with Prime Video:

  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Safari
  • Opera
  • Android
  • iOs (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)
  • Chromecast
  • Roku
  • Comcast X1
  • Cox Contour
  • Dish Network
  • Nvidia Shield
  • Oculus
  • TiVo
  • Apple TVs
  • Sony smart TVs
  • Samsung smart TVs
  • Panasonic smart TVs
  • LG smart TVs
  • Vizio smart TVs
  • Hisense smart TVs
  • Philips smart TVs
  • Sharp smart TVs
  • JVC smart TVs
  • TCL smart TVs
  • Konka smart TVs
  • Insignia smart TVs
  • Skyworth smart TVs
  • Haier smart TVs
  • Amazon Fire TVs
  • Amazon Fire Tablet
  • Amazon Echo
  • PlayStation consoles (3, 4, and 5)
  • Microsoft Xbox Series (Series X, Series S, One, 360)
  • Blu-ray players (LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony)

How does Prime Video compare to other streaming services?

Prime Video‘s cost falls somewhere in the middle of the pack compared to other popular streaming services, like HBO Max ($15 a month) and Peacock (as low as $5 a month). Its standalone price is essentially the same as a basic Netflix plan ($9 a month), although that Netflix option is limited to standard definition while Prime Video offers up to 4K streaming at no extra cost.

Unlike competitors’ streaming services, Prime Video is the only one you can get as part of an Amazon Prime membership. If you frequently have Amazon items shipped to your home or want free delivery on grocery orders over $50, the addition of Amazon Prime for $4 more a month is a no brainer.

Does Prime Video support 4K and HDR?

Prime Video supports a number of advanced video and audio formats, including high dynamic range (HDR), 4K Ultra HD, and Dolby Atmos.

All HDR titles use the HDR10 and HDR10+ formats. Another HDR format, Dolby Vision, is also supported on a select number of titles.

When it comes to advanced audio, Prime Video supports Dolby Atmos on some shows and movies, but the selection is nowhere near as big as it is on Netflix or Disney Plus. The info page for each title typically reveals whether it supports audio formats like Dolby Atmos.

You should check your devices first to see if your video and audio gear will play Prime Video content in these advanced formats.

What shows and movies are on Prime Video?

Prime Video has a wide range of series and films. This includes a number of exclusive 2021 Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated movies like “Sound of Metal” and “One Night In Miami…,” as well as new releases such as the Amazon original “The Tomorrow War.”

The service isn’t short of shows, either, including popular originals like “The Boys” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Prime Video also features children’s shows like “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie” based on the book of the same name.

Outside of original content, the streaming service includes a rotating library of hits from the past – like “Gladiator” and “Back to the Future” – along with the option to pay extra for Prime Video “cinema” releases that are still playing in theaters.

The streaming service is also making ground in the sports market. In March, the National Football League announced a 10-year deal that gives Prime Video the exclusive rights to air its “Thursday Night Football” games starting in 2022.

What does Amazon’s purchase of MGM mean for Prime Video?

Amazon struck an $8.45 billion deal to acquire MGM in May 2021. The deal could have a big impact on what Prime Video subscribers get to watch.

MGM is home to a number of popular franchises including Rocky, James Bond, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Real Housewives,” and more. In total, the studio has made over 4,000 films and 17,000 TV shows, according to a press release.

Many existing MGM titles and new entries in the studio’s franchises could now become a part of Prime Video’s library. But, it’s not as straightforward as all MGM titles leaving other streaming services to head to Amazon.

For instance, WarnerMedia and Turner Broadcasting have a hold on the subscription streaming rights to MGM’s “The Wizard of Oz,” “Gone with the Wind,” “Singin’ in the Rain” and all movies before 1986. Some of these titles are already available to watch on Amazon, but only if you pay extra to rent or buy them. If Amazon wants these films included with Prime Video, it will have to make a separate deal.

It’s also unclear when MGM titles will make their way to Prime Video. As one Citigroup analyst told Barron’s, the titles would “likely” move to the streaming service “over time.” There are also other parties that still have input concerning future MGM releases, such as Eon Productions’ creative control over decisions regarding future James Bond titles.

Upcoming movies that have already been announced for other streaming services, like “No Time to Die” and “Creed III,” should still make their way to Epix and Paramount Plus first thanks to existing deals.

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How to watch the NFL without cable – the 2021 preseason starts tonight with the Cowboys vs. Steelers

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The 2021 NFL preseason begins on August 5.

  • The 2021 NFL preseason begins tonight with the Hall of Fame Game on Fox.
  • Regular season games are spread across several channels, including ESPN, NBC, Fox, CBS, and NFL Network.
  • HD antennas and streaming services offer select NFL games without the need for a cable subscription.

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The 2021 NFL preseason will begin with the Hall of Fame Game between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers tonight on Fox. The game is a part of the NFL’s Hall of Fame weekend, which will continue with coverage of the induction ceremonies for the NFL’s 2020 and 2021 hall of fame classes.

Throughout the season, NFL games will be spread across five primary networks: ESPN, NBC, Fox, CBS, and the NFL Network. Meanwhile, the next Super Bowl will be broadcast on NBC.

To help ensure you get access to the Hall of Fame Game, preseason, and any other games you’d like to watch, we’ve broken down the ins and outs of watching the NFL season without a cable subscription.

How to watch the Hall of Fame Game and induction ceremonies

The 2021 NFL preseason will begin with the Cowboys playing the Steelers in the annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, on August 5. The game kicks off at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

If you don’t have a pay-TV provider or antenna to watch your local Fox affiliate, you can use an online streaming service like Hulu Live TV, FuboTV, YouTube TV, or Sling TV.

Hulu Live TV and FuboTV offer free seven-day trials for new members, so you can check out the Hall of Fame Game and cancel if you don’t like the service. Meanwhile, you can get your first month of Sling’s Blue plan with Fox for just $10.

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After the game between the Cowboys and Steelers, the NFL will spend the weekend celebrating its new hall of fame inductees. On August 7, the NFL Network will air the class of 2020 hall of fame enshrinement ceremony starting at 5:30 p.m. ET. The 2021 induction ceremony will follow on August 8 at 6 p.m. ET on NFL Network.

NFL Hall of Fame weekend schedule

Event Date and Time Channel
Dallas Cowboys at Pittsburgh Steelers August 5, 8 p.m. ET Fox
Class of 2020 Hall of Fame induction ceremony August 7, 5:30 p.m. ET NFL Network
Class of 2021 Hall of Fame induction ceremony August 8, 6 p.m. ET NFL Network

How to watch NFL games without cable

You can access select NFL games without a cable subscription via streaming services like Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, FuboTV, YouTube TV, Paramount Plus, Amazon Prime Video, and NFL Sunday Ticket. You can also watch local NFL games with an HDTV antenna.

The 2021 NFL regular season begins on September 9. During the regular season, Sunday afternoon games with an NFC home team will air on Fox, and Sunday afternoon games with an AFC home team will air on CBS. Meanwhile, Sunday Night Football airs on NBC, and Thursday Night Football will broadcast on NFL Network all season long. Select Thursday Night Football games will also be shown on Fox and streamed via Amazon Prime and Twitch. Finally, Monday Night Football is on ESPN.

Additionally, you can stream all your local in-market games on your mobile device for free using the Yahoo Sports app or the NFL app.

Here’s a full roundup of all the services you can use to stream NFL games without cable.

HDTV Antenna

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You can purchase an antenna, like this 1 By One model, to add to your TV for about $24, giving you access to local channels within a certain distance. 

What you get:

Hooking up an HD antenna to your TV gives you access to local over-the-air (OTA) signals in your location. This means that you will be able to access the local affiliates of major broadcast networks, like Fox, CBS, and NBC.

This lets you watch all the regional games broadcast from wherever you’re located. You also get the Sunday Night Football matchup that airs on NBC. Because it’s only a one-time payment, this is a great option if you’re solely interested in watching the team in your area. However, you will not get access to any out-of-market games or games that air on ESPN or the NFL Network.

Sling TV

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If you’re looking for a live TV streaming service to watch football, Sling TV is a great budget option that gives you most of the channels you need at a cheaper price than Hulu or FuboTV.

There are three different plans, depending on what channels you prioritize. Sling Orange and Sling Blue each cost $35 a month, while the combined Sling Orange + Blue plan costs $50 per month. Additionally, you can purchase the Sports Extra package to add NFL RedZone to your plan for $11 per month.

What you get:

Sling Orange has ESPN, while Sling Blue has Fox and NBC in select markets as well as the NFL network. CBS is not currently offered by Sling. While there is a Sports Extra package, it does not include any channels that air live NFL games. 

Your best bet to get access to the most NFL games via Sling is to sign up for the Sling Orange + Blue plan and cash in on Sling’s current promotional offer of a free antenna for local channels. The free antenna requires that you prepay for two months of the Sling service. Plus, if you want RedZone you can add the Sports Extra package to the Orange + Blue Plan for a total of $61 a month.

If you don’t want it all, you can just sign up for Sling Blue to gain access to Sunday afternoon games on Fox and Sunday Night Football games on NBC, or just Sling Orange to gain access to Monday Night games on ESPN, in addition to the local offerings included with the antenna. As with all streaming services, game availability is subject to blackouts.

With Sling’s channel listings, add-ons, and the fact that they provide a free antenna, you can gain access to all local channels, the NFL Network, ESPN, and NFL RedZone, making it one of the most cost-effective ways to watch the NFL without cable. 

Hulu with Live TV

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In addition to all of its other offerings, Hulu + Live TV has nearly everything you need to stream NFL games for $65 per month. However, like Sling TV, there’s no option to add the NFL Network or NFL RedZone as a channel, which could be a deal-breaker if you’re hoping to watch and monitor action across the league.

What you get: 

Like an HD antenna, Hulu + Live TV gets you access to all the local affiliates of the major broadcasts, meaning Fox, CBS, and NBC. These will show the games that are within your regional broadcast map with the exception of any blackouts. In addition, you also get ESPN, which gives you access to all Monday Night Football games, and some of the best NFL coverage and analysis on TV. 

While you don’t get access to watch out-of-network games from across the country like you do with NFL RedZone or NFL Sunday Ticket, this is a comprehensive way to tune into most locally and nationally televised games. Hulu does not offer a way to watch the first three regular Thursday Night Football games, however, since those will be aired on NFL Network. 

FuboTV

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At $65 a month for the Starter Plan, FuboTV is one of the most comprehensive yet expensive live streaming options for NFL football. You can also spend an extra $11 per month to add the Sports Plus with NFL RedZone package.

What you get:

In terms of NFL games, the Starter Plan includes access to local CBS, NBC, and Fox stations (regional availability and blackout restrictions apply). FuboTV’s Starter Plan also grants you access to ESPN to watch Monday Night Football, and NFL Network to stream Thursday Night Football all season long. 

YouTube TV

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With a base price of $65 a month, YouTube TV is another service that offers access to most NFL games. Additionally, the service announced an agreement with the NFL to offer NFL Redzone as an add-on included in their Sports Plus package for an additional $11 a month. 

What you get:

Like other services at this price range, YouTube TV offers access to all the local channels you need to watch NFL games, including CBS, Fox, and NBC. YouTube TV also offers ESPN and NFL Network in their base package, so you’ll be able to watch all Monday Night Football and Thursday Night Football games. And with the news of the new Sports Plus package, you can also watch NFL Redzone for an additional $11 per month.

NFL Sunday Ticket

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NFL Sunday Ticket used to only be available with a cable subscription, but NFL fans in non-DirecTV markets anywhere in the country can now gain access to every Sunday afternoon game.

There are two separate plans available: The NFL Sunday Ticket To Go plan costs $73.49 per month for four months, which is $293.96 total. There is also the NFL Sunday Ticket Max plan for $99 per month for four months, adding up to $396 total.

What you get:

Both plans give you access to all out-of-market Sunday afternoon games. This means that you do not get access to Thursday, Sunday, or Monday night games. You also won’t be able to stream locally televised games with only an NFL Sunday Ticket subscription. However, this is the only way for people hoping to watch full live games of their favorite teams out of market. A fun feature included in both plans is that you can watch four games at once on your screen.

In addition to the normal features, NFL Sunday Ticket Max adds in NFL RedZone and the DirecTV Fantasy Zone, which is a new channel solely dedicated watching games through the lens of fantasy football. 

Paramount Plus

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If you’re just interested in watching locally televised AFC home games, then a Paramount Plus subscription could be all you need. The service lets you stream live CBS television, as well as a growing library of on-demand shows and exclusive titles. Paramount Plus is available for $5 a month with commercials or $10 a month with ad-free streaming. With that said, all live broadcasts, including NFL games, still feature commercials with the ad-free plan.

What you get:

Paramount Plus offers live streaming for every NFL game that airs on the regular CBS channel in your local market. However, since Paramount Plus only offers CBS content you won’t be able to watch any games that air on other networks or any out of market matches. You can see a full schedule of NFL games set to air on CBS here.

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Amazon Prime Video

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Though yon won’t get local channels, NFL Network, or in-depth analysis, Amazon Prime Video members can watch select Thursday Night Football games with their subscription for no additional cost. A standalone Amazon Prime Video membership costs $9 a month, and the service is included as part of an Amazon Prime subscription for $119 per year or $13 a month.

What you get:

Amazon Prime Video will stream 11 Thursday Night Football games starting week five of the season. These game will also be broadcast on NFL Network and Fox. Since Amazon won’t be streaming any additional games, Prime Video on its own is really only suitable for casual football fans who just want to stream a few games this season. 

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Yahoo Sports app and NFL app

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If you’re only interested in watching in-market games without cable or an antenna, then you can stream live local and primetime games on a mobile device using the Yahoo Sports or NFL app. Both options are free and each app is available on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. 

What you get:

These apps provide live streaming for regular season local and primetime games, playoffs, and the Super Bowl. With that said, you can only watch the games on a mobile device. You’ll also need to ensure that your location services are activated on your phone or tablet.

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