Plenty of Sports to Watch During the Summer
Feel like your sports watching goes into hibernation after the Super Bowl? Unbelievably, there is life post-season. Why not take on a new sport? There are plenty of sports to watch throughout summer, and you can start right now because the 2015 sports viewing season is in full swing. In fact, the sport of horse racing may have a new Triple Crown winner at the Belmont Stakes race by the sensational horse named American Pharaoh this weekend. The Sports Techie community blog breaks it all down for you all in case you are watching on cable television, a second screen, an OTT device or by on-demand technology.
NHL and Basketball Playoffs are Happening Now
The NHL playoffs are in full swing with plenty of hard hits and supercharged games. 2015 has proven to be an exciting year for the NHL with many playoff series going the full seven games. There has even been some double and triple overtime thrillers.
The Stanley Cup Finals begin today on NBC, CBC and TVA Sports and you do not need to have an NHL package to watch if you have an antennae. If the preliminary series are any indication, the finals should be high scoring and action packed between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lighting.
If the NBA is more your thing, their playoffs are also in full tilt mode. There have been plenty of buzzer beater finishes and instant replay aided calls by the refs to keep things exciting. Will LeBron James add another NBA Championship to his growing legacy with his original team the Cleveland Cavaliers or will the Golden State Warriors led by league MVP Stephen Curry be the newest champions. The 2105 NBA Finals are can’t miss summer sport action beginning June 4 and viewable via NBA TV on digital devices or ABC on TV.
Kick Up Some Excitement with Soccer
Nothing polarizes people like World Cup soccer. College football fans have nothing on the fans cheering for their countries in the World Cup. The best part is you can watch it from the air-conditioned comfort of your living room mancave.
If you don’t want to miss a moment of the action, many cable providers offer viewing packages that allow you to see every minute of every game. With controversy and criminal charges looming against President Sepp Blatter this year in the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) this year’s women’s World Cup in Canada should exhibit extreme emotions by players and fans alike. After the World Cup, if you want more soccer, don’t worry, there is still plenty to watch in the outdoor season.
On June 6, the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League final pits Juventus against FC Barcelona at Berlin’s Olympiastadion. Fans throughout Europe and the rest of the world are sure to be glued to TV sets, smartphones and tablets in order watch the breathtaking 90 minutes of championship football.
Juve vs Barca: Live Streaming and TV Coverage
Quench Your Need for Speed
You want speed, and NASCAR, Indy Car and Formula 1 have plenty of speed for you.
NASCAR is the biggest sport in the United States, and it provides you with three race series to choose from, Camping World Truck Series, Xfinity Series and Sprint Cup Series. Running from February through November, you have plenty of excitement to heat up your summer a little more. Indy Car has the Indianapolis 500, always a classic. Driver Juan Pablo Montoya won the 99th running of this American icon last weekend. Formula 1 takes you on a world tour of some of the biggest cities.
Big names, fast cars and plenty of high-speed crashes will keep you on the edge of your seat as you cheer for favorite driver(s). You’ll even see the occasional boxing match on pit road following a heated finish.
Baseball: The Great American Summer Pastime
You can’t reference summer sports and leave out baseball. With your favorite team playing 162 games in the regular season, you may find it to be a daunting task to catch all the games. Now imagine the MLB subscription available from cable providers or the MLBAM At Bat app and you may never sleep during the summer because games air all the time or on demand. Even without a subscription package, you have multiple games to choose from every day on the regional and local channels.
Golf Airs all Summer Long
The PGA Tour has been full of excitement so far. With young players winning some big events and past champions not faring so well, it definitely looks as if the youth movement is on this year with Rory McIIroy, Jordan Spieth and Ricky Fowler winning recently. Tiger Woods is no longer the number one player in the world, and the new kids want his spot. Watch them battle it out on a dedicated golf channel, or on ESPN. The 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay in Washington State should be a dandy, look out for southern charmer Bubba Watson to be ready to win.
The LPGA and the European Tour are other professional golf circuits golfers might find exciting to engage with.
Triple Crown History
The last leg of the Triple Crown at Belmont Park can be viewed on NBC and Live Extra if you want to see real-time history in the making by American Pharaoh as he attempts to become the first thoroughbred horse since Affirmed in 1978 to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes trifecta. His 3-5 odds are relatively good for trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Victor Espinosa to pull of this epic 1.5 mile winner.
Sports Techie, don’t let the dog days of summer get you down. There are plenty of sports to keep your heart rate up all summer long and your cable provider will be happy to provide you with a package to watch it all. Click here for all the details.
If you really want to add to your summer fun, play a daily fantasy sports game as you watch most any match or competition.
Whether you use cable, the Internet or cut the cord, tech options galore like satellite and DIRECTV are available for summertime viewing of sports events, games and races wherever you are.
See y’all later in Seattle, Atlanta and around the world.
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