Many think the sports viewing experience is lacking for cord-cutters who ditch their cable subscription. I don’t see it this way. I find more value watching sports now than I did when I subscribed to cable TV.
I can have live access to every out of market NFL, NHL, MLB, and NBA game and still save compared to the average cable TV subscription. This article covers which Live TV streaming service has the best channel lineup for sports. We will look at where services like Hulu Live TV, YouTube TV, FuboTV, AT&T TV Now, and Sling shine and where they fail.
If you are looking for information on watching a particular sport or channel, I recommend reading the relevant article in the list below.
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- Watch NHL without Cable
- Watch NBA 2020 Season Restart
- Watching College Football without Cable
- Watching College Basketball without Cable
- Watching UFC Online
- Watching NASCAR without Cable
- Watching The PGA Tour without Cable
- How To Get Around Sports TV Black-Out
Best TV Streaming Services for Sports
Most sports channels you will find on cable are available on live streaming services like Hulu Live TV, YouTube TV, FuboTV, AT&T TV Now, and Sling. When it comes to the best live TV streaming service for sports, you want to look for the one that meets the following requirements:
- Do they carry my local broadcast channels? This is important as a lot of live sports air on CBS, FOX, ABC, and NBC.
- Do they carry your regional sports network? This is a must-have for many sports fans
- Do they carry national sports and college sports channels like ESPNU, Fox Sports College, ACC Network, etc?
Hulu Live TV and YouTube TV are easily your best options if you want the most sports channels and the best chance of getting your local Fox or NBC regional sports networks (RSNs). AT&T TV Now is also great for RSNs, but they are only available on the AT&T TV Now “Max” plan at $80 per month. There is a channel chart below covering all sports channels and the streaming services that offer them. But first, let’s take at some of the best live TV streaming services for sports.
Sports on Hulu Live TV
Cost: $54.99 per month (try Hulu Live TV)
Local Channels: Hulu offers live FOX, CBS, ABC, and NBC in nearly all US markets. It’s tied with YouTube TV for local channel coverage. You can check your zip code with Hulu to see which local channels are available in your area.
Regional Sports Networks: Carries the NBC and Fox Regional Sports networks nationwide. It’s also the most affordable choice for Yes Network, Marque Sports Network, and SportsTime Ohio ( the other option is AT&T TV Now at $80 per month.) The page where you can check your zip code with Hulu will also show you which RSNs are offered in your area.
Where Hulu Comes up Short: Hulu is missing the pro sports channels like MLB TV, NBA TV, NHL TV, and NFL network. Hulu also doesn’t carry Fox College Sports channel or the Pac-12 Network.
Check out our Detailed Guide to Hulu for more information on their service.
Sports on YouTube TV
Local Channels: Also at the top with Hulu + Live TV on local channel coverage. You can check your Zip Code on Youtube TVs Website to see which channels are available in your area.
Regional Sports: Carries the NBC and Fox RSNs except for Fox Sports Prime Ticket, Fox Sports West, and SportsTime Ohio. However, YouTube TV does carry NESN
Major Cable Sports Channels: YouTube TV provides access to ESPN2, FS1, FS2, TBS, TNT, NBCSN, MLB Network, NBA TV, and more. YouTube also carries the Tennis channels in its standard channel plan.
Where YouTube TV Comes up Short: YTTV is missing a few big Fox RSNs. Like Hulu, they are also missing Pac-12 and Fox college sports. You also won’t find NFL Network and NHL Network on YouTube TV.
Check out our Detailed Guide to YouTube TV for more information on their service.
Sports on AT&T TV Now
Cost: $80 per month for their “Max” package, which you will need for regional sports and more niche sports channels. You can sign up for their service at AT&T TV Now’s Website
Local Channels: Comes in third behind Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV for local channel coverage.
Regional Sports: AT&T TV Now is the only service to carry Spectrum SportsNet and Spectrum SportsNet LA. They also carry most of the NBC and FOX RSNs
Major Cable Sports Channels: AT&T TV Now provides access to ESPN2, FS1, FS2, TBS, TNT, NBCSN, and more. Most of those are available in their more affordable “Plus” packages at $55 per month. However, you will lose out on Regional Sports and many other sports networks.
Where AT&T TV Now Comes up Short: The most significant mark against AT&T TV Now is the expense. While it’s on par or maybe even slightly better depending on where you live, it’s considerably more expensive to get a decent sports channel lineup from AT&T TV Now. Like Hulu, they are also missing Pac-12, Fox college sports, MLB TV, NBA TV, NHL TV, and NFL network.
Check out our Detailed Guide to AT&T TV Now for more information on their service.
Sports on Fubo TV
Cost: Starts at $54.99 per month. Try a free trial to FuboTV
Local Channels: Has decent nationwide coverage for CBS, Fox, and NBC, but they do not carry ABC.
Regional Sports: FuboTV has the NBC RSNs but not Fox RSNs. However, they are the only network to carry AT&T SportsNet Southwest. They are also the most affordable way to watch MSG Network
Major Cable Sports Channels: FuboTV Does a great job of filling some holes left by the big-name providers. For $54.99 per month, they provide access to CSN, NBCSN, FS1, FS2, NBA TV, NFL Network, MLB Network, beIN Sports, Big Ten Network (BTN), Fox Soccer Plus, Golf Channel, Olympic Channel, Eleven Sports and more.
Where FuboTV Now Comes up Short: FuboTV does not carry ESPN or other ESPN channels like SEC Network. Here is the reason FuboTV doesn’t carry ESPN for those curious. They are also missing Fox RSNs and ACC network.
Check out our Detailed Guide to FuboTV for more information on their service.
Sports on Sling TV
Cost: Starts at $30, but will need to pay a minimum of $45 for both Sling Blue and Orange to cover your basic sports channels. They offer a 3-Day Free Trial, but there is a trick to get a Sling 7-day free trial.
Local Channels: Sling only carries NBC and Fox in major markets.
Regional Sports: Sling only offers a handful of NBC regional sports networks
Major Cable Sports Channels: You can get ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, NBC Sports Network, TBS, and TNT if you subscribe to both the Sling Blue and Orange plan at a price of $45 per month. To have FS2 will require a $10 per month Sports Extra add-on package.
Where Sling Comes up Short: Sling isn’t likely the last network you’d chose for sports. However, they do offer a lot of different channel options, so they may be worth a look if you are only interested in specific sports channels.
Check out our Detailed Guide to Sling for more information on their service.
Sports Channel Comparison Chart
Below are the charts I promised to do a side by side comparison of each streaming service and the sports networks they carry. Since local channels vary from place to place, you will not find a chart below. However, as I explain in our guide to watching local broadcast networks online, Hulu Live TV and YouTube TV are your best options for local channels. That guide is worth a read as there are free ways to watch your local networks.
Regional Sports Networks
For a good comparison of the various live streaming services including their sports content, you can check out our comparison of live streaming services after reading this guide.
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