I got an email this morning from reader Jeff Weissman in response to today’s column on why I’m done with traditional TV:
Nice read in the Seattle Times today. Question. I am a sports fan, big. I like College football & College Basketball, mostly. How do I “uncouple” like you have done and still be current?
My immediate response: I’m not a sports fan. I have no idea. But I’ll throw the question out there, because, hey – someone’s got to have it figured out, right?
I hear about sports channels streaming and leagues finding new ways to get live coverage to fans on tablets and smartphones. But I’ve never tried any of it myself.
So help Jeff out: Those of you who love sports and the convenience of non-traditional online “TV” viewing, have you figured out how to watch sports without subscribing to broadcast or cable?
I’m hearing some skepticism. “The only reason I have cable is so I can watch live sports,” wrote one reader on Facebook. “Hard to find a lot of those games online. He usually finds them, but they’re not the best quality,” wrote another, in reference to her sports fan husband.
Then there was this:
— Curt Woodward (@curtwoodward) April 14, 2013
So: What’s the verdict, sports fans? Doable or not?
Update: Heard some good feedback this afternoon on this. The answer seems complicated. Some sports fans go sans TV or cable but rely on radio and social media. Others stream games, but run into blocks on those played by their local teams (I heard of at least one online workaround to that. Not exactly an honest one). Overall there’s a sense that it’s possible, but not in high quality and with one or two tricks thrown in. If you do get unlimited access to high quality streamed local games for free, for certain big ticket sports, you probably did something sneaky.
The Masters streamed online today. So it’s really about what sport you want to follow as much as anything else.