The only sport I’m really fussed about watching is American football.
The NFL make is relatively simple to watch in the UK with an NFL Gamepass subscription, it’s about £120 for the year and means you can essentially watch all but two games a week live (the two games that are shown on Sky) and everything in catchup, as well as a huge archive, live NFL Network channel, NFL Films productions etc.
I wouldn’t begrudge it except it’s just shit and badly done, picture quality is inconsistent, it always seems to fall over at key moments like the first game of the season etc. Ultimately I could probably access the same stuff via hooky streams, but I pay for the convenience and the catch up is useful (so I can watch the Sunday night games on Monday morning etc).
One of my main problems with football on TV at the minute is the presenters. I hate Robbie Savage, Steve McManaman, Danny Murphy, Alan Shearer and a host of others. Most of all I cannot abide Martin Tyler for any length of time. I will go as far as to watch with foreign commentary or on mute if I can’t find an alternative. (Can’t really comment on Souness and the like because Tyler keeps me away from their coverage)
If they freshened up their pundits and commentators and showed the 3pm games then I’d definitely pay.
I watch some Tennis on Amazon Prime but that’s just a nice addition and don’t have Prime solely for that.
Don’t pay for any other subscriptions but would be tempted if there was a build your own package type deal which was fairly priced.
I used to be a huge football fan and would watch pretty much every live Premier League game on Sky when I was growing up at home, but can’t justify the price now so rarely watch any games other than the finals that might be shown BBC1/ITV.
Mentioned in the Euros threads but does kind of baffle me how difficult and expensive it is to just watch football (soccer), there is about zero prospect of me becoming a fan of club football because I’m never going to pre-emptively pay for access to follow a team. And I could go see my new local club but they’re League One, would their away matches be televised at all? Are they shown online?
there’s a service called ifollow that provides lower league coverage at a tenner a game, they’ve stopped showing 3pm saturday games again now though (but you can still watch them from overseas or using a VPN)
Makes some sense, but as a potential, casual fan it’s also incredibly off-putting. I could maybe go to a few live games a season, but the rest of the time I’m meant to listen on radio? Follow tweet updates? Read a match report in a paper the day after? It’s pretty Victorian, isn’t it.