Winter is coming, and that can only mean one thing, it is time for basketball. But if you’re like Senator John McCain and think cable bills and premium sports packages are just too damn high, you need places that will offer free, albeit blurry, access to Kobe and LeBron. You could head to a sport’s bar, but then you would have to put pants on, or you could find a rich friend with a big TV, but then you would have to talk to someone enough to get invited to their house. Basketball season is already up and running so you need something immediate and free. Below is a list of websites that stream live sports games at no charge to you the consumer. Though these sites seem like the best thing to grace the internet since the Yankee Candle guy, there are a few caveats.
First, the quality on these videos isn’t going to be good. It will be watchable, you will be able to see generally what is happening but if you’re not paying for it, don’t expect a sparkling picture and sound. For the most part it is enough to get by but if you can’t handle when things freeze or become impossible to see for a few seconds then just pay for cable.
Next, these sites aren’t what you would call exactly legal. They are not technically illegal but they are a bit questionable. This doesn’t mean that the FBI can track you down for using one but if the idea of using something that isn’t completely above board gives you the willies, then just pay for cable.
Last, all of these websites will ask you to download some sort of unrecognizable software to run the videos. Don’t do this. All of the videos will play just fine without having to put your precious operating system at risk. In general it is just better not to download things you can’t recognize from the internet. If you are someone who can’t help clicking yes on every pop up, just pay for cable.
If you understand these terms and conditions feel free to continue down the list and check out where to find free streaming football games here.
VIP Box is a reliable site for all sports streaming. The website is easy to use, just click on the sport you want to watch and it will have a list of all the games playing that day. The ads on the actual site can get a bit racy, so don’t open it up at work, like I did. It displays all the games scheduled for the next few days and includes professional, college and even some international basketball. It is presented in 24 hour time so do the conversion in Google first so you don’t miss a game. The video quality on this site is the most consistent and could be compared to Front Row Sports, another popular streaming site. It also has the most games to offer per day. Though the picture did get blurry momentarily, it cleared up quite quickly and no action was missed.
Like VIP Box, feed2all has many sports available to stream, and also offers professional and college games. The website runs very similarly to VIP Box and it is a good second choice if VIP Box isn’t working. Everyone has off days. The stream actually started out the clearest but froze a few more times than the others. If using this one, be ready to click refresh once or five times. For the most part, it will get the job done but it isn’t the best on the list for video quality over a long period of time. However it does have a good variety of games.
This is the only site on the list that doesn’t have separate lists for separate sports but instead puts games into order by date and time. To find a basketball game, click on a link with a little picture of a basketball next to it. Seems as if that is self explanatory but it never hurts to elaborate. The video on this one started out pretty shaky, especially in full screen, but once I hit pause and restarted it, it cleared up and stayed that way for a good amount of time. During commercials, it went back to being pretty terrible quality but that’s sandwich-making time anyway so it doesn’t matter. It cleared up a minute or so into game play. It did offer less games than the other two sites however and didn’t have any international games.
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