Most cable and satellite television providers offer some type of access to live sports streaming, and cord-cutting services like fuboTV and Sling TV also feature a ton of live sports. Free live streaming sports sites are harder to come by, but they are out there.
Some major sites, like ESPN, offer both free sports streams and streams that are locked behind a paywall. To disable the paywall on these sites, you may need to subscribe to a streaming service or supply login information for a cable or satellite television provider.
Other big name sites, like Facebook Watch, offer totally free access to a limited number of live sports streams.
The majority of the free sports streaming sites out there don’t offer official streams, so the quality is often lower, and sports fans need to be wary of the invasive and misleading pop up ads that can show up. If you’re careful, you can find just about any sports stream you want on these free streaming sites.
Stream Free Sports From ESPN
The site: ESPN.com
The sports can you watch: Football, basketball, baseball, college sports, hockey, golf, tennis, MMA, NASCAR, esports, etc.
Notes: Only some of the streams on ESPN.com are free. Others require a valid login from a qualifying cable or satellite subscription.
ESPN is one of the biggest names in cable sports, and the official ESPN website features a ton of live streaming video. You can find all of the major sports, including football, basketball, baseball, and college sports, on ESPN’s official site.
What you won’t find on ESPN.com is every game of every sport. ESPN only streams the games they actually have the rights to, and some game streams are even locked behind a paywall.
There are two kinds of premium games on ESPN.com:
Games that you can watch with a valid cable or satellite television provider login.
Games that you can watch if you sign up for ESPN’s streaming service.
In addition to these premium games, ESPN also streams free sports that you can watch without logging in or paying for an additional subscription.
Stream Free Sports on Facebook Watch
The site: Facebook Watch
The sports you can watch: One MLB game per week, soccer, women’s basketball, surfing, and a range of unofficial streams covering virtually every sport.
Notes: Facebook Watch has a limited number of official sports streams, but Facebook users use the service to stream live sports.
Facebook Watch is Facebook’s attempt to muscle in on the video streaming market, and the social media giant has managed to obtain the rights to stream a number of different sports. One of the biggest deals allows Facebook Watch to stream one MLB game per week during the regular season, which you can watch for free if you have a Facebook account.
In addition to official Facebook Watch sports streams, Facebook users are also able to use the service to live stream sports from around the world.
Here’s how you can find a huge variety of live sports streams on Facebook Watch:
Navigate to Facebook.com/ watch. Log in to your Facebook account.
Click Search videos.
Type sports, and hit enter.
Click See All Live.
Click Live under the source section.
These streams are all provided by Facebook users, so you may find low quality and misleading streams. If you are looking for a specific game, try searching the names of the teams instead of sports.
Stream Live Sports on Laola1
The site: Laola1
The sports you can watch: Soccer, hockey, volleyball, basketball, table tennis, motorsports, others.
Notes: This streaming service is based in Austria, but it allows international audiences to view live sports streams.
Laola1 is a streaming site based in Austria that has an international English version, so users outside of Austria are able to use it. The international site isn’t region blocked, so sports fans in the United States are able to watch games from around the world.
This is a particularly good site if you’re looking for live streams of sports that aren’t as widely available in the US. For instance, Laola1 has a ton of soccer streams from around the world, international volleyball matches, and it’s also a good place to watch table tennis.