Everything to know about streaming sports on Sling TV

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Sling TV offers a variety of sports channels for a viewer to stream. Our mission here is to supply you with everything you need to know about what sports channels and features you can access through a Sling TV sports package. Whether you want to use Sling TV to watch football, soccer, baseball, or more, it’s easy to get started.

Sling TV plans and sports channels compared

Sling TV Sports Channels Blue – $30Orange – $30Combo – $45Sports Extras-$15
CBSN/AN/AN/AN/A
FoxN/A 
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NBCN/A 
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ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3N/A 
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NFL Network N/A N/A
NFL RedZoneN/A+ $10+ $15N/A
Stadium 

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TNT 

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FS1 N/A N/A
NBC Sports N/A N/A
NBC Sports Network N/A N/A
FS2N/AN/AN/A 
ESPNUN/AN/AN/A 
ESPN NewsN/AN/AN/A 
ESPN Bases LoadedN/AN/AN/A 
ESPN Goal LineN/AN/AN/A 
ACC NetworkN/AN/AN/A 
BIG TEN NetworkN/AN/AN/A 
Longhorn NetworkN/AN/AN/A 
PAC 12 NetworkN/AN/AN/A 
SEC NetworkN/AN/AN/A 
SEC+N/AN/AN/A 
NHL NetworkN/AN/AN/A 
GolfN/AN/AN/A 
MLB NetworkN/AN/AN/A 
MLB StrikezoneN/AN/AN/A 
Outside TVN/AN/AN/A 
Olympic NetworkN/AN/AN/A 
Tennis ChannelN/AN/AN/A 
beIN SportsN/AN/AN/A 

What sports can I watch on Sling TV?

There are three different Sling TV sports packages, along with multiple add-on options beyond their basic packages. Let’s go over each package in detail and talk about what you get.

We’ll start with the Blue package, which comes with a $30 monthly fee. This Sling TV sports package comes with FS1, NBC, NBC Sports Network, NFL Network, Stadium, and TNT. This option is particularly favorable if you intend to watch a lot of Sling TV football. With Sling TV Blue, you also get access to regional sports in your area (based on your billing ZIP Code, and assuming your area is eligible). It should also be noted that certain games and events may be unavailable due to programmer restrictions or blackouts.

The Orange package (also $30/mo.) includes ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, Fox, NBC, Stadium, TNT, and for an extra $10 per month, NFL RedZone. With three ESPNs and Stadium, this package offers more variety than Blue, but it notably does not come with the NFL Network. The Orange package does not come with regional sports options.

Now, if you want everything Blue and Orange offer, you can get the Combo package for $45/mo. (adding on NFL RedZone will cost an additional $15 with this package).

But wait, there’s more! If you subscribe to Sling TV’s Sports Extra option, you can add on 19 more sports channels for an additional $10 per month. With this add-on, you get from Sling TV Fox Sports 2, ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN News, and ESPNU. There are also several college sports-focused channels included from Sling TV: ACC Network, BIG TEN Network, Longhorn Network, PAC 12 Network, SEC Network and SEC+. You also score beIN Sports, Golf, MLB Network, MLB Strikezone, NHL Network,Olympic Network, Outside TV, and Tennis Channel.

There’s even an option for fans of cricket. For an extra $5 per month, you can purchase the Willow Cricket Mini and watch cricket matches from all over the world.

As you can see, the variety of sports available through Sling TV is wide and varied. You’ll find the four major professional sports (football, baseball, basketball, and hockey), along with a plethora of college sports, tennis, Olympic sports, and the unique beIN Sports network, which carries a significant amount of European sports programming (including soccer).

Sling TV sports streaming highlights

There are notable differences between the Blue and Orange packages when it comes to simultaneous streams. Sling TV Blue allows three simultaneous streams, whereas Orange offers only one. However, if you get the Blue and Orange combo, you can watch Sling TV sports on up to four different devices.

You can view sports on Sling TV through multiple devices as well. Whether you’re in your home, while running errands, or at work, Sling TV is available through laptop and PC web browsers. It’s also quite app-friendly. Amazon Fire and Android and Apple phones and tablets support the service as well. You can also view Sling TV with Amazon Fire TV, Roku, and Google Chromecast streaming devices, along with Xbox One gaming consoles.

Sling TV also comes with a Game Finder feature. All you have to do is go to the Game Finder homepage, click on the sports tab, and it will show you what upcoming games and events are available to you with your service.

Sling TV sports streaming limitations

One of the biggest limitations of Sling TV sports is the lack of the CBS Sports Network. This means (even if you purchase the Sports Extras add-on), you will miss out on a large number of nationally televised sporting events, including Bellator MMA, CBS golf, CBS tennis, college basketball, football, hockey, and lacrosse, the European soccer leagues, rodeo and bull riding, women’s professional soccer and basketball, and the World Racing Group, among others. 

The Blue, Orange, and Combo packages only come with 10 hours of DVR storage. To go beyond that basic offering, subscribers must purchase Sling TV’s Cloud DVR Plus add-on. With the add-on, you will be able to record up to 50 hours of programming. That’s still not a lot of hours when compared to other streaming services.

The final cut: how is Sling TV for live sports streaming?   

Sling TV allows you to stream many of your local sports teams along with nationally broadcasted games and events. However, for a major sports fan, it’s almost necessary to at least buy the combo package to be able to view a good variety of sports. Furthermore, if you’re a real sports junkie, the Sports Extras add-on is practically a must. That being said, Sling TV’s sports offerings do come at a relatively reasonable price, and if you go all out on your package, there is a tremendous amount of variety for your viewing pleasure. Still, due to the limitations of the channels it offers, Sling TV lags behind YouTube TV and Hulu + Live as the best option for the dedicated sports fan.

Of course, Sling TV carries a multitude of non-sports programming as well. A wide variety of news, movies, and kids programming will be at your fingertips with a Sling TV subscription.

For the risk-averse, Sling TV offers a free three-day trial. If you are ready to add Sling TV to your streaming services, sign up now.