NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL offer on-demand content for sports fans
One notable change of the last month has been the disappearance of sporting events from our stadiums and TV screens. From Champions League soccer and other major sports league postponements to the rescheduling of the Olympics to 2021, we are going through a major sports void (marble runs notwithstanding). While we all hold out faith that the latter half of 2020 will bring more live sports action into our lives, we’ve got some ideas on how to get your fix in the meantime.
“The Last Dance”, April 19, ESPN
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In the storied basketball pantheon, there is no one who stands above Michael Jordan (well…another #23 might have something to say about that). The 1998 season was one of MJ’s most iconic, when at 35-years old he led his Chicago Bulls to a scintillating repeat NBA Finals win over the Utah Jazz. Let’s be honest, who over a certain age could forget The Shot in Game 6 that sealed the deal?
As a token of appreciation to fans, ESPN has agreed to an April release of “The Last Dance,” a documentary about the 1997–98 season. Though originally scheduled for a June air date, many MJ fans and ESPN aficionados wished for this early release. It seems that their wish has been granted, though we don’t think Kazaam had anything to do with it (or did he?).
This documentary follows the Bulls through the entire season leading up to the Finals, promising “never-seen-before footage” of “more than 100 people close to the team and personalities who experienced the run.” We’re personally looking forward to watching how Phil Jackson was able to harness MJ’s greatness for one last time alongside some of the greatest sidemen (and hairstyles) in NBA history.
ESPN will release the first episode of this 10-part series on April 19th, with the series ending on May 10th. You can find the detailed release schedule on ESPN.com.
NFL Game Pass
Download the NFL Network app on Fire TV or Fire Tablet. Free trial through May 31; afterwards, $99.99 annually
Though football is still a few months off, it’s never too early to get in the gridiron spirit. With NFL Game Pass, you can view all NFL games from the past 11 seasons (2009 to present) — that includes playoff games as well as regular-season contests. If your attention span is as short as ours, enjoy the 45-minute replays that speed through the commentary, timeouts, and other details.
You’ll also have access to special NFL content such as Hard Knocks, the A Football Life series (we highly recommend the T.O. edition), and Mic’d Up. You can access this free through May 31 via the NFL app on Fire TV or your iOS or Android device; the service will cost $99.99 annually after June 1.
NBA League Pass
Download the NBA app on Fire TV or Fire Tablet. Free trial through April 22; afterwards, $99.99 annually for all-league pass and $59.99 for one-team access
While we await new NBA regular season or playoff games, the league has opened its vaunted League Pass to new customers. On League Pass, you’ll be able to watch full-length replays and abbreviated versions of regular season games played to date. League Pass has access to the definitive archive of classic games and plays.
This free preview only extends through April 22, so you’ll need to act faster than Kyrie’s crossover (OK, maybe you can go slightly slower than that). Download the app and create a free account to receive complimentary access.
Our favorite spring pastime will wait until at least May, but in the meantime the MLB has curated a list of 30 games from its archives that will make any baseball fan smile while waiting for the 2020 season to start. Even better, you can access this content through your YouTube app without any additional app downloads. Don’t let this opportunity to capitalize on baseball nostalgia slip through your glove.
NHL Pause Binge
Even though the ice is thawing outside, we’re used to seeing plenty of on-ice action indoors this time of year. As such, the NHL doesn’t want to leave fans hanging. By accessing the NHL’s YouTube channel or website, you can enjoy replays of full-length classic games from the 1950’s to present. The NHL also has made available a wide array of original content such as “Behind the Glass”, which takes a close look at the Philadelphia Flyers’ training camp from the past year. All of this content will be free to you until April 30, so don’t freeze up on this great offer.
While we know that a spring without sports is strange and somewhat painful, we have highlighted the steps that our top leagues and sports networks are taking to ensure you stay engaged with the moments and stories that underscore the reason we watch sports in the first place. Here at Fire TV, we’re committed to helping you connect with as much sports content as possible until league play resumes. However, we can’t much about getting you used to seeing Tom Brady wearing a new jersey. That will come with time.