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How to Watch College Football Bowl Games Without Cable

Football on TV

The college football bowl games are in full swing and we know you want to watch them, especially if your team is bowling this year. Nothing is more heartbreaking than wanting to watch the game and realizing you can’t because cable is too expensive. Believe me, you’re not the only football fan facing this hardship.

According to Fortune, one in five households has dropped cable with many more following suit because it’s starting to become a financial burden. Now you’re probably asking “Neighborhood CU, if I don’t have cable then how will I watch all the games?” Don’t worry, there are other options football fans across the country are taking advantage of.

Here are some ways you can watch football and not regret cutting cable.

Pay to stream

Even though this isn’t free, paying to stream games, or any shows for that matter, have become extremely popular. There are different streaming services available where you subscribe and have access to a set list of channels, including a variety of sports channels, and pay a lot less than you would with any cable subscription.

Take Sling TV for example. For $20 per month you have access to ESPN and 30 other channels. Since the majority of bowl games are on ESPN this year, you will be one happy sports fan. (Sorry all non-bowl eligible schools…) How it works is you stream using a device like a Roku, Amazon Fire TV, smart TV, or any other device and that’s all there is to it.

Best of all, streaming services are strictly month-to-month so you don’t have to worry about contracts.

Antennas can be your friend

Take note that not all bowl games will be played on ESPN. Six games will be played on FOX, ABC, or CBS. So if your TV can’t get network TV signals, then looking into a digital antenna might be a good option for you. Not only will it help you get the bowl games broadcasted on FOX, CBS, or ABC, but it will also come in handy for watching other games broadcasted on these channels.

See, you’re already winning. Don’t know where to find an antenna? Amazon is a great place to start.

Go to a watch party

If you don’t see yourself watching different games and don’t want to stream or get an antenna, going to a restaurant, sports bar, or having a watch party at someone’s house are great alternatives. Plus, if all you have to pay for is food and drinks then you’re already ahead financially.

Football, friends, food, and drinks. Can you say sports fan’s dream?

Deciding to cut cable is hard to do, but these alternatives can help you be confident in your decision knowing you can still watch sports and save money at the same time. That makes the game much more enjoyable!