A World Without Sports: Ways to Cure Your Sports Withdrawal

Allison Doyle, Staff Writer

For the first and quite possibly the last time in our lives, the sporting world is at a standstill. Never before in American history have we experienced such a withdrawal of live sports from our everyday lives and television screens. So far this year, we’ve been deprived of a March Madness tournament, NBA finals, the MLB and MLS seasons, and virtually any other sport you can think of. 

Despite these cancellations, the fight against COVID-19 should always be a priority, and preventing its spread at live sporting events attended by millions of fans was the best way to flatten the curve. Just because you’re stuck at home doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some sports action from your couch or backyard. Until restrictions are lifted, here are some ways you can help ease your sports withdrawal during a global pandemic.

Although there will no longer be a “LIVE” icon in the top corner of your screen, there are still plenty of opportunities to watch past games, matches, tournaments, etc. Mainstream channels like ESPN and FOX Sports continue to show a multitude of events, from a 2002 Florida State vs. Miami game to 2013’s Fontana NASCAR race. 

If you’re reluctant to get out of bed, both ESPN and FOX Sports are available to stream on a laptop or phone for free: all you need is your TV provider information. The sports TV series making headlines currently is The Last Dance, which documents Michael Jordan’s final season with the Chicago Bulls (1997-98). Whether you’re a hardcore basketball fan or want to learn more about the man jumping up for a dunk on everyone’s shoes, you can watch the docuseries as it airs ESPN and ESPN.com.

Speaking of streaming services, a plethora of sports-related content can be found in the catalogs of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and more. Right now, Netflix’s most popular sports content is probably All American, a drama focusing around a star high school football player who takes up the opportunity to play in Beverly Hills. It brings a wide variety of sports documentaries and docuseries: Icarus, Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez, and Formula 1: Drive to Survive are all worth checking out. 

Amazon Prime Video is best known for its collection of All Or Nothing docuseries. Each series captures exclusive access to the “behind the scenes” of world-famous sports teams and records their pursuit of glory throughout a season. Some of the series available include the University of Michigan Wolverines 2017 football season, Manchester City Football Club’s record-breaking 2017-2018 Premier League title, and a Rugby World Championship with the New Zealand All Blacks. If you’re looking to expand your knowledge of sports nationally and globally, then streaming services are where to look.

If you don’t have access to any streaming service, there’s always YouTube! Highlights and analysis of virtually every sports game in recent history can be found there.