If you’re the ultimate fan and you don’t have satellite TV, your true fan status just dropped down a notch or two. With cable, you don’t get nearly the amount of channels. Sure, you’re able to catch the big games, especially those of area teams. But, what about if you are a Washington Nationals fan living in San Francisco? There’s a good chance you’ll miss a great deal of the team’s games. Satellite packages are the solution.
If the major leagues are your thing, there’re four packages that you absolutely must have. MLB teams play over 160 games each year, so it’s hard to catch every single your team plays, even with local coverage. MLB Extra Innings is the only way to get closer to that goal, given that it provides up to 60 games a week. Next up is NBA League Pass, which shows up to 40 basketball games each week, many of which you won’t be able to catch on cable. NHL Center Ice also provides 40 hard-to-find games each week. The most popular, though, of the group is the NFL Sunday Ticket. This package provides up to 14 games a week. An incredible number given that the league only has 32 teams, making 16 the maximum number of games per week.
The NASCAR HotPass is a particularly interesting package. Satellite executives had to come up with an innovative idea, since all NASCAR races are available on regular cable. This package offers four different channels that provide a live-feed from a camera inside the cars of four drivers. On each channel, you get a split-screen of the regular broadcast and the individual driver’s camera. You also get to hear the drivers and crew chiefs conversing over their team radios. NASCAR HotPass, which airs in HD, is a truly interesting way to catch a race.
If college ball is more your thing, you’ll be glad to know that there are college packages as well. ESPN Full Court is available during college basketball season. It provides up to 30 games per week. Conferences covered are: the ACC, Big 12, Big East, SEC, Pac-10, WAC, MAC, Sun Belt, Colonial and MAAC. For college football, you want ESPN GamePlan, which provides up to 10 hard-to-find games every Saturday of the season.
Still haven’t seen a package that floats your boat? There are a few options that cater to the less popular sports in American culture. How about the Setanta Sports package, which offers European football (soccer) and rugby? Or maybe you’d be interested in the Cricket Ticket, which offers 200 days a year of cricket coverage. Lastly, there’s the MLS Direct Kick, which gives you access to over 130 soccer games throughout the course of the MLS season.
As you can see, no matter what your sports preference is, satellite will provide you with more games than you can handle. Keep in mind that the games from these packages are in addition to what the local broadcast stations and other networks, such as ESPN, show.