NCAA Football – Free Live Viewing

Just to be upfront – this is a cord cutter’s biggest dilemma. Live Sports. The major providers use this to their advantage. ESPN, Fox Sports etc are not wanting to give this content away. But there are times when you can catch the game without a cable subscription. I’ll guide you through the process with an example.

 I’m going to look for one of the games I’d like to see today – Washington at Stanford. Because both teams are ranked this game has national attention. I check my favorite website for college football schedules and see that the game is broadcasting from two sources: ABC and ESPN. I’m in luck.

Next I go to my favorite website for TV Broadcast schedules and set my location for San Diego and my provider to “Local Broadcast”. I scroll over to 5pm (8pm Eastern) and confirm that my game is being broadcast on channel 10.1 KGTV.

Indeed I’m lucky. Had this game not got national attention I’d be out of luck without a cable subscription. ESPN3 streams it but only if you belong to a participating video subscriber.

Clarification: You don’t necessarily need to have a cable plan to see ESPN3. If you take only internet from the participating providers that will do. Thanks Bob  (see comments) for pointing this out.

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4 Responses to NCAA Football – Free Live Viewing

  1. bob says:

    Espn3 is now part of, whose content is available to only subscribers of certain media and cable stystems. Espn3 is available to anyone, and it has all the live sports you want.

  2. bob says: also has free live sports as well as free live tv, most are just click and watch with nothing to download, right now I'm watching the Yale-Penn football game on their Versus link which is provided by

  3. bob says:

    Just to clarify, you don't need a cable subscription to watch espn3 online as you stated, I don't have cable and watch it all the time.

  4. GNS says:

    I stand corrected Bob. A broadband subscription (ISPN)will do as well. From the FAQ's at ESPN

    How can I get access to all ESPN networks available on WatchESPN?

    Online registration through your TV service provider is required in order to access content on all networks. Non-participating TV provider customers have access to ESPN3 programming online only at, as long as they subscribe to a participating high speed internet service provider. Click here for a list of participating video providers. Click here for a list of high speed internet providers.

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