10 Major Events a Sports Fan Should Never Miss Live

No Sports Fan Should Ever Miss Any of These 10 Events Live

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When it comes to sports, there are games and events that are okay to see after they happen live, but there are many such incidents that absolutely must be seen as they happen. Throughout the year, there are 10 specific sporting events that you absolutely must see live, and even if you aren’t home when they happen, you can watch them live with Slingbox.

10. NFL Draft

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10. NFL Draft

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It gets bigger and bigger every year; the NFL Draft is now must-see because the landscape of the league can be changed in one breath from the commissioner and if you don’t see it happen live, you miss the incredible emotion shown by the fan bases affected by each pick, but especially early in the first round. This has become a must-see (live) event.

9. Preakness Stakes

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9. Preakness Stakes

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Why the Preakness and not the Kentucky Derby? Because as fun as the Derby is, we all tune into the Preakness to see if the Derby winner can repeat and then become a Triple Crown candidate. The Preakness is where we find out if each year’s Derby winner has a chance to be a legend or is just a flash in the pan. Hearts on pounding when the bell sounds, regardless of wagering interests.

8. The Masters

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8. The Masters

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Even if you’re not a golf fan, there’s just something about that final found at Augusta each year that gives you chills. Especially if there’s a playoff, tuning in to see who wins the green jacket live is something no sports fan should miss.

7. Indy 500

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7. Indy 500

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If there’s one motor sports event that is must-see TV every year, it’s the Indianapolis 500. This rich history and exhilarating speeds of the cars in this race are just the tip of the iceberg to the excitement experienced by die-hard racing fans and casual sports fans alike.

6. Stanley Cup Finals

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6. Stanley Cup Finals

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The Stanley Cup Playoffs as a whole can take a toll on any fan who isn’t die-hard about hockey, but the final seven-game series produces so much adrenaline and excitement that you can’t not watch it! Every goal is sacred and the reactions to each of them send emotions sky high. That’s something no sports fan should miss.

5. NBA Finals

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5. NBA Finals

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Just like the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the NBA Playoffs can get bogged down, especially with the whole “40 Games in 40 Nights” thing on TV. But when the two conference champs emerge, the Finals bring an aura that strokes all the emotional strings of sports fans everywhere, regardless of their rooting interests.

4. College Football National Championship Game

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4. College Football National Championship Game

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Notice that it’s no longer the BCS title game! The next time you see the College Football National Championship Game played, it will be by two teams fresh off playoff wins. It’s so awesome that it’s hard to believe, but it’s finally here. You absolutely cannot miss this game live.

3. World Series

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3. World Series

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The MLB playoffs aren’t nearly as eroded as those of the NHL and NBA, but the Fall Classic is still that much more special than all the other series. Whether you’re an AL fan or an NL die-hard, you love to see the two league champs battle it out for the ultimate prize at the end of the marathon season endured by so many players from the minors to the big leagues. Whether it’s four games or seven, you’ve got to see them all live.

2. Super Bowl

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2. Super Bowl

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The Super Bowl is the biggest one-day sporting event in the world and if you miss it live, you are no longer considered “popular” in any social group, regardless of genre. It’s the Big Game and even the most football-illiterate fans know who’s playing and they watch it live. If for some strange reason you can’t watch it at a Super Bowl party, make sure you don’t miss the action live with Slingbox.

1. NCAA Tournament

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1. NCAA Tournament

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The first day of the NCAA Tournament each year is special for even the most casual sports fans out there. It’s an event full of exciting plays, more than any other sport has to offer in one event. There are loads of games the first few days and all of them come with exciting finishes. Those buzzer-beaters and similar plays are what we wait for all year long and you absolutely cannot miss them live.


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