According to a June 2020 online survey from Statista, about 65% of the U.S. population is an avid or casual fan of sports. If you fall in that range, you’ve probably been bored out of your mind during the COVID-19 pandemic, when all major sports in the country were put on hold.
While the virus is still running rampant, many leagues have developed new precautions that will hopefully make it safe for our favourite players to get back in action. Start preparing for the action now so you’ll be ready to watch live sports once the time comes.
1. Learn About Schedule Changes
One thing’s for sure — when sports do return, they won’t be like you remember them. You’ll need to stay up-to-date on the latest schedule changes to be sure you don’t miss anything.
The 2019-2020 NBA season is slated to resume July 30, with strict protocols in place for players. The top 22 teams in the league before coronavirus will play eight seeding games to qualify for the playoffs.
The NHL has a similar plan, bringing back the top 24 teams to play in a best-of-five series starting August 1. After that, there will be a round-robin series to determine to seed for playoffs.
As for the MLB, the season will be shortened to only 60 games and feature only regional matchups.
2. Upgrade Your Technology
Once the action does start, you need to make sure you have the technology to see it all in great clarity. After all, you can’t just head down to the big screen at your local sports bar.
Consider finally upgrading to a TV with a QLED display for picture-perfect quality. Getting a TV with 4K is also a must, as sports leagues are looking to broadcast in this quality in the feature (the NFL already broadcasted Super Bowl LIV in 4K).
3. Subscribe to a Live Sports Package
Having a killer TV is worthless if you don’t have a live sports package to go along with it. Sure, you can always a game on replay, but chances are, you’ll be spoiled with the outcome long before you’re finished.
Avoid all of that by getting a top-notch cable service that lets you catch local, primetime, and pay-per-view sports with ease. You can watch live sports like UFC, baseball, basketball, football, and more without any hassle.
4. Plan a Virtual Tailgate
Now that you’ve got all the equipment you need to see the game, it’s time to party! It’s not safe to attend a real tailgate party, so try hosting one remotely instead. Several colleges did this back at the start of quarantine, and the events were a smashing success.
Set up your crew on a Zoom or Skype call a few hours before game time so you can properly prepare. To feel like you’re all really together, make sure you grab the same snacks and drinks. You can even create a game-day playlist of your favourite tunes or fight songs to really set the mood.
Watching Live Sports Will Be Different but Doable
Obviously, things won’t be quite the same when it comes to cheering on your teams. However, with a little preparation, you can enjoy the excitement and thrill of the action of watching the world’s best athletes perform all from the comfort and safety of your home.