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How to watch sports, “In this economy?!”

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When J-Lo said, “Love costs nothing,” she clearly wasn’t talking about love for the game.

The recent shift from television plans to streaming services has shaken up the entire sports industry. With that, we see subscription prices go up and our patience dwindle. I don’t know which is more stressful: paying the cable bill or watching the playoffs. With football, hockey and basketball seasons kicking off in just weeks, here are my tips and tricks for watching sports in this economy.

Go for very long walks with your dog

Every night I walk my dog ​​before I go to bed. Last week, while he was destroying my neighbor’s garden, I peeked out his window to make sure Ninja’s exhibit was unseen. The good news is my neighbor was too busy watching the NFL preseason. The good news, I got to watch his TV too.

It got me thinking – why would I ever spend the money on pay-per-view when I could just stand in front of his house? And you might be thinking, “Brie, that’s a little messed up.”

Is it good? I’m just “walking my dog”, and there’s nothing wrong with that. If you’ve seen this guy’s setup, you’d understand – we’re talking 4K here!

As a serious journalist, I would be remiss if I did not mention the pros and cons, so here they are:

There is nothing more practical than going next door. It’s better than walking a long way to a seedy bar, plus it gets my dog ​​plenty of fresh air and exercise.

On the other hand, I have no control over what we watch, which could be problematic if he’s a Leafs fan. Not to mention I can’t hear anything, but with the calls these refs are making these days, that might as well be a positive.

Befriend a Millionaire

Honestly, this one is a must have in all aspects of life. It’s like the old adage, “don’t buy a boat, just be friends with someone who owns one!” Save yourself the trouble of browsing through various sports packages and hanging out with someone who has bought them all. As a bonus, you’ll have the luxury of watching your favorite team lose in style – this one’s for all the Canadiens fans.

Depending on how your millionaire made his coin, you might get lucky and find yourself a workaholic. This is the best case scenario, because then they will be too busy to bother you while you are watching the game. However, if you’ve landed on someone who just cashed in on their NFT investments, their NFL commentary is surely the least of your worries.

You might like their personality. Stay for dinner and also save money on groceries. They might even buy you tickets to live sporting events.

Just be tired because the whole plan falls apart the moment they are arrested for white collar crime. If the court asks you to testify, then that’s it.

Turn off your TV and log into Twitter

Who among us doesn’t appreciate a play-by-play from someone who probably lives in their mother’s basement? Instead of looking at the net, you could scroll the internet.

Kidding aside, these underground heroes provide live coverage and even some interesting commentary. With so many accounts to choose from, you can really find your niche. For example, if you’re looking for someone who only posts sports updates for the purpose of objectifying players, you might consider following @cold_bruh!

Likewise, another great way to stay on track is to type the name of the game into your favorite search engine and keep refreshing the score. Oh, did you see Lebron James score a three-pointer? In fact, I got this information by seeing the number increase.

Follow multiple accounts and learn about people’s varied viewpoints. Keep track of every game at once, grab that NFL red zone. Have fun with the toxic world of Twitter!

Be careful online because you’ll likely end up in a fight with someone who has “Tom Brady is the #GOAT” in their bio.

Being a sports fan means spending most of the year disappointed, then suffering through the offseason just to start all over again. It’s a huge strain on your heart, but it doesn’t have to be one on your pocket too. Hope this helps, but ultimately the best advice I can give you is to not be a sports fan at all.

This article originally appeared in Volume 43, Number 1, published August 30, 2022.