Want your football fix online? Megabytes of MLB? It can be done, but it's not cheap
The Associated Press has a roundup online today by Bree Fowler in which she documents the lengths to which she and her husband went to keep up with their hometown sports teams when they moved to New York.
For the most part, it's a pretty good rundown of your options — and in a market like ours, where virtually everyone moved here from somewhere else — it's pretty useful. She documents DirectTV's NFL Sunday Ticket and NFL Sunday Ticket Max (for TV and computer/smartphone/tablet access to games), which I've never tried. I just think I'm better off not even trying to pitch my wife and kids on spending $300 a season so I can stay in touch with my fantasy picks.
She also mentions the $5-per-month smartphone access available to Verizon customers, which is a lot more affordable. She describes it by saying, "Verizon Wireless subscribers can upgrade to a premium version that includes live video of the Thursday, Sunday and Monday night games" — but fails to point out that it also includes 24-7 access to the NFL Network, and most importantly to its Red Zone channel on Sunday afternoons. Red Zone, which switches continually to key moments in games across the country, is like crack for football fans' eyes.
She talks about the Big Ten Network's BTN2Go, which is available to Big Ten Network cable subscribers via computer/tablet/smartphone. It helps when I want to see my Michigan football and basketball games (and now Big Ten hockey, too), but I've found it more than a little buggy. When there aren't many games in town, I guess you can get away with that.
But when it comes to Major League Baseball, Fowler omits what I find to be one of the most useful features of MLB's At Bat app for iPads and iPhones — full access to home and away radio broadcasts of every game around the country for $4 a season (in 2013, anyway). That's far cheaper than paying for MLB.TV, but there are no blackouts and I usually find the audio broadcasts much more useful than video.