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For those of us who love watching American sports, it has always been a big problem to be able to get our fix here in the UK. Besides the timezone differences turning us into nocturnal animals to watch the games there has always been a huge issue of where and how to watch. Being underappreciated on our island over the pond, American sports have never really made it to mainstream television. With that being said the internet and increased popularity through social media means we are now starting to take notice and we have more options than ever to watch our favourite sports! So sit back, grab your hotdog and read on on to find out the best ways to enjoy american sport here in the UK. 

NFL

aerial photography of NFL logo printed on field

The BBC
PRICE: FREE

The BBC doesn’t broadcast live games, but does have a show called ‘NFL This Week’. You can watch this on BBC Two at 12:15am Tuesday evening/Wednesday morning. There is also ‘The NFL Show’ which is on Fridays or Saturdays where you can see highlights of Thursday’s game on BBC1. Both of these will be on BBC iPlayer.

NFL Pass
PRICE: 
£97 per year

Of course the price is a big catch but at less than 40 pence per day we think it is a steal if it means access to all 256 games even if these are replays. You will, as will be a recurring theme throughout this article, need to arm yourself with a VPN allowing the pass to work in your location.

Sky Sports
PRICE: 
From £5.99 per month (Sky Sports NOW TV Mobile Pass)

With a Sky membership we can watch the Thursday night game (US time) and three games on Sunday, which, given the length of these games, is a lot of action! The Sky Go app also allows to to watch these games on the move.

American football, basketball, ice hockey! All great sports but cruelly under appreciated on our island here in the UK. Perhaps we have been too stubborn and proud for too long, but finally, thanks to social media influence and the relentless influence of these predominantly US sports we are starting to take notice. At Swish Sports we are always looking for ways to watch such sports online or even on British TV and we know we are not alone. Here are some of our suggested ways.

NBA

basketball court

NBA League Pass
PRICE: TOO MUCH! (Read on)

Right, in the UK we are charged an extortionate amount for to watch the NBA with the NBA league pass, costing us $199.99. However, we have a solution! In Australia, Russia and South Africa the costs are all $30 dollars or less! Again, we suggest a VPN using a server in one of these three locations (South Africa is the cheapest) and saving yourselves a hell of a lot of money along the way. The NBA has games most nights and these cross-platform packages are easily worth the cost.

Sky Sports
PRICE: 
From £5.99 per month (Sky Sports NOW TV Mobile Pass)

Whilst Sky does not show all of the games as this would be a mammoth and impossible task with so many games in the calendar, it does show 172 inlcuding 42 weekend prime time games. If this isn’t enough you can catch up on news and highlights on www.skysports.com/NBA

American football, basketball, ice hockey! All great sports but cruelly under appreciated on our island here in the UK. Perhaps we have been too stubborn and proud for too long, but finally, thanks to social media influence and the relentless influence of these predominantly US sports we are starting to take notice. At Swish Sports we are always looking for ways to watch such sports online or even on British TV and we know we are not alone. Here are some of our suggested ways.

NHL

ice hockey players on ice hockey arena

Freesports
PRICE: FREE! (Of course)

As suggested this is a free to view channel that can be found on Freest, Sky, BT, Freevew and Talktalk. It does not have the extensive coverage of the below option but does include:

– Live games and highlights every two weeks from the elite leagues

– Three games a week from the national hockey leagues

– Games from the International Ice Hockey Federation.

Not bad at all in our eyes!

Sky Sports
PRICE: 
First month free then £9.99 per month

Premier sports is another option as they have an agreement to play fifteen NHL games per week until 2021. We have used Premier Sports for years to watch the NRL (Australian Rugby League) before they lost the rights to show this and had no problems with the service. They also offer a live streaming for online viewing letting you pause as well as an on demand service allowing you to watch the games at a reasonable hour. They also show football games from Spanish La Liga and Italian Serie A if you fancy a bit of European football and Guinness Pro14 for even more action action. You can find more information and sign up at www.premiersports.com

We hope we have you covered in this brief but concise round up of All American Action (AAA) and feedback is always useful, for us and our reader, whether is good or bad. With the NBA playoffs on the plate I know how I’ll be spending my time for the next few weeks. If you have read and enjoyed this comment with what you are watching NFL, NBA, NHL or even any other sports you want to see more of. This lets us know what kind of content to product for you!