Monthly Archives: April 2015

TV is a sports fan’s paradise in May and June

TV is a sports fan’s paradise in May and June

This Saturday is shaping up to be one of the biggest and best sports days ever, with the NBA and NHL playoffs in full swing, the NFL Draft in its third day and baseball’s premiere rivalry playing out in Boston, plus the 141st Kentucky Derby and the hotly anticipated boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao
Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao

It’s just the beginning of a strong couple months of sports programming. Here’s a roundup of what’s happening, sports-wise, on TV in May and June.

— If you’re not already sick of the hype, you can order Saturday’s long-awaited Mayweather/Pacquiao bout by tuning your TV to channel 997 (HD) or 998 (standard definition) and ordering right from your set-top box. Or, give your BendBroadband account manager a call and they can order it for you.

— Saturday is also Derby Day in the great state of Kentucky, where the 141st Run for the Roses is scheduled to begin at around 3:24 p.m. They call it the most exciting two minutes in sports, so make sure you tune to NBC a bit early so you don’t miss it.

— The Portland Trail Blazers may be out of it, but the NBA playoffs will continue through May and into June, broadcast on ABC, ESPN and TNT. Pro tip: When given a choice, tune into a Western Conference game. Most of the best teams are in the West, and the East’s best are either hurting (the Cleveland Cavaliers have just lost former Lake Oswego high school star Kevin Love for the rest of the season) or not playing their best basketball (the Atlanta Hawks went 17-0 in January, but have come back to Earth since).

— The final eight teams in the chase for Lord Stanley’s Cup are set, and the NHL playoffs are about to heat up. Hockey fans may be few and far between in this part of the country, but true puckheads will tell you there’s nothing quite like playoff hockey. Games will air on the NBC Sports Network. During intermission, check out these 22 facts about one of sports’ most hallowed trophies.

— Our insatiable appetite for all things NFL has turned the NFL Draft into a huge spectacle, and this year, both the NFL Network and ESPN will broadcast all seven rounds. The first round happens tonight, the second and third round air Friday and rounds four through seven air Saturday. Both networks will offer lots of previews and analysis, too. Stick it through all the way to the end to find out who’ll be Mr. Irrelevant!

— Every four years, the FIFA Women’s World Cup captures America’s attention, and this year’s event begins June 6. Games will be played across the host country of Canada, from Vancouver to Moncton and several points in between, with the final set for July 5 in Vancouver. They’ll be aired by the Fox Sports family of networks.

— Summer is baseball season, which means the Seattle Mariners are on ROOT Sports almost every day. Here’s their schedule. And if you’re part of the national fan bases of the New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox, you’ve got some games to watch this weekend. Tonight and Saturday’s will be on the MLB Network, and Sunday’s on ESPN.

— The College Baseball World Series is set for late June in Omaha, and will air on ESPN’s phalanx of channels.

— The grandaddy of the grand slam events in tennis, Wimbledon, runs from late June into mid-July. ESPN and ABC will broadcast the matches.

As always, you can find all of BendBroadband’s offerings — including a whole bunch of sports channels — in our channel lineup.

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Free Universal Sports preview April 18-27

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