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American soccer’s next goal? Turning a profit

Fifteen years ago, Major League Soccer was a struggling 12-team enterprise clawing its way back from a serious bankruptcy scare. Most teams were renting cavernous football stadiums where they played in front of sparse crowds. The league was distinctly scrappy, and buy-in prices for new owners were comically low: Before that season, an ownership group in Utah paid the pocket-change sum of $7.5 million for the right to start an expansion team. This spring, in its 25th season, the MLS will field 26 clubs, among them a new Miami team whose owners include former superstar midfielder David Beckham. Many will play in state-of-the-art, soccer-specific stadiums—though others now sell out those huge NFL arenas. And when hedge fund billionaire David Tepper finalized a deal in December to launch ...

How to watch Super Bowl LIV live online for free—without cable

It has all led up to this. Super Bowl LIV wraps up the 2019 NFL season this Sunday. And it has everything a football fan could want. The Kansas City Chiefs haven’t seen a Super Bowl, other than on TV, in 50 years. The San Francisco 49ers have been largely unstoppable this season, losing just three games—one in overtime and never by more than seven points. When the two teams met in the pre-season, the 49ers walked away with the game, winning 27-17, but pre-season football doesn’t accurately reflect the strengths and weaknesses of either team. Whether you’re hosting a Super Bowl 54 party after cutting the cord, plan to watch yourself or will be on the go, but want to keep up with the “big game,” there are plenty of alternative ways to view. Here are a few. Which...

How to watch the Super Bowl live online for free—even without cable

It has all led up to this. Super Bowl LIV wraps up the 2019 NFL season this Sunday. And it has everything a football fan could want. The Kansas City Chiefs haven’t seen a Super Bowl, other than on TV, in 50 years. The San Francisco 49ers have been largely unstoppable this season, losing just three games—one in overtime and never by more than seven points. When the two teams met in the pre-season, the 49ers walked away with the game, winning 27-17, but pre-season football doesn’t accurately reflect the strengths and weaknesses of either team. Whether you’re hosting a Super Bowl 54 party after cutting the cord, plan to watch yourself or will be on the go, but want to keep up with the “big game,” there are plenty of alternative ways to view. Here are a few. Which...

How to watch NFL playoff games live online for free—without cable

There are three games left in this NFL season. And given the excitement of the playoff season so far this year, you don’t want to miss a minute of any of them. Two—the final playoff games—take place this weekend, as the conference championships are decided. Last week, the Green Bay Packers and the Tennessee Titans surprised everyone with impressive underdog wins. But how will they fare against the Chiefs and the 49ers? Both games are on Sunday this week, but if you’ve got errands to run that you just can’t put off, there are plenty of alternative ways to view. Here’s a look at who’s playing this week—and several different ways to watch the games. Which NFL teams are playing this week? And what channels are airing the games? It’s winner take all as the le...

49ers’ Richard Sherman on tech investing, fatherhood, and yes, football

Richard Sherman’s star is high—and rising. In the last few weeks, the San Francisco 49ers cornerback was invited to the Pro Bowl (it will be his fifth time playing in the all-star game) and bestowed with the title of “best cornerback of the decade” by Pro Football Focus, the authority on evaluating players for the National Football League. He’s also taken a leadership position among players—Sherman is a vice president with the National Football League Players Association, the union that represents professional athletes in the sport, and it’s possible he’ll take on an even bigger role there in the coming months. Oh yeah, and if the 49ers beat the Green Bay Packers this coming Sunday, they’ll be going to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2012, with Sherman’s help.  But the NFL sta...

How to Watch NFL Divisional Playoffs Live Online for Free—Without Cable

Last weeks’s wild card games might be some of the most exciting in recent memory. And that puts a lot of pressure on the divisional round this weekend. After the Patriots fell short and New Orleans lost in overtime, it’s going to be hard to match that level of drama. But this season has been loaded with drama. Because this week’s games are being split between Saturday and Sunday, you might have other things to do when some are on. That doesn’t mean you have to miss them, though. There are plenty of alternative ways to view. Here’s a look at who’s playing this week—and several different ways to watch the games. Which NFL teams are playing this week? And what channels are airing the games? Richard Rodriguez—Getty Images The Vikings and Titans surprised a lot of people last ...

How to Watch NFL Divisional Playoff Games Live Online for Free—Without Cable

Last weeks’s wild card games might be some of the most exciting in recent memory. And that puts a lot of pressure on the divisional round this weekend. After the Patriots fell short and New Orleans lost in overtime, it’s going to be hard to match that level of drama. But this season has been loaded with drama. Because this week’s games are being split between Saturday and Sunday, you might have other things to do when some are on. That doesn’t mean you have to miss them, though. There are plenty of alternative ways to view. Here’s a look at who’s playing this week—and several different ways to watch the games. Which NFL teams are playing this week? And what channels are airing the games? Richard Rodriguez—Getty Images The Vikings and Titans surprised a lot of people last ...

How to Watch NFL Wild Card Playoffs Live Online for Free—Without Cable

The regular season is over for the NFL. It’s all or nothing from here on out. This weekend is the Wild Card round, as eight teams vie for a chance to advance to the divisional round. Perhaps most surprising of those is the Patriots, who started this season so indomitable, but slipped later in the year. Because the games are being split between Saturday and Sunday, you might have other things to do when some are on. That doesn’t mean you have to miss them, though. There are plenty of alternative ways to view. Here’s a look at who’s playing this week—and several different ways to watch the games. Which NFL teams are playing this week? And what channels are airing the games? Two games Saturday. Two games Sunday. And every moment counts. The Wild Cards are often some of...

How to Watch Week 16 NFL Football Games Live Online for Free—Without Cable

We’re getting down to the wire. There are just two weeks left in the 2019 NFL season and playoff spots are getting scarce. The 49ers, Seahawks, Packers, Bills and Patriots all secured postseason spots last week—and are now fighting to secure a first-round bye and home-field advantage. Wild card slots are still anybody’s guess. It’s not a week where you’ll want to miss a game, but catching your favorite team isn’t always an easy thing to do. Heading to your local sports bar inevitably racks up a bill and your home cable system (assuming it even broadcasts the game you want to want to watch) isn’t cheap either. Fortunately, there are alternatives. Rooting for your favorite team doesn’t have to be an expensive affair (letting you save money for tailga...

How to Watch Week 15 NFL Football Games Live Online for Free—Without Cable

It’s getting down to do or die for a lot of NFL teams hoping to make the playoffs this year. And pretty much every one of those teams is hampered by key injuries. There are a number of key games for teams on the bubble this year, including the Rams vs. the Cowboys and the Texans vs. the Titans. Sunday night, meanwhile, brings a battle between potential AFC wild cards when the Bills face the Steelers. There’s lots to watch, but catching your favorite team isn’t always an easy thing to do. Heading to your local sports bar inevitably racks up a bill and your home cable system (assuming it even broadcasts the game you want to want to watch) isn’t cheap either. Fortunately, there are alternatives. Rooting for your favorite team doesn’t have to be an expensive affai...

How to Watch Week 14 NFL Football Games Live Online for Free—Without Cable

With less than a month left in the regular season, big changes are starting to occur in both NFL conferences. The Baltimore Ravens are coming on strong and the once unbeatable San Francisco 49ers have seemingly lost some gas. That makes this week’s lineups even more exciting. Catching your favorite team isn’t always an easy thing to do, though (and often isn’t inexpensive). Heading to your local sports bar inevitably racks up a bill and your home cable system (assuming it even broadcasts the game you want to want to watch) isn’t cheap either. Fortunately, there are alternatives. Rooting for your favorite team doesn’t have to be an expensive affair (letting you save money for tailgating). Here’s a look at who’s playing this week—and several differen...

NFL-AWS partnership hopes to reduce head injuries with machine learning

Today at AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell joined AWS CEO Andy Jassy on stage to announce a new partnership to use machine learning to help reduce head injuries in professional football. “We’re excited to announce a new strategic partnership together, which is going to combine cloud computing, machine learning and data science to work on transforming player health and safety,” Jassy said today. NFL football is a fast and violent sport involving large men. Injuries are a part of the game, but the NFL is hoping to reduce head injuries in particular, a huge problem for the sport. A 2017 study found that 110 out of 111 deceased NFL players had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Then NFL has a head start in machine learning due the sheer amount of...

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