Who knew there were so many satellite sports packages?

If you’re the ultimate fan and don’t have satellite TV, your true fan status just dropped a notch or two. With cable, you don’t get the same number of channels. Sure, you can watch the important games, especially those of the teams in the area. But what if you are a Washington Nationals fan who lives in San Francisco? There is a good chance that you will miss a large part of the team’s games. Satellite packages are the solution.

If the big leagues are your thing, there are four packages that you absolutely must have. MLB teams play more than 160 games a year, so it’s hard to watch each and every game on your team, even with local coverage. MLB Extra Innings is the only way to get close to that goal, offering up to 60 games a week. Next up is the NBA League Pass, which shows up to 40 basketball games each week, many of which you won’t be able to watch on cable. NHL Center Ice also offers 40 hard-to-find games each week. However, the most popular of the bunch is the NFL Sunday Ticket. This package provides up to 14 games per week. An incredible number given that the league only has 32 teams, making 16 the maximum number of games per week.

NASCAR HotPass is a particularly interesting package. Satellite executives had to come up with an innovative idea, since all NASCAR races are available on regular cable. This package offers four different channels that provide a live broadcast from a camera inside the four-driver cars. On each channel, you get a split screen of the regular broadcast and the individual driver’s camera. You can also hear drivers and team leaders chatting on their team radios. NASCAR HotPass, which is broadcast in HD, is a really interesting way to watch a race.

If college dance is your thing, you’ll be happy to know there are college packages available too. ESPN Full Court is available during the college basketball season. Provides up to 30 games per week. The conferences covered are: ACC, Big 12, Big East, SEC, Pac-10, WAC, MAC, Sun Belt, Colonial, and MAAC. For college football, you want ESPN GamePlan, which offers up to 10 hard-to-find games every Saturday of the season.

Haven’t you seen a package that floats your boat yet? There are a few options that are tailored to the less popular sports in American culture. How about the Setanta Sports package, which offers European football (soccer) and rugby? Or you might be interested in the Cricket Ticket, which offers 200 days a year of cricket coverage. Finally, there is the MLS Direct Kick, which gives you access to more than 130 soccer games during the course of the MLS season.

As you can see, no matter what your sports preference is, the satellite will provide you with more games than it can handle. Note that the games in these packages are in addition to what is shown by local broadcast stations and other networks, such as ESPN.

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