From Professional Sports to Reality TV, competition still thrives during this global pandemic.
For sports fans, spring normally brings NBA championships, the MLBs first pitch and the NFL draft.
Well. 1 out of 3 isn’t bad, in fact it’s terrible! Since there’s no crying in baseball, we’ve decided to pull together this list of current alternatives. The spirit of competition lives on!
Live sports or mostly sports adjacent
Professional International Soccer:
Again, start times are a bit early for most, but what else do you have on your plate at 6:30AM on a Saturday? Ok, fine. DVR it if you need. For those of you with access to Fox Sports (FS1 or FS2), on-demand replays are also regularly available.
American Cornhole League (ACL)
Sure, the outcomes are scripted, but there is no denying the strength, endurance and pure athleticism of a modern professional wrestler. Pageantry, pomp and pugilism! With the WWE back in action, now’s the perfect time to dive in fresh, or recapture your childhood enthusiasm, brother! Where else are you going to gain the wisdom of the pro-wrestling sages?
Check your local Fox listings for new broadcasts with replays on FS1/2 and the Fox app. Full listings are also available on the WWE website.
The ladies and gentlemen have started their engines! Speed, endurance, teamwork and a hunk of metal and fiberglass going 200mph = good viewing. How does going in circles for hours equal a high-octane thrill-ride? Tune in and see!
Sponsorships, internet celebrities, and lots of money on the line. Welcome to E-sports. Did you grow up playing video games and ever think “I wish I could get paid to play video games.” That dream has become a reality for the best of the best. Given the power of the internet, players can compete remotely which has been a blessing during the pandemic.
Here’s a quick rundown of some of the most popular (and currently broadcast) eSports.
Who: NBA2K League
Who: League of Legends
Who: Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO)
If you want less virtual in your reality here are a couple TV competitions that we can get behind.
Three producers with mile-long resumes of smash hits work with small time songsmiths to have one of their tunes recorded by major artists including Will.I.Am, Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line, and Macklemore. Four prospective songwriters are pared-down to three, then work with the producers to polish their hidden gem. The act of the week then chooses the winning song which they will record for their forthcoming album. A new recording act is featured weekly to keep things fresh. It is currently on Monday’s at 10pm but can be watched on next day streaming via NBC.com and Hulu.
World of Dance
NBC strikes again! Ne-Yo, J-Lo and D-Ho (ok, its actually ballroom celeb Derek Hough) judge phenomenal dance acts, urging them to up the ante as teams and individuals in four categories push towards the championship round. Ballet, ballroom, b-boys and more compete for the top spot, providing a great platform to expose young and old to the beauty, precision, artistic expression and athleticism that dance has to offer. WoD occupies the 10pm slot on Tuesdays and can also be seen streaming next day on NBC.com, and Hulu.
Eurovision Song Competition
How to describe… Let’s say it answers the question of what would happen if American Idol and the World Cup had a baby? Currently featuring professional acts from 50 countries, including honorary Europeans Israel and Australia, Eurovision. Each country nominates a song to represent itself in the competition and residents of all participating countries can vote for any song to move forward to be the ultimate winner.
Eurovision began airing in 1956 and over the years has featured legendary artists such as ABBA and Celine Dion. Although the 2020 season has been cancelled, you can still get a taste of the show’s pageantry via its official YouTube channel which features the full 2003 competition. Luckily the acts chosen to represent countries in 2020 will get their chance to shine when the competition resumes in 2021. You can also preview full versions of all the displaced songs on the channel.