Before we begin with the opinion piece, Jon Jones, who most recently won the UFC’s Light Heavyweight championship in February vs. Dominick Reyes in UFC 247’s main event in Houston, was arrested early Thursday morning by police in Albuquerque, NM on charges of driving while impaired, illegal use of a firearm, possession of an open container, and no proof of insurance.
Jones was released later in the day and is currently awaiting an Apr. 8 bond arraignment hearing.
Onward to our main focus of the day:
With COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, putting sports on pause as far as live events go, sports organizations have helped soften the blow by offering their own in-house streaming services at no charge temporarily.
Case in point: The National Football League is currently offering a free preview of its NFL Game Pass service through Sunday, May 31, giving viewers the chance to watch archived games from the 2009 through 2019 NFL seasons.
The NBA has also temporarily offered a free preview to its League Pass service, featuring games from the 2019-20 season and years past through Tuesday, Apr. 22.
World Wrestling Entertainment is offering a free preview for the moment of its WWE Network streaming service, which includes the two-night WrestleMania 36 on Saturday Apr. 4 and Sunday, Apr. 5.
Under normal circumstances, WWE Network offers a one-month free preview for its newest subscribers anyway, including upcoming pay-per-views.
Major League Baseball is offering a temporary free preview of MLB.TV, plus presented #OpeningDayAtHome on Mar. 26, with its various social channels and YouTube page streaming past games along with MLB’s TV partners, FS1, ESPN2, and MLB Network, televising archived ballgames and in the case of ESPN2, past Home Run Derbies.
As of yet, UFC Fight Pass, the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s streaming video service which offers a week’s free trial, is not offering a temporary free preview of its content—but I think it’s time for Dana White and the promotion to change that.
With multiple states in this country on virtual lockdown for the time being through executive stay at home orders, aside from going to the grocery store and going out for a walk to get some fresh air, people are going to be homebound for now.
Now that people are staying inside and practicing social distancing, they’ll be turning and are turning to streaming services like Netflix and Hulu to get their entertainment.
As sports fans, we’re turning to the cable channels and league-specific cable channels to get our fix of competition, old games or not.
Fans of mixed martial arts turn to Fight Pass for archived events at any time.
At this particular time, a free preview of Fight Pass would be welcome.
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