7 tips for sports nuts to cut their cable and satellite umbilical cords

Thanks to Hulu, Netflix and other video streaming devices, many are thinking about cutting their cable and satellite cords.
But what if you’re a sports nut and you need that multigame MLB or NFL package?
Nowadays there are plenty of Web sites that stream live sporting events. With a wireless home network, those games can also be streamed from a PC to a TV.
And if you missed the big game, you can always stream the endless amount of highlights per day on YouTube.
Here are some reasons to be optimistic that live events will become as commonplace as Family Guy episodes on Hulu.

It’s impossible to watch regular ol’ ESPN or ESPN2 without seeing promotions for their robust web counterpart. With the right broadband service – check online to see if yours is compatible – you can view live games from NCAA basketball and football to soccer and cricket.

Take me out to the ballgame? Nah, I’ll stay home and watch any game I want, in high-def, thank you. With a subscription to MLB.tv’s premium service, you can view just about any live game during the season, plus archived games to download in the off-season, in 720p resolution. Last year the package cost $110 for the full season, and video service included in-game DVR capability and picture-in-picture.

March Madness got madder in recent years as hordes of Dilberts slowed down their office networks with CBS.com’s live, on-demand NCAA men’s basketball tournament coverage. And they can click the boss button to minimize the screen in case of emergency.

NFL Network has shown Thursday and Saturday night games the last few years, but the channel is a premium on some cable services. Head to NFL.com and stream those games, along with in-game studio analysis. Sunday Night Football on NBC was also simulcast on the Web site last season.

Michael Phelps wasn’t the only one to make a big splash at the 2008 Beijing Games. NBC delivered more than 2,200 hours of live and taped video coverage to the Web for the Summer Olympics. For the recent 2010 Vancouver Winter Games, the Website added full-screen playback.

Praise to the Masters folks for their recent introduction of live non-stop coverage of every group that comes through Augusta National’s famed Amen Corner.

The home for featured weekly NBA games on TV offers a handful of games each year streamed live, with more camera angles.