What To Watch: Fri. 5/27 – Mon. 5/30

All times are Pacific.

Friday May 27th

Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays – 4pm MLB.TV: It’s always fun when these two get together.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors – 5:30pm ESPN: Game six with a chance for LeBron and company to close it out and head to the Finals.

Saturday May 28th

Champions League Final – 11:45am FOX: Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid in a rematch of the 2014 Champions League Final. Big stars on display and some very animated managers.

Los Angeles Dodgers at New York Mets – 4pm FOX: Primetime game between two teams that both plan on going deep into October. Bonus: Noah Syndergaard is throwing for the Mets.

Montreal Impact vs Los Angeles Galaxy – 5pm MLS.TV: Lot of veteran star power on the pitch in this one. While the Impact have struggled as of late, they still have Didier Drogba.

Colorado Rapids vs Philadelphia Union – 6pm: The top teams in the East heads to the Rockies to take on the top team in the West.

Steph CurryGolden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder – 6pm TNT: Game six and probably the toughest game the Splash Brothers will ever have to play in one of the most hostile environments in the NBA.

San Jose Earthquakes vs FC Dallas – 7:30pm MLS.TV: The Quakes sit seven points back of Dallas and a win here would go a long way towards closing that gap.

Sunday May 29th

Monaco Grand Prix – 5am NBCSN: It’s the greatest day in racing and it all gets started on the streets of Monaco.


Indianapolis 500 – 9am ABC:
it’s the one Indy Car race you watch all year and it is the 100th running and sold out for the first time in long time. James Hinchcliffe has the pole after a nasty crash in qualifying a year ago.

Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals – 11:45am MLB.TV: Awesome pitching matchup as left-handed ace Chris Sale heads to the mound for the Sox and Edinson Volquez heads out for the Royals.

Coca-Cola 600 – 3pm FOX: The third and final race of the day live, under lights in Charlotte.

Los Angeles Dodgers at New York Mets – 5pm ESPN2: Sunday Night Baseball from New York with Clayton Kershaw pitching for the Dodgers and Bartolo Colon going to the hill for the mets.

Monday May 30th

Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs – 2pm MLB.TV: Cubs may not be the hottest team in baseball anymore but they are still the best. This is one mean road trip for the boys in blue.

Joe ThortonStanley Cup Final – 5pm NBC: Game one from Pittsburgh as the Penguins meet the San Jose Sharks. It is the Sharks first time ever in the Final and also a first for Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau.

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What to Watch: Fri. 5/20 – Sun. 5/22

All times are Pacific.

Friday May 20th

Sidney CrosbyPittsburgh Penguins at Tampa Bay Lightning: 5pm NBCSN: Sidney Crosby and company look to go up 3-1 in the series. Should be easier since the Lighting’s have goaltender Ben Bishop and center Steven Stamkos out.

Chicago Cubs at San Francisco Giants – 7:15pm MLB.TV: The Cubs start their one and only regular season series in San Francisco tonight. Jake Arrieta goes for win number eight while the Giants have won their last eight.

Saturday May 21st

FA Cup Final – 9:30am FOX: Crystal Palace takes on Manchester United. Time to see if Louis Van Gaal gets some hardware before he leaves Old Trafford.

NYCFC vs NY Red Bulls – Noon FOX: The NYC Derby with NYCFC leading the Eastern Division.

Preakness Stakes – 3:40pm NBC: Well let’s see if Nyquist can get 2/3 of the Triple Crown knocked out.

St Louis Blues at San Jose Sharks – 4:15pm NBC: There is blood in the water and the Sharks are taking full advantage. This is really a make-or-break kind of game for the Blues.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors – 5:30 ESPN: Will the Cavs lose a playoff game this postseason?

Sunday May 22nd

Amgen Tour of California – 1pm NBCSN: The final stage of this years race wraps up in Sacramento, CA.

LA Galaxy vs San Jose Earthquakes – 4pm FS1: The California Classico wraps up Rivalry Week in MLS.

Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder – 5pm TNT: Pivotal game three.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Tampa Bay Lightning: 5pm NBCSN: Game 5,

Chicago Cubs at San Francisco Giants – 5pm ESPN: Madison Bumgarner heads to the mound for the NL West leading Giants.

What to Watch: Fri. 4/22 – Sun. 4/24

All times are Pacific.

Friday April 22nd

Philadelphia Flyers at Washington Capitals – 4pm NBCSN: The Caps look to close out the Flyers in only 5 games.

LA Dodgers at Colorado Rockies – 5:40pm MLB.TV: Believe it or not but these are the two top teams in the NL West.

San Jose Sharks at LA Kings – 7:30pm CNBC: Couple of years ago the Kings came back from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Sharks in the first round and go on to win the Stanley Cup. Just sayin.

 

Saturday April 23rd

Hertha BSC Berlin vs FC Bayern Munich – 6:30am FS2: Berlin is not going to catch Munich but would they sure love to give Dortmund a chance to.

Toronto Raptors at Indiana Pacers – Noon TNT: Raptors are up 2-1 but it hasn’t been easy by any means.

Montreal Impact vs Toronto FC – 1pm MLS.TV: Lots of talent on display along with the fact that these two cities don’t care for each other very much.

Nashville Predators at Anaheim Ducks – 3pm NBCSN: Series is tied 2-2 as they head back to SoCal. The road team has won ever game in this series. Weird.

St Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks – 5pm NBC: The Blackhawks staved off elimination to bring the series back to Chi-Town. Blues are still up 3-2. And yes, this series is turning into what we all hoped it would be.

 

LA Galaxy vs Real Salt Lake – 7:30pm MLS.TV: The best game in the West for your soccer Saturday.

UFC 197 – 7pm PPV: Jon Jones returns to the Octagon to take on Ovince Saint Preaux for the interim Light Heavyweight Title. Not enough? Fine. Demetrious Johnson defends his belt for the eighth time and former Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis goes up against Edson Barboza which should, let’s face it, be the best fight on the card.

LA Clippers at Portland Blazers – 7:30pm  ESPN: Clippers are up 2-0 but beating Portland in the Rose City is a whole ‘nother thing.

 

Sunday April 24th

San Jose Earthquakes vs Sporting KC – 12:30pm ESPN: These two are separated by a point in the standings and there is a whole lot of offensive firepower on display in this one.

Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets – 12:30pm ABC: Steph Curry should be back in this one for the Warriors.

Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros – 5pm ESPN: And some Sunday Night Baseball to cap off the weekend.

What To Watch: Thurs. 3/19-Sun. 3/22

All times are Pacific.

Thursday March 19th

UAB vs Iowa State – 9:45am TruTV: Why? Cause Iowa State has this knack of getting behind by double digits before coming back to win.

VCU vs Ohio State – 1:40pm TNT: This is that lovely 7 vs 10 matchup that always seems to ruin your brackett.

North Carolina vs Harvard – 4:20pm TNT: Harvard’s Head Coach is a former Duke player and assistant. Just sayin.

 

Friday March 20th

Northern Iowa vs Wyoming – 10:40am TBS: Wyoming isn’t bad and Northern Iowa may be the sleeper team of the tournament.

West Virginia vs Buffalo – 11:10am TNT: A lot of people (including the President of the United States) are picking Buffalo.

Iowa vs Davidson – 4:20pm TNT: Again, 7 vs 10 matchup. Always fun.

Detroit Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning – 4:30pm NHL Gamecenter: Both teams are fighting for better playoff seeding.

 

Saturday March 21st

Vancouver Canucks at LA Kings – 1pm NHL Gamecenter: Both teams are fighting to playoff position out west. The Kings trail the Canucks by 3 points in the Pacific division.

Utah vs Georgetown – 4:45pm CBS: Neither one of these teams gets a whole lotta love but both are pretty darn good. Winner has a great shot of going to the Elite 8.

Sporting KC vs Portland Timbers – 5:30 MLS LIVE: The last time these two teams met in KC it was goal extravaganza. Both need a win here.

Butler vs Notre Dame – 6:40p TBS: Would you want to play Butler? They are lights out from the free throw line at the end of a game.

 

Sunday March 22nd

Man U vs Liverpool

Liverpool vs Manchester United – 6:25am NBCSN: It’s one of the best rivalries in all of sports at one of the best venues. Can ‘Captain Fantastic’ Steven Gerrard go out with win against Wayne Rooney and Man U? Liverpool sits two points behind Man U for that coveted fourth spot in the league table.

St Louis Blues at Detroit Red Wings – 9am NBC: Just a solid game for a Sunday morning.

Michigan State vs Virginia – 9:10am CBS: This could be an unexpected/expected upset if you know what we mean.

Wichita State vs Kansas – 2:15pm CBS: A Sweet 16 & state bragging rights are on the line.

San Jose Earthquakes vs Chicago Fire – 4pm FS1: San Jose opens up their new facility, Avaya Stadium. They get to welcome back their former manager too.

Anaheim Ducks at NY Rangers – 4:30pm NBCSN: West meets east and two of the best teams in the NHL face off.

Northern Iowa vs Louisville – 6:40pm TBS: Like we said, Northern Iowa is good and now they have their Super Bowl winning alumni (Kurt Warner) giving pre game speeches. 

What To Watch Sat. 3/22-Sun. 3/23

Be advised, March Madness is in full swing. See it on TV and online throughout the weekend via CBS and Turner.

Saturday March 22nd

Chelsea vs Arsenal – 5:45am NBCSN: All aboard for some top flight soccer on a Saturday morning!

Tampa Bay Lightning @ Pittsburgh Penguins – 10am NHLN:  If ice, sticks and some of the world’s best players is more your thing then the NHL Network has you set on Saturday morning.

Montreal Canadiens @ Toronto Maple Leafs – 4pm NHLN: It’s the Habs vs the Leafs. They are both in playoff contention at the end of March. You’re welcome.

LA Galaxy @ Real Salt Lake – 1pm NBCSN: RSL has been nothing but good over the last four or five years. But so have the Galaxy. It’s a display of some of the leagues best players and two teams that don’t seem to like each other very much.

San Jose Earthquakes @ Sporting KC – 5:30pm MLS LIVE: Both teams are coming off of tough Champions League losses during the week. SKC is a tough place to play but San Jose is a tough team. Or as they say in Quakes territory, ‘Goonies never say die!’

Sunday March 23rd

St. Louis Blues @ Pittsburgh Penguins – 10am NHLN: Two of the best teams in the east face off in Pittsburgh.

Real Madrid  v Barcelona – Noon beIN Sports: El Clasico is on. Messi, Ronaldo, Bale, Fabregas and then some. See two of the best clubs square off with some of the best players on the planet.

Dan Henderson vs Shogun Rua – 4pm FS1: The last fight between the two was, in some circles, the best MMA fight…ever. So don’t miss rounds 6-10.

This Space Available

One of the most visible commercial spaces in all of sport is the front of the jersey. For years soccer clubs around the world have sold the space for a hefty amount. The idea is currently under advisement by NFL (which allows sponsors on practice jersey’s) and the NBA. But what happens when there are now buyers?

This is a question that the MLS has had to deal with ever since they allowed sponsors to buy the coveted space. Outside of the New York Red Bulls (which is officially called Red Bull New York) all but three clubs have sponsors on the front of their jersey’s. Funny thing is that two of those clubs are the top two clubs in the league (San Jose and Sporting KC). With three spots available why doesn’t the league, or the clubs, donate that space to charity?

There are plenty of worthy charities out that that would appreciate the exposure and the league along with the clubs could use the opportunity to enhance their stature in the country and the local community. There wouldn’t be much complaining among fans about seeing the Wounded Warrior Project or Big Brothers/ Big Sisters on the front of San Jose’s jersey. MLS could even place their own community works projects on the jersey’s.

Yes you could get into some political hot water if say the Sierra Club or the NRA wanted the space. That could hurt a league still fighting for relevancy in the US sports landscape but the up side of placing MDA on the front of a jersey or Action Against Hunger could do wonders for that club and the goodwill could help the MLS.

 

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