The Sun Belt metropolis of Phoenix, Arizona isn’t synonymous with rich history and tradition, but their NFL team is an exception. The Arizona Cardinals are the oldest professional football team in the United States. The franchise traces its roots back to 1898 and became a charter member of the National Football League in 1920. The team first played in Racine, Illinois before moving to Chicago upon their entry into the NFL in 1920. The Cardinals and the Chicago Bears are the only charter members of the league still in existence today. In 1960, the Cardinals relocated to St. Louis, Missouri and played there for the next 27 seasons. In 1987, the team headed West to Phoenix, Arizona first playing as the ‘Phoenix Cardinals’ before adopting the name they use today.
The longevity of the Cardinals franchise doesn’t equate with success, however, and the team has endured mostly losing seasons throughout its history. They won two pre-merger NFL championships (1925, 1947) and played in the 2008 Super Bowl as NFC Champions. Their record of playoff futility is one of the worst in all of professional sports–eight playoff appearances in 118 years of existence. The Cardinals have never made more than two postseason appearances in any decade though the team’s fortunes appear to be on the upswing, making the playoffs in 2008 and 2009. The team came maddeningly close to a postseason berth in 2013, and the 2014 Cardinals look to be legitimate playoff contenders as well.
Until the Arizona Cardinals moved into the retractable roof University of Phoenix Stadium in 2006 the harsh desert climate made for some difficulty in scheduling for the NFL. Hoping to minimize the impact of the hot temperatures and relentless sunshine, the NFL scheduled the Cardinals to open the season on the road for several weeks to postpone their home opener as late as possible. In addition, Arizona played their home opener at night for well over a decade (1988-2001). That’s no longer an issue in the new facility where the roof can be opened or closed depending on the prevailing weather conditions.
The city of Phoenix was slow to warm up to the Cardinals, though by now the fast growing area has a team in all four major US sports leagues. After a long struggle to gain the affection of Arizona fans, the Cardinals are now the most popular team in the area ahead of the NBA Phoenix Suns and MLB Arizona Diamondbacks. Fans get the opportunity to watch Cardinals football game live on television frequently with all games broadcast in the Phoenix metro area. The team plays on national TV quite a bit as well. Finding an Arizona Cardinals live stream is more difficult, but that’s the case with every team in the NFL. The league keeps a tight rein on broadcast policy that results in the NFL’s network partners offering very little in the way of live streaming. The NFL’s ‘Sunday Ticket’ premium package offers both television and digital streaming, but it’s very expensive. It’s easier to listen to Cardinals live radio from the team’s flagship station on KMVP 860 AM. Live radio broadcasts are streamed on the KMVP website as well as the Cardinals’ website.
The best option is to watch Arizona Cardinals online free of charge with one of the many live sports streams available on the Internet. Streams are available for virtually every sport, league and team in the world. With the NFL’s massive worldwide popularity, it’s especially easy to find a pro football stream. A number of websites index available live sports streams including Wiziwig.tv, Firstrowsports, vipboxsports, Stream2watch, sports lemon tv and others. The directory websites index the streams by league and you can be watching the Arizona Cardinals live in just a matter of minutes.
Once you find the Arizona Cardinals live stream you have several other options to provide the best possible viewing experience. You can select from a number of stream bandwidth speeds which allows you to select the one that works best with your Internet connection and computer setup. The easiest way to watch a live stream is on your computer and with a large monitor and decent sound system its just as good as HDTV. There are other ways to watch the game, however, including on your smartphone/tablet or streaming to your television set with a device such as the Roku Player, Google Chromecast or Apple Fire TV. No matter how you decide to watch there’s no better way to catch every Arizona Cardinals game all season long!