The Louisville Cardinals men’s basketball represents the University of Louisville in the NCAA Division I and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). It can be challenging for cardinals fans to follow every game on television because some games aren’t televised, but it is worth noting that there are places on the internet that allow fans to watch Louisville basketball games online for free.
ESPN is a premier US sports network with the exclusive rights to broadcast various sports leagues on cable TV. Streaming Louisville basketball games online, or any other live event on ESPN, require you to have a cable subscription with a participating internet partner. It is not always possible to watch high viewership broadcasts, like NBA games, but fans can access college sports, like the NCAA and less-popular US sports, like cricket and Major League Soccer. Without a cable subscription, you can only watch events clips for free on ESPN.GO.com/video.
Fans can also use the ESPN app, WatchESPN, to stream live events or game replays the morning after they air, provided you have a live account or subscription. To watch your favorite team live in action, WatchESPN offers a list of upcoming events with a “Watch Now” link beside every event. Simply go to the event that you want to stream and click on that link. You will be prompted to select your cable provider, and then login to access the content. This gives you access to ESPN’s Gamecast with video, statistics, and other shows available for streaming from their channels, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN2, ESPN3, WESPN, ESPN Buzzer Beater, and ESPNU.
CBS Sports – College Live Sports
Without a cable subscription to a participating provider, you will not have access to the Louisville Cardinals basketball live stream, or any other college basketball event on ESPN. Fortunately, you can watch the Cardinals’ NCAA and ACC games on CBS College Live Sports. College Live Sports is a stand-alone paid subscription service that allows you to stay connected to your favorite schools by providing live access and on-demand coverage of over 100 schools, programming for 30 men’s and women’s sports, and 18,000 live events from college sports.
The monthly subscription of $9.95 and annual subscription of $99.95 also gives you access to highlights and scores packages, press conferences, and coaches shows. Other benefits include an ainteractive programming guide, browser compatibility with select Android and iOS devices, a dedicated app to follow events on the go, option to set favorite school preferences, and advanced search capabilities to let you sort out live/free/VOD and premium content.
It is worth noting that some basketball games are only available as audio feeds, because the service aggregates and broadcasts sports from regional networks and from conference channels, including the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big 10 Network, and Pac-12 Network.
NCAA March Madness
Events aired on CBS play automatically when you visit the NCAA March Madness Live website during game time, even if you do not have cable, so you can watch UL basketball games live, provided they air on CBS. To view other game streams, fans must have cable subscription authentication, which basically means that you need a username and password associated with an active subscription TV account.
However, the NCAA gives fans a 4-hour grace period for restricted games, referred to as live video pass, which provides fans with four free hours of tournament action availed on cable channels besides CBS. The video player alerts viewers how much free game viewing time is remaining on the 4-free hours available. March Madness also avails all games on-demand after the competition, irrespective of the network that carried that game, without a requirement for cable subscription.
If there are multiple events taking place simultaneously, you can choose to use your iOS or Android mobile device as a second screen by installing the March Madness Live app for Android or Apple devices. The app is available for free, though a cable authentication is required to watch live streams of events broadcast on other channels besides CBS. The app also offers the 4-hour free pass to stream events without a subscription, in addition to offering game replays, video highlights, real-time game alerts, live stats, real-time tournament brackets, live game scoring, and personal channel line-up features.
First Row Sports
Other places you may consider to watch Louisville basketball online for free are First Row Sports, Justin TV, and Ustream. Front Row Sports is a particularly reliable platform that gives you access to all major sports tournaments and events from around the globe. It has a very easy user interface, where you can simply select a menu option to find a particular event in its category, like NFL football, college football, and racing live, to stream it live, or check out the archived videos of previous events and tournaments for all sports, without having to subscribe.