Things to Do at Home: Sports Streaming, Documentaries & More

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Break out your face paint for at-home streaming, sports documentaries, classic games, and more things to do at home.

Stuck at home and looking for your sports fix? We’ve got you covered with our list of places to find your favorite team’s games, throwback events, and award-winning documentaries that will help you find something to root for from the comfort of your couch.

Streaming Services

  • NBA League Pass – Catch action from any of this season’s basketball games, as well as a selection of classic battles back to the late 60s during a free preview of NBA League Pass through April 2020.
  • NFL Game Pass – Turn back the clock and watch gridiron action from 2009 to present day, along with NFL Original programming thanks to complimentary access to NFL’s streaming platform through May 2020.
  • MLB.TV – While we await Opening Day, Major League Baseball is offering up all games from 2018 and 2019 for free streaming through MLB.TV. Head over to their YouTube channel to catch full classic games, including Opening Day thrillers.
  • NHL – Carve out some time for replays of all 2019-2020 regular season games through NHL.TV, and stop by NHL’s YouTube channel for classic games, behind-the-scenes programs, and fan-favorite shows.
  • MLS – Tune into Major League Soccer’s offerings, including a slate of classic matches, full matches on YouTube, and more content celebrating the league’s 25th anniversary.

Classic Games & Programs

  • YouTube – In addition to offerings from the country’s top leagues, YouTube can satisfy the strongest sports cravings with classic games from leagues like MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, World Cup, and March Madness, among many others you can find.
  • ESPN+ – The subscription service ($4.99 per month) hosts a massive archive of classic sports, original programs, and exclusive offerings, including the full 30 For 30 documentary catalog that captures some of sports’ biggest moments and personalities.

Streaming Sports Documentaries

  • Ken Burns’ Baseball | PBS – The award winning filmmaker takes a deep dive into the history of America’s pastime to uncover its epic heroes, scandals, and place within society.
    The filmmaker’s deep dive into the history of America’s pasttime is available for free on PBS.
  • Diego Maradona | HBO – This 2019 documentary weaves archival footage, interviews, and rarely seen footage of the legendary Maradona as he lifts Italian club Napoli to soccer glory—and then falls from the top.
  • Free Solo | Amazon Prime – Follow the audacious story of Alex Honnold as he prepares to become the first person to scale the 3,200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without ropes or safety equipment in this Oscar-winning documentary film.
  • Icarus | Netflix – This eye-opening, thrilling story won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature and follows director Bryan Fogel who sets out to first-hand test the effectiveness of doping in cycling, before unraveling in a diplomatic nightmare that nets the director in a high-stakes scenario with the Russian scientist that directed the country’s Olympics doping program in 2014.
  • Cheer | Netflix – This binge-worth series takes a very personal look into the ultra-competitive, high-stakes world of cheerleading, centered on on the top-ranked programs in the nation, the Navarro College Bulldogs Cheer Team from Corsicana, Texas.
  • Hoop Dreams | HBO – The 1994 Sundance Audience Award winner and Academy Award-nominated documentary chronicles five years in the lives of two young inner-city basketball stars as they each chase their dream of playing professional ball in the NBA.
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Justin Jerkins
A longtime Houstonian, Justin Jerkins always keeps an eye out for what's ahead on Houston's horizon while serving as Editor-in-Chief of 365 Things to Do in Houston. When he's not passing along the latest events, destinations and hidden treasures in H-Town, he loves diving into the city's food scene, shopping local and learning about Houston's rich history.