Local Sports Availability Report for:

Springfield, IL 62746  

This location appears to be within range of a few local professional sports teams...

Some of these teams are subject to blackout restirctions if you are not able to watch them on their regional networks. Local channels such as CBS, ABC and FOX can be viewed with an antenna.

TeamLeagueRegional NetworkBlackouts?
St Louis BluesNHLFox Sports Midwest  Typically, Yes
St Louis CardinalsMLBFox Sports Midwest  Typically, Yes

Getting Around Blackouts with a VPN

Removing Blackout Restrictions

Luckily, there is a way for those of us that want to ditch Cable TV yet can't live without our local sports teams. The technology is called a VPN, and it allows you to mask the internet's IP address (how the teams determine if you are within their "range" or not) of your home.

Our favorite VPN service — and one of the most respected — is ExpressVPN. I use ExpressVPN, so I can personally vouch for them.

A VPN hides where you actually are on the internet. After purchasing their service, you get an IP address that is registered from some far-away place (think Germany or Italy), and that IP is entered into your home internet broadband router. This IP address acts as a disguise to the various major sports teams that attempt to "Blackout" their streaming services for those of us that can simply watch it on TV. Now, this is not a problem for most unless 1) You don't have cable, or 2) You don't want cable.

* If you want to consider a different VPN service, you can view a more complete list here.

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In order to watch local sports teams through the internet on your TV, you will need a streaming device like these and an internet connection. These devices can play MLB.tv, NHL TV and NBA League Pass.

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