The best way to watch the biggest sports day of the year

Apr 27, 2015, 1:06 AM | Updated: May 19, 2016, 9:20 am
In this March 11, 2015, file photo, boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Manny Pacquiao, of the P...
In this March 11, 2015, file photo, boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, pose for photos after a news conference in Los Angeles. The two are scheduled to fight in Las Vegas on May 2. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

With six major sporting events in one day, some might call May 2nd the perfect sports storm. Football fans will be following the NFL draft while hockey fans watch the NHL semifinals. Baseball fans will be cheering on the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox while hoop lovers watch the NBA semifinals. Kentucky Derby fans will be watching the ‘Fastest Two Minutes in Sports’ while preparing for the highly anticipated Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight. With so many choices, it’s not only hard to decide what to watch, but how to watch the biggest day in sports.

Thankfully, we’ve outlined some scenarios to ensure you won’t miss a minute.

Throwing a party

There’s usually a bit of anxiety when throwing a party. Strange questions pop up like ‘What will people talk about?’ or ‘What if no one shows up?’ Luckily, throwing a party for the biggest day in sports guarantees plenty of conversation. Not to mention, every sports fan in the neighborhood will suddenly be your friend and ask for an invite.

Pro: You’ll be off the hook for throwing another party until at least Labor Day.

Con: There’s bound to be ‘That Guy’ standing in front of your flat screen TV when Pacquiao throws the first punch.

Extra tip: Make sure all of your technology is working at Warp-Speed. Now is not the time to be fiddling with the remote trying to get back and forth between channels.

Crashing a party

If throwing a party isn’t your thing, you could opt in for OPP (Other People’s Parties). There are definite pros and cons in this scenario.

Pro: No clean up and free snacks.

Con: You have no control over what or when to watch. Be prepared if the hostess hates Basketball and wants to watch the entire 9 innings of the Yankees vs. Red Sox. Friendships have been lost over lesser things.

The Winning Solution

A combination of the above makes watching the biggest sports day a blast. Start the day laid back and casual at O.P.P. then top the day off at home to watch the big fight.

Pro: You get the best of both worlds without risking friendships.

Con: Nothing.

Quick tip: Make sure to record all events and have the remote handy. You’ll definitely want to flip to the last 5 channels and watch 4 screens at once.


Sports Weekend for CenturyLink Switch With PaulHere’s a quick line up of the day’s events.

Kentucky Derby

It’s often called “The Greatest Two Minutes In Sports,” but derby coverage runs all weekend. Top picks in this year’s Run for the Roses are American Pharaoh, Dortmund and Carpe Diem.

NFL Draft

Rounds 4-7 of the NFL draft will solidify and round out next year’s teams. The draft marks the beginning of the die-hard fan’s cheering schedule. True football fans never miss the draft.

NBA Semifinals

As NBA teams march toward the semifinals the brackets narrow and tension rises between the East and the West. (more to be added when teams are announced.)

Yankees vs. Red Sox

For over a hundred years, the Yankees and the Red Sox have spurred heated debates between friends and fans. The Red Sox were victorious over the Yankees this year after 7 hours and 19 innings. This game is sure to bring the heat.

NHL Semifinals

The fight for the Stanley Cup is one of the most unpredictable games in sports. Plus, the anticipation of a few punches thrown adds extra watch appeal.

Speaking of throwing punches…

The main event on May 2nd is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated boxing match of the century.

Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao

The Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight already has it’s own Wikipedia page. Since 2009, boxing fans have been waiting for this matchup and promoters are predicting it will be the highest-grossing fight of all time. Showtime and HBO will be offering it on pay-per-view so everyone can have a front row seat, even if it’s in your living room.

It isn’t often sports fans can choose among baseball, football, basketball, hockey, horseracing and boxing all on one day. Luckily, technology has evolved so you don’t have to miss a thing, check out the full Prism TV Channel lineup here.

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The best way to watch the biggest sports day of the year