Batter Up: The Summer Sports TV Guide
Summer is finally at our doorsteps! This means backyard barbecues, trips to the beach and a plethora of sports on TV. Ok, yes, it may be hard to wait for the return of football season, but that doesn't mean that you need to take a complete hiatus from sports.
If you're not a fan of getting sweaty out on the softball field, have a decent air conditioning system and a cable package that includes sports channels, you can easily enjoy the best the athletic world has to offer from the comfort of your couch.
These exciting events will keep your competitive juices flowing this summer:
Champions League Final
When you think of a relaxing afternoon spent watching the sports channel, you probably don't picture yourself cheering on a soccer team. At least, you don't if you're like most Americans. But if you've previously cast off this athletic pursuit as boring, it might be time to give it another try. The Champions League Final presents the perfect opportunity to accomplish just that, as it is the premiere soccer event in Europe. Held in London, the 2013 Champions League Final promises plenty of excitement for at-home spectators, with German teams Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund duking it out for the chance to represent the league at the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup.
The premier post-season tournament for the National Basketball Association, the NBA Playoffs bring together the best of the best in American basketball. These playoff games culminate in the NBA Finals, which is essentially the Super Bowl of basketball. For 2013, the Miami Heat enter the playoffs as a clear front-runner, having ended the regular season with an impressive 66 wins. The participants in this year's finals are still yet to be determined, but could include the Miami Heat, the New York Knicks, the San Antonio Spurs, the Memphis Grizzlies or the Indiana Pacers, all of which have performed impressively in their respective conference semi-finals.
Tour de France
The Tour de France remains, by far, the most exciting event in cycling. This year, the race will likely be dominated with constant talk of Lance Armstrong and his big drug scandal. Further playing into the drug discussion will be the return of Alberto Contador. The winner of the 2007 and 2009 races, Contador was suspended for two years as a result of failed drug testing. Now that he's back, and supposedly clean, can Contador achieve a third victory?
MLB All-Star Game
Baseball season is underway, so, if you enjoy this sport, you have a multitude of viewing opportunities. But if you prefer to only catch a few games, there's one you will definitely not want to miss this summer: the MLB All-Star Game. Hosted by the New York Mets in 2013, this year's game promises to be an excellent halfway mark for the baseball season. It's still too early to know who will have the honor of playing this year, but current predictions include Carlos Santana from the Cleveland Indians, the Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado, and of course, current king of popularity Yu Darvish from the Texas Rangers.
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