The Kodi media center is very popular for those looking to cut the cord and manage their own media. Pretty much anything your TV can do, Kodi can do better, and among those things is its ability to stream sports – from sources familiar, obscure, and sometimes a little shady.
Whether you want to stream NFL on ESPN, watch the latest games in the English Premier League, or watch live streams of the UFC and boxing, you can do it all here. We’ll show you our favorite Kodi add-ons for sports and how to install them.
Installing Official Add-ons
The process for installing official add-ons is much the same for each of those we have listed in this article:
- On the Kodi home screen, click “Add-ons” in the pane on the left
- On the next page, click the “Package installer” icon (unpacked box) at the top left
- Click “Install from repository”
- Click “Kodi Add-on repository”
- Click “Video add-ons”
- Select the add-on you want from the list, then click “Install”
With that in mind, let’s proceed!
1. ESPN 3
With the unofficial ESPN add-on for the Kodi media center, users can authenticate with their cable provider to access premium content directly from ESPN on Kodi. Additionally, there are options to select from content that ESPN makes available on modern, proprietary media center apps (Android TV, Apple TV, etc.).
The ESPN 3 add-on is probably the biggest and most feature-rich of all the Kodi sports add-ons. Users can expect normal ESPN 3 sports streams, as well as archived content and premium sports-related content.
2. NBC Sports Live Extra
NBC Sports Live Extra is an add-on for Kodi that allows users to gain access to normal NBC network sports broadcasts of all kinds. This includes networks that are owned in some way by the network as a whole (The Golf channel, etc.). Live channels include Golf, Racing, the Olympics, and even broadcasts of sport talk shows like NASCAR America and the like.
Unfortunately, the NBC Sports Live Extra tool does not have the ability to play archived events, nor does it support archiving material in any way. Regardless, this tool is a very good addition to any sports fan’s media center.
Installing Unofficial Add-ons
These add-ons are managed by communities of Kodi users and gather sports coverage from channels all over the world in one convenient place. They usually contain a broader variety of content than the official add-ons above, but be warned that not everything contained therein is legal. These sometimes pull coverage from subscription services, making it illegal for you to watch them. Furthermore, these add-ons are also prone to being taken down due to copyright infringement.
So yes, there’s plenty of good stuff here, and much of it is legal, but proceed at your own risk!
To install these add-ons, you’ll need to install the zips for the relevant repositories first. To do this:
- Go to “Settings -> File Manager -> Add source”
- Enter the name of the repository into the window and click “OK” to download the repo
- From the Kodi home screen, click “Add-ons” then the Package Installer icon at the top left
- Select “Install from zip file” then select the repository you just downloaded
- Once it’s installed, go to Package Installer then ‘”Install from repository” select the repository containing the add-on you want, then select and install that add-on
3. Maverick TV
The sports repo of the moment, Maverick TV, has a wealth of sports streaming choices with a particular focus on football (soccer) and the NFL. Along with providing links directly to live streams, it also streams all the biggest sports channels out there, including more niche ones revolving around WWE and boxing. Streams boot up almost instantaneously, are almost never choppy, and the quality isn’t half-bad either (even though you shouldn’t use 1080p streaming on every channel).
4. Sports Mix
For those looking for the be-all-end-all of Kodi sports streaming tools, there is Sports Mix. This tool has a massive collection of sports-related streams from different countries. It’s a giant list, and there’s not really a timely way to list every single stream that users can access.
Users can watch streams from sources such as Sky Sports, ESPN, and other various sport channels, both those personally maintained by fans as well as TV broadcast streams. Those having trouble finding good sport channels to stream on Kodi will love this Sports Mix.
Cord-cutters know the struggle of watching sports. A lot of networks don’t broadcast to the Internet that well, and when they do, it’s usually pretty complicated to get it all in one place. That’s why these Kodi sport add-ons are so great. Though they might be iffy, and the streams might not be perfect, they get the job done and allow people who don’t watch cable or network television to keep up with their favorite teams.