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4 Ways to Fit the Premier League Into Your Busy Life

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With four kids, business meetings galore, writing for EPL Talk and managing the bloggers who write for the other eight sites in the network, my home life can be a bit of a shambles at times. I finally did my 2009 taxes in August. The house is a mess. My to-do list is way too long. And, to be honest, most of it is due to my insatiable appetite for soccer. I love the sport and work on this site so much, sometimes to the detriment of the more important things in life.

Thankfully, I’ve been able to make some big progress this season and I’m finally beginning to get more accomplished at home and in my life while still being able to watch soccer. This season, for the first time ever, I’ve completely changed my viewing habits when it comes to the Premier League. No longer am I chained to the TV set in my living room. I’ve been able to break free so I can still accomplish watching my soccer but also to have time getting chores done and errands run.

Here’s my list of timesavers when it comes to fitting in the Premier League into a busy schedule:

  • ESPN3.com and FoxSoccer.tv. These two online websites are a godsend for providing a way to watch games either at work or anywhere a computer is. I’ve been able to watch Premier League games while at  a Starbucks, in my office and from a hotel. FoxSoccer.tv is $15/month but with it and Fox Soccer Channel (and ESPN3.com), you can guarantee that you won’t miss a Premier League match all season. ESPN3.com is free if your ISP has a deal with ESPN.
  • the excellent half-time and post-match highlights provided by Premier League Productions, which can be seen on FoxSoccer.tv, Fox’s broadband channel. I’ve become really addicted to how wonderful the content is. The segment, which is backed with Kasabian’s wonderful Fire song, features the following just seconds after the half-time and full-time whistles end: Goals, match highlights and statistics. If there are several matches happening at the same time, I can flip from game to game on FoxSoccer.tv and catch the highlights without having to watch the entire game (unless I really want to),
  • the brilliant FoxSoccer iPhone app. Yes, it’s ridiculous that Fox is currently charging users $7.99/month to access the streaming video and video highlights even if you pay $15/month for FoxSoccer.tv, but this app is worth every penny. While I love FoxSoccer.tv, despite its unreliability at times, I’m still tied to it with a laptop and it’s hard to take the laptop with me when I’m traveling. But with the FoxSoccer iPhone app, I’ve been able to watch games while in a car dealership waiting room, standing in line for 2.5 hours getting my passport renewed, sitting at a traffic light while running errands and sitting in the back of a cab as it drove through Chicago on the way to O’Hare Airport. In addition to streaming live all of the same Premier League and Champions League games that FoxSoccer.tv airs, the FoxSoccer iPhone app also features video highlights of the games that FoxSoccer.tv airs, which are usually available just a few minutes after games end.
  • Google Reader. While Google Reader doesn’t stream Premier League games or provide highlights, what it does do is compile all of the Premier League news from websites that I subscribe to, courtesy of RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds. While I don’t expect you to be as addicted as I am to find the latest news that EPL Talk readers should know about (I’ve scanned more than 300,000 articles in the past 12 months), you can customize Google Reader to appeal to your tastes and let the news come to you, rather than you comb sites for news itself.

Now don’t get me wrong. I still get a chance to watch full Premier League games each week, but certainly not as many as I used to. But I don’t feel like I’ve been left out. Instead of waiting for the Premier League Review Show or Match Of The Day to see the highlights from the games, I end up watching them on my mobile phone.

As a bonus tip, be sure to get the EPL Talk iPhone app if you haven’t already done so. It’s free and features all of our blog posts, comments, EPL Talk Podcast episodes, photos and Twitter updates.

What tips do you have to save time so you can fit the Premier League into your busy life? Share them in the comments section below.

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11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. eplnfl

    November 9, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    The I-phone has been a big help ootunes was cited above and you can find BBC London Sports with live broadcasts every weekend of EPL matches. Talk Sport Radio and their wrap around coverage is a great bonus for when your in your car. We are now lucky enough that we are to keep up with the EPL action on the go.

    I have to say that the EPL Talk podcast is exceptional. It is out by Sunday evening and has the right mix between the big game focus and discussion of the rest of the action. When you consider it’s produced on this side of the pond it’s really best in class!

  2. mark willis

    November 9, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    As a Yank trying to follow the EPL, especially Liverpool, EPL Talk podcasts are my best source. You get that kind of conversation you hear around NFL that you don’t have on soccer in America. Foxsoccertv is great too, especially the replays. I can watch at nights after the kids are in bed and don’t have to worry about accidentally hearing the scores before I watch! I wish some of the apps were available for Iphone were on for Android. Thanks for helping this Yank follow real football!

  3. Andrew

    November 8, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    At the risk of seeming self-serving, I’ve been trying to start up a website that allows users to rate matches they’ve watched, which will then allow others who’ve not yet seen the match to get an idea of whether it’s any good without any spoilers. It’s soccerworthwatching.blogspot.com

    We’re in the early stages right now and, more than anything, we need folks to rate the matches they’ve seen, so please do.

    • Jim

      November 9, 2010 at 12:05 am

      Wow- I was thinking of suggesting that EPL Talk provide just such a service. I know I can’t be the only soccer fan with 6 games on DVR and only time enough to watch two of them.

      Glad to see this might happen.

  4. Nevets

    November 8, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Another outlet is radio / audio feeds of matches and football shows from the UK. I use ooTunes and have found it very useful in following the Premier League and the lower divisions. On any given weekend you can find 3 or 4 live marches that are not blocked from a live stream abroad.

  5. Jason Gatties

    November 8, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Not an issue for me right now, I’m laid off. But when I was busy working, I simply utilized the internet for any mid-week Fulham fixtures. My boss didn’t have a big issue with it as long as I got my work done and he would often join me in my office to watch the matches. If Fulham weren’t involved, then I would DVR it because watching a team live other than Fulham isn’t a high priority with me.

  6. Vious

    November 8, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    The FoxSoccer iPhone app is getting TORN APART on iTunes ratings wise as MANY people seem outraged at being told to pay yet another subscription for the streaming service

    If FoxSoccer is smart, they will start letting FoxSoccer.tv subscribers to view the games on their iPhone app

    • Robert Hay

      November 8, 2010 at 3:05 pm

      I agree with this comment, I think Fox Soccer needs to revamp its mobile strategy. Not being able to watch Fox Soccer matches on FoxSoccer.tv app is unfortunate to say the least.

  7. Paul Kelly

    November 8, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Gaffer:

    What are some of your go-to RSS feeds for EPL news? Thanks!

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