NBA LEAGUE PASS Review

Are you ready to watch 40 games per week? *And the NBA fans go wild*

NBA LEAGUE PASS
Plan
Season price
Details
$249.99
/yr
$199.99
/yr
$119.99
/yr
$59.99
/yr
Chantel Buchi
Staff Writer, TV & Streaming
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Published on October 21, 2021
5 min read

NBA LEAGUE PASS is your ticket to watch every regular-season game this 2021–2022 season.  With only a few exceptions, you will have front-row access to nearly every game—with the simple click of a button. 

Depending on the type of fan you are (fantasy player, dedicated to one team, old school/lifer, etc.), we’re going to show you what you get with NBA LEAGUE PASS and guide you in your decision of which plan is best for you.

How much does NBA LEAGUE PASS cost?

Pay for one team or the entire league for less than a pair of game tickets

There are four different NBA LEAGUE PASS plans to fit your basketball needs—whether you’re a Fantasy player, a diehard Utah Jazz fan, or someone who likes to spend most of their nights watching basketball from October to June. 

The NBA LEAGUE PASS PREMIUM subscription is worth the extra $50 if you’d rather watch what’s happening in the stadium during commercial breaks. It’s also the plan you want if you’re sharing your subscription with one other person. You and your sibling can both stream NBA LEAGUE PASS on your smartphone without booting each other off.

PS: If you choose to subscribe to a live TV streaming service that has NBA LEAGUE PASS, like fuboTV or YouTube TV, you’ll be able to stream on three devices at once.

How much is NBA LEAGUE PASS?
Features
Price$249.99/yr.$199.99/yr.$119.99/yr.$59.99/yr.
Watch live games in HDYesYesYesYes
Live NBA TV gamesNoNoNoYes
Access to full-length and condensed game replaysYesYesYes (for the team of your choice)No
Classic and archived games on-demandYesYesNoNo
Commercial freeYesNoNoNo
Home and away team broadcast feedsYesYesYesNo
Listen to select games in alternate languagesYesYesYesYes
Watch on two devices at the same timeYesNoNoNo
Details

Data effective 10/20/2021.  Price and channel inclusion vary according to location.

Should I get NBA LEAGUE PASS?

If you want access to all regular-season out-of-market NBA games for the 2021–2022 season, this is your next subscription. 

If you’re an avid NBA fan and you’ll use NBA LEAGUE PASS for at least half of the games, the regular NBA LEAGUE PASS subscription is probably going to be perfect for you. 

But most likely you’re a hardcore NBA fan if you’re reading this and you expect to catch at least 80% of all of the games. So, get the PREMIUM plan because you won’t have to watch commercials! You get to watch from the courtside instead as if you’re at the game. 

You’ll also want PREMIUM if you and your friend will be splitting the bill and want to watch from your own smartphone, tablet, or smart TV. 

If you’d love to revisit classic games like Bird vs. Magic in ‘87, Jordan making a name for himself in ‘91, or some of Shaq and Kobes’ early 2000s games, you’ll get access to all of them with both the regular and premium service of NBA LEAGUE PASS.

What is the NBA LEAGUE PASS blackout?

Depending on where you live, specific broadcast networks are licensed to play regional teams. That means NBA LEAGUE PASS is restricted from airing those games in those locations until three hours after the event has ended.

So, you can’t watch your local team live if you live in the same TV market, and you can’t stream games broadcast on ABC, ESPN, NBA TV, or TNT.

Our solution to this is to subscribe to a cable, satellite, or live TV streaming service that has ABC, ESPN, NBA TV, and TNT, as well as an option to add-on NBA LEAGUE PASS to your service.

Not unlike the Los Angeles Lakers ridiculous lineup, you too can get the whole package.

Should I get NBA Single Game?

If you only have eyes for your San Antonio Spurs or your Boston Celtics, the TEAM PASS is a good choice.

Whatever your team, whether you grew up in New York, and you moved to Seattle for a job—you’ll likely want TEAM PASS to watch all of the Brooklyn Nets games. 

But if you happen to stay in New York because it’s hard to leave the bagels and the pizza, TEAM PASS won’t be your friend because many games will be blacked out for your area.

How can I watch all of the NBA games?

Our solution to never missing an NBA game is to subscribe to NBA LEAGUE PASS with a live TV streaming service or a cable or satellite TV provider. We can help you decide which one is best for you

Our top picks go in order as they show on the table. We chose YouTube TV as our favorite option for watching NBA games because it has ABC,  ESPN, NBA TV, and TNT in its channel lineup for the best price. 

So if any games are blacked out from NBA LEAGUE PASS, you can watch them on one of those four channels. This means you’ll be able to watch every single NBA game with YouTube TV and NBA LEAGUE PASS!

If you’d like another TV option for watching Joel Embiid and Steph Curry, check out How to Get the NBA on TV.

Which TV providers have NBA LEAGUE PASS?
TV provider
Type
Monthly price
Available channels
Learn more
YouTube TVStreaming$64.99*85
Xfinity TV

Cable

$49.99–$89.49/mo.140–220+
FuboLive TV streaming $64.99–$79.99/mo.105–155+
DISH

Satellite

$64.99–$99.99/mo.190–290+
Sling

Live TV streaming

$35.00–$50.00/mo.30–50+
Spectrum TVCable$44.99–$94.99/mo.125–200+
Verizon Fios TV

Fiber

$65.00–105.00/mo.125–425+
DIRECTV

Satellite

$64.99–$134.99/mo.160–330+
Data as of 11/11/21. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* Data as of 11/11/21. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.

Data effective 10/20/2021.

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How can I stream NBA LEAGUE PASS?

Whether you’re watching the game at home with your roommates, waiting for your kid to finish dance practice, or you’re working late, you need to know which streaming devices support your LeBron James-watching.

You can use the following smartphones, tablets, connected devices, and gaming consoles to watch NBA LEAGUE PASS:

  • iPhone (iOS 10.0 and higher)
  • iPad (iOS 10.0 and higher)
  • Android phone (version 5 and above)
  • Android tablet (version 5 and above)
  • Kindle Fire
  • Roku 3 and above
  • Apple TV
  • Android TV
  • Amazon Fire TV and Fire Stick
  • Xbox One
  • PlayStation 3 and 4

How does NBA LEAGUE PASS work?

Allow us to demonstrate just how much basketball is at your fingertips with NBA LEAGUE PASS:

Recap: Is NBA LEAGUE PASS worth it?

NBA LEAGUE PASS is a gift to NBA fans everywhere. For the price of less than two game tickets, you can get all of the out-of-market NBA games straight to your TV. 

It’s a bummer that there are blackouts, but there’s a solution: a TV service. You’ll especially want the TV service for the postseason as NBA LEAGUE PASS doesn’t provide coverage for the Playoffs and Finals.

If you fall into one of these categories, NBA LEAGUE PASS is a no-brainer:

  • You’re a fan of a team that isn’t in your local market.
  • You’re a Fantasy player trying to take home the money pot.
  • You’ve been watching basketball since you were a kid.
  • Your man cave is decked out in NBA memorabilia.

So what are you waiting for? Hopefully not for LeBron James to retire.

FAQs

What is NBA LEAGUE PASS?

NBA LEAGUE PASS is a standalone subscription and a subscription available from some TV providers that let you watch games that aren’t in your market. You’ll be able to watch the games that don’t air on ABC, ESPN, NBA TV, or TNT. 

This service also gives you access to 10-minute condensed games if you weren't home to watch, as well as a full library of classic games (like Michael Jordan's and Kobe's). For some games, you'll be able to choose alternate languages, and you can choose to hear from the home or away broadcast feeds.

What do I get with NBA LEAGUE PASS in the offseason?

 NBA LEAGUE PASS gives you access to last season’s games, just in case you want to catch up on some rising stars whom you may have missed. It’s a solid way to refresh your memory of the Greek Freak in all his glory, James Harden’s best flops, and Steph Curry climbing the ranks toward attaining the title for the most three-pointers of all time.

What’s the difference between NBA LEAGUE PASS and NBA TV?

NBA TV showcases exhibition, regular season, playoff games, and related analysis programs, specials, and documentaries.

NBA TV is included in some TV provider’s channel lineup or as an add-on. 

NBA LEAGUE PASS gives you up to 40 out-of-market games per week, and you can order it as a standalone streaming service or with a live TV streaming service, cable, or satellite TV provider. 

You’ll essentially get all of the NBA games with NBA LEAGUE PASS that might not feature on ABC, ESPN, NBA TV, or TNT. 

So, for example, if you live in Salt Lake City and want to watch all of the Utah Jazz games, you’ll want a TV provider with the four channels airing NBA games.

Chantel Buchi
Written by
Chantel Buchi
Chantel is all about finding the best tv or streaming service to watch as many football games as possible to keep her Fantasy Football team in check. Prior to being a TV and Streaming Tech Reporter for Reviews.org, she worked for NFL Network and The Alliance of American Football. Before that, she received a B.A. of Communication at the University of Utah and an M.S. in Sports Journalism at USC. Go Utes and Fight On. Contact her at chantel@reviews.org

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  • Codylox Keeler

    Your tip #3 is an option they no longer offer

    • Denis_

      You’re right

  • Jennifer Kanaski

    How do I get the league pass to play via my fire tv stick? I have the NBA app on there but it keeps shutting off!

  • Jay Sully

    If i get league pass today(Nov 27,2017) will it last until Nov 27, 2018 or until the finals is over?

    • Vi M

      I think it’s til the season is over, because there are discounts in January. But don’t quote me on that.

  • lori fair

    We bought the okc thunder game on NBA league pass for 1 x for 6.99. Can’t get it to play. Any help would be great