Escapism by sports certainly welcomed, but tricky, in a year full of uncertainty

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There is a recurring theme that has always run through any discussion of spectator sports, which holds that they are a diversion. An escape. A safe haven from the struggles imposed upon humankind by everyday life. Even in simpler times (although times have never been all that simple), this narrative was suspect. It’s true that consuming sports – whether in person or otherwise – can be an effective release from stressful realities, but also an immersion into another type of stressful reality. Ask any weeping March Madness fan. Entertainment that might gut you emotionally can be an odd getaway choice. But let’s accept the premise: Sports are an escape. Historically speaking.

In the United States, it is now nearly four months since the Coronavirus changed life, with lockdowns waxing and waning, with numbers rising and falling, with a numbing daily dose of cognitive dissonance and an uncertain sense of the future, both near and distant. With arguing. Lots of arguing. In all of this, professional and major college sports are lurching forward. The NBA is arriving at its bubble (in Florida) and the NHL soon to its (presumably in two Canadian cities). Major League Baseball has begun a strange version of spring training in home ballparks, readying for a 60-game mini-regular season. Major college football is preparing to play in the fall. The NFL seems determined to start its season on time, but has already cancelled two weeks of preseason games and instituted wide-ranging virus protocols. The Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Aug. 23, the Kentucky Derby for Labor Day weekend, U.S. Open tennis and golf, both in September. The Masters in November. NASCAR, horse racing, soccer and golf have been back, in some form, for several weeks thus far leaving relatively shallow footprints, at least between the lines.

So our diversions are coming back. Maybe. Big maybe. (Back to that in a minute.) Very little in modern America brings consensus; the return of live sports is predictably no exception. A portion of the citizenry is ecstatic that we might soon have games to cheer, in a time of ongoing health and societal crises (although some members of this cohort would argue that we are not, in fact, experiencing ongoing societal and health crises, which is part of the noise, and the arguing, and the cognitive dissonance). Another portion of the citizenry is absolutely convinced that we are in a time of ongoing – and in some ways unprecedented – societal and health crises and that spending time restarting the sports calendar is tone deaf, irresponsible and possibly unsafe.

The largest portion is surely somewhere in the broad middle, anxious to settle in and watch a game with – or, more realistically, without – friends, but holding the process in an uneasy abeyance, weighing the Can We Do This? against the Should We Do This? As with almost everything that has occurred in America since mid-March, there are no easy answers to the latter question.

Something must be noted here. In late June, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told reporters, “We’re coming back because sports matter in our society. They bring people together when they need it the most.” Hold that quote. Those in the sports ecosystem with the most to gain from bringing back live games are the financial stakeholders in those games: The leagues, the franchises, the television networks (including NBC Sports). This trickles all the way down to media drones like me, whose livelihood is tied to those same games (without sports journalism, I would have been an unsuccessful college basketball coach and then turned to teaching, which is much too difficult; so, thank you, sports). The Division I college athletic departments, whose budgets wobble on top of a tall, unsteady tower built on the premise that a big stadium will be filled to capacity six or seven times a year and that television checks will arrive in the mail.

So there is at least some financial desperation in play here. There’s no shame in this. And it doesn’t mean that the parts of Silver’s comment about sports mattering in our society and bringing people together (maybe not literally, in the present) are not valid. Hell yes, they’re valid. Sports absolutely do those things. Financial need and emotional longing: Both of these things can be present.

But the escapism part is trickier in these current times. The sports world that fans rush back to is not the sports world that was shut down in March, because the world, period, is not the same world. Sports will look different and feel different, and in many ways, challenge our ability to consume them without guilt. Not all of us, because, again, lack of consensus. But many of us.

Begin with aesthetics. I’ve attended one “major” (we can debate ‘’major”) sporting event since March: The June 20 Belmont Stakes, which was run without spectators at cavernous Belmont Park, in the long shadows of New York City. This was not your father’s Belmont, or even last year’s. It was the first of the Triple Crown races, instead of the third, and it was contested at a distance of 1 1/8 miles, instead of the Belmont’s traditional 1 ½ miles. There were good reasons for both of these changes, but they effectively rendered the Belmont… Not The Belmont. Again for good reasons.

Attending and covering the event was a surreal experience. Not because I didn’t feel “safe.” I worked outdoors, I wore my mask, I kept my distance from fellow journalists and interview subjects. I felt plenty safe, or as safe as I can be made to feel at this point in time. And not just because there was no noise, although that was part of it. The surreal event, speaking only for myself here, was a product of the atmosphere. There was an inescapable sense of not quite belonging. On the one hand, it was a pleasure to cover a relatively meaningful sporting event, interview its participants and place its occurrence in some larger context. To do my job.

But the overriding mood was inescapable. Everybody was masked. Everybody was distancing. It was a little somber. It just was. There was uncertainty in the air, a sensation of doing something that just might not be exactly the right thing to do, because nobody really knows what that right thing is, and there’s all that arguing I talked about, and all that cognitive dissonance, and plenty of well-intentioned people trying to behave responsibly (while also attending to the job at hand). Nearly at the end of my work day, as I was finishing my story from that event, the lights went out in the Belmont clubhouse, leaving me to peck away by the glow of my computer screen. This is not unusual for a sports journalist covering an event, but it felt like a strange coda on that day. I was anxious to hustle out of the building.

Later this month the sports calendar will – in theory – be much more aggressively populated, accelerating into the fall. There will be many more games in bubbles and empty stadiums. And also, some events with some spectators, like the Kentucky Derby here in U.S. and the French Open in Paris. In some perfect, unambiguous world, this gradual – and then sudden – return of live games would come as a welcome relief for fans worn down by months of uncertainty, loneliness and anger. But the world is not unambiguous.

In preparation for traveling to their Florida bubble, seven NBA teams shut down facilities or paused training because players or other staff tested positive for COVID-19. Numerous other players opted out of the bubble altogether. Veteran guard J.J. Redick, now with the New Orleans Pelicans, said, before leaving for the bubble, “To say that we have any sort of comfort level, would be a lie. There is no comfort level.” DeMar DeRozan of the San Antonio Spurs said, also before arriving in Florida, “I got through 10 lines of the handbook and just put it down because it became so frustrating and overwhelming at times, because you just never thought you’d be in a situation of something like this. So it’s hard to process at times.”

Last week, Major League Baseball teams began formal “spring” training at home ballparks. As with the NBA, there were delays and glitches in testing and enough positives that several teams shut down workouts. Washington Nationals’ pitcher Sean Doolittle’s comments on the season start were most forceful of all:

“We’re trying to bring baseball back during a pandemic that’s killed 130,000 people,” Doolittle told reporters last week. “We’re way worse off as a country then we were in March when we shut this thing down… Sports are like the reward of a functioning society. And we’re trying to just bring it back, even though we’ve taken none of the steps to flatten the curve. …If there aren’t sports, it’s going to be because people are not wearing masks, because the response to this has been so politicized,” he continued. “We need help from the general public. If they want to watch baseball, please wear a mask, social distance, keep washing your hands.”

Most major college football programs brought players back to campus in early June for workouts that have long been described as voluntary but are not really voluntary in any practical sense. Some, like Notre Dame, have experienced no positive COVID-19 tests. Others, like Clemson and LSU, have experienced several dozen. Plans for a regular season, with playoffs and bowls to follow, grind forward unevenly, each day’s messaging a little different from the day before, sometimes cautiously optimistic, sometimes vaguely hopeless. People trying to make something happen, where that something might be at cross-purposes with larger issues like public health and education. Or not. There is so much uncertainty.

On Wednesday, the Ivy League announced that it would have no fall sports season. This could be meaningful, as it was the Ivy League that took the first major step last March, cancelling its conference basketball tournament, and then, all spring sports. Its decisions were soon mirrored by every conference, and college, in America. But causation remains unclear. Rudy Gobert’s positive test was at least equally significant, probably more. Also, there is little resemblance between the economic model for Ivy League football and Power Five conference football, where stakes are higher.

Another domino: Earlier on Wednesday, Stanford announced that 11 non-revenue sports will be discontinued after the 2020-21 academic year. Stanford carries 36 varsity sports (soon to be 25), more than most colleges. It’s unclear if this decision was made on the assumption that there would be no football money for the 2020 season; other Division I colleges have already made similar moves, but Stanford’s action is likely to trigger more.

Then there is the uncomfortable issue of testing. All of the plans resuming or starting sports seasons are dependent on frequent testing of athletes, coaches and staff, as frequently as every other day in some cases. These plans require many tests, and were hatched in the spring, when the testing shortages that initially troubled the U.S. coronavirus response were abating. But now, as we approach midsummer, and sports leagues ramp up their starts, there is again reporting of test shortages in some hard-hit U.S. cities. The question came up previously and now it comes up again: Should sports consume a disproportionate number of tests, if the general public is not able to get tested as needed?

All of this unfolds in a culture riven by partisan and philosophical divisions, and with so much competing noise that it’s generally been left to confused and frustrated citizens to form their own positions on what’s best for themselves and their families. There is noise that schools and colleges and their sports teams could become potent vectors for spreading a virus that seems very present, so please don’t play. There is noise that the virus doesn’t kill young people, so just get over it. (*The virus does kill some young people, and young people can infect older people).

Add this to the mix: Professional sports will next play – whether in late July, late January, or a year from now – in a societal ecosystem that has been changed by the protests of June. Black athletes are newly empowered and supported by a significant and growing portion of the public. Come autumn, if there are games, there will likely be kneeling, and all that comes with it. And there will be a workforce in many sports that is majority Black, playing games consumed by an audience that is majority white, a reality that has long been true but is more present today and more resonant. The names Colin Kaepernick and Bubba Wallace will be invoked frequently, in many ways.

There’s no way to know if all these leagues and all these events can successfully navigate this course. To repeat, I am financially vested in their success (but also personally wary of the attempt, and just generally confused). In the end, I think of the empty stadiums, public health uncertainty and unprecedented racial unrest and wonder: What part of this looks like a “diversion?”

But then there is this: Sports have always been more than a diversion, if we choose to look beyond the entertainment. Which we do not always choose to do. There will be games again, hopefully soon, and more hopefully, safely. They will unfold in a different way than we’ve ever known, and with an audience constantly measuring that uncomfortable difference between Can We? and Should We? Escapism, perhaps, but hardly an escape.

Tim Layden is writer-at-large for NBC Sports. He was previously a senior writer at Sports Illustrated for 25 years.

Father’s Day Gifts 2022: Best ideas for the Sports Fan Dad from Golf to Electronics 

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Father’s Day is just days away and as the thinking goes, the Dads of the family are often the hardest to shop for. But with the weather getting warmer, there’s countless opportunities to get outside, whether for sports or relaxation, and that means countless opportunities to find the perfect gift to make Father’s Day brighter for the Dads who love sports in any and all forms.

To help you in the gift selection process (even if you’ve left it up to the last minute!), the team at NBC Sports has sourced great options from across the internet for sporting Dads of all kinds. Whether the person you’re shopping for is up before dawn to get in a workout, more inclined to take in sports from the couch, or the consummate host planning summer’s best tailgate, there’s a great choice on this list across a variety of price ranges. Below are our ideas separated into categories:

  1. Golf gifts for Dad
  2. Sports gifts for Dad
  3. Tailgating gifts for Dad
  4. Tech gifts for Dad
  5. Other Father’s Day gifts for sports lovers

Golf gifts for Dad

Gifts under $50

1. Pop-up Golf Chipping Net, $44.99, Amazon

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A perfect way to perfect your chipping skills before heading out for a tee time. The net is portable and includes all the pieces needed for a full-scale practice at-home or on the go.

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2. Under Armour Men’s Golf Tech Polos, $27, Amazon

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Help your Dad look their best on the golf course with these breathable and soft golf polos that wick sweat and dry quickly.

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Gifts under $100

3. PGA TOUR Superstore Club Fitting experience, PGA TOUR Superstore

This experience is a must for any dad looking to elevate their game. Per the PGA Tour Super Store site, fittings combine “game-changing technology and manufacturer-specific equipment with the personal attention of our certified fitters to deliver a fully immersive fitting session.” Golfers will leave the one-on-one session with specs for perfectly fitted custom clubs that will be built and shipped to you.

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4. Adidas Men’s Spikeless Golf Shoes, $79, Amazon

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Give your Dad an extra boost of confidence in his golf swing with a pair of Adidas Spikeless golf shoes. Not only are they comfortable, but the shoes are lightweight, stylish, and affordable.

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5. Wood Golf Putting Green Mat with Auto Ball Return, $85, Amazon

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Another great option for Dad that will scratch his golf itch! With this indoor or outdoor putting green mat, the ball will automatically roll back to the golfer after he putts it into the hole.

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Gifts over $100

6. Rukket Haack Golf Net, $130, Amazon

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Help Dad perfect his golf skills right at home with this practice golf net. Just like the pop-up chipping net, this gift option is lightweight and portable and will allow Dad to hit golf balls right in the backyard.

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Sports gifts for Dad

Gifts under $50

7. Lightweight Gym Bag with Wet Pocket and Shoe Compartment, $19, Amazon

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This bag is lightweight with multiple pockets and perfect for the Dad trying to fit in a workout. It’s available in multiple colors, has waterproof storage for swim gear or sweaty apparel post-gym and doubles as the perfect bag for a quick weekend trip.

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8. Yeti mug, $38, Amazon

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Whether it’s for early morning workouts or coaching the 8am Little League game on Saturday morning, a Yeti mug is a great accessory to keep coffee piping hot. Tumblers come in various shapes and sizes to indulge all varieties of pre-game caffeine habits.

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Gifts under $100

9. Outdoor Men’s RoadCycling Shoes, $50, Amazon

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The weather is getting warmer, making it the perfect time to give your Dad these comfortable and colorful shoes for the road. The shoes have a quick drying mesh material that will provide the ultimate in efficiency and comfort.

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10. Pickleball Set, $60, Amazon

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Invented in 1965 and combining elements of badminton, tennis and ping-pong, pickleball is the latest rec sport sensation sweeping the nation. According to the Sports and Fitness Industry Association, it’s one of America’s fastest growing sports, picking up corporate sponsorships and avid enthusiasts nationwide. If Dad is a paddle sport enthusiast looking to indulge their competitive streak, this paddle set is the perfect way to get started.

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Gifts over $100

11. Garmin Watch, $170, Garmin

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Garmin is one of the most trusted names in GPS watches and enables you to monitor and track your fitness endeavors while streamlining your training. Whether it’s for the Dad training for their 10th marathon or just getting started in running and biking, a Garmin Forerunner is a great option to level-up your exercise.

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Tailgating gifts for Dad

Gifts under $50

12. Romanticist 28pc BBQ Accessories Set, $47, Amazon

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This 28-piece set of BBQ accessories is the perfect gift for a Dad that loves to cook for everyone. This versatile set has everything you need: a spatula, fork, 2 barbecue mats, tongs, basting brush, grill brush, extra brush head, meat thermometer, 2 steak knives and forks, 2 shakers, 8 corn holders, 4 skewers and an aluminum case.

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Gifts under $100

13. NFL Brand Folding Chairs, $80, Amazon

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Help Dad rep his favorite team at the beach or a tailgate with this NFL branded folding chair. The carry strap attached to the chair helps make this portable chair a must-have for any Dad on the go!

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14. The Meater Thermometer, $70, Amazon

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The Meater is the perfect kitchen gadget for a Dad who loves to cook meat-forward meals for a big group. It’s a smart thermometer that allows you to monitor the temperature of the meat you’re cooking up to 33 feet away from the grill, oven or rotisserie. Just download the free app and you’re all set!

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Gifts over $100

15. NFL Logo Cornhole Boards, $120, Victory Tailgate

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Keep guests entertained all summer long with the perfect tailgate companion – a cornhole set! This set is perfect for any Dad who wants to rep his favorite NFL team.

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16. Igloo BMX 52 Quart Cooler, $156, Amazon

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This cooler has a capacity of 52 quarts and is the perfect option to keep the drinks cold and the tailgate guests happy. Available in multiple colors, it’s a heavy-duty option for all pregame festivity needs.

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Tech gifts for Dad

Gifts under $50

17. Tribe Water Resistant Cell Phone Holder, $15, Amazon

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This cell phone armband case is perfect for any Dad who likes to go on walks or runs outside. His phone will stay secure and safe, and the case comes with an adjustable strap, key pocket and headphone cord holder.

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18. Amazon Prime Membership, $15/month, Amazon

Give your Dad the gift of Amazon Prime! Not only will he get access to Prime Video which will allow him to live stream his favorite sports, but he can enjoy the convenience of a fast and free delivery for online orders.

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Gifts under $100

19. TV Soundbar Speaker, $86, Amazon

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Make it feel as if your Dad is actually watching the game from the stadium of his favorite sports team. This TV Soundbar speaker will give your Dad a natural HiFi sound experience — perfect for NFL Sundays and also for family movie nights.

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Gifts over $100

20. Apple Airpods, $197, Amazon

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Give Dad the gift of wireless, high quality sound. Whether he’s working out at the gym, listening to a podcast, talking on the phone, or listening to the game, Air Pods Pro are the way to go.

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21. Apple Watch, $383, Amazon

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Have Dad keep track of his health and fitness, and get notifications from all of his favorite sports teams with the flick of a wrist. The Apple Watch is the perfect gift for the Dads who are constantly on the go.

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22. Theragun, $399, Amazon

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The Theragun is the perfect gift for the fitness loving father figure in your life. It’s compact with long lasting battery life and best of all, you can connect it to your smartphone and customize its features.

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Other Father’s Day gifts for sports lovers

Gifts under $50

23. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, $16, Bookshop

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Daniel James Brown’s “The Boys in the Boat” is the true story of the American rowing team that competed at the 1936 Olympics and came away with a stunning gold. Made up of largely working-class athletes from the University of Washington, the U.S. team were some of the ultimate underdogs, making for an incredible story of human achievement.

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24. I Never Had It Made: An Autobiography of Jackie Robinson, $9, Amazon

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Jackie Robinson is one of the most legendary and trailblazing figures in baseball, but his autobiography talks about so much more than his career on the field. From his time in the army to his family life to his involvement in American politics, “I Never Had It Made” gives the reader an in-depth look into one of the most famous athletes in baseball and in American history.

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25. MLB team sofa protectors, $45, MLB Shop

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The perfect accessory for the MLB enthusiast looking to level-up his viewing experience. Help Dad keep the couch clean, comfy, and in style while he’s rooting for his favorite sports team.

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26. Classic baseball hat, $27, Amazon

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Everyone loves a snapback hat. It’s simple and classic and helps your Dad leave no questions about where his fandom lies.

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Gifts under $100

27. Baseball Bat Mug, $70, Dugout Mug

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Get the baseball ban fan in your life a mug so unique that everyone will ask him about it! This mug was handcrafted from a wooden baseball bat barrel and you can choose a design for any MLB team. Choose Dad’s favorite team and he’ll be sure to love it!

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28. Ultra Game NBA Men’s Soft Fleece Full Zip Jacket, $60, Amazon

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This soft fleece full zip jacket is the perfect gift for the Dad who’s a big fan of a team in the NBA. No matter what team he supports, there’s a comfortable and stylish jacket to fit his needs.

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Gifts over $100

29. Foosball Table, $126, Amazon

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Foosball is a classic game that every Dad at any age is sure to love. This 48-inch game set is built with sturdy wood at a waist-high level and is the perfect gift for any competitive dad.

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30. Custom NFL jerseys, $170, NFL Custom Shop

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With all the blockbuster NFL trades so far in 2022, your Dad’s favorite player might be starting the season for a different team. The safest bet? A custom jersey with his name – QB1 might have left, but his loyalty to the team isn’t going anywhere, for better or worse!

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2022 Winter Olympics Freestyle Skiing: TV schedule, how to watch online, event times, dates and more

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Freestyle Skiing at the 2022 Winter Olympics takes place from Sunday, February 6, through Friday, February 18 in Beijing, China. See below for the full 2022 Winter Olympics Freestyle Skiing schedule as well as additional information on how to watch and stream every moment of the Beijing Winter Games live on NBC and Peacock. Sign up for Peacock here and watch every event at the 2022 Winter Olympics live!

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The Freestyle Skiing competition takes place at Genting Snow Park located just under 100 miles northwest of Beijing in the Zhangjiakou zone and at the Big Air Shougang in the Beijing Zone. The Big Air Shougang is the world’s first-ever permanent venue for big air and will serve as the home for future sports competitions, athlete training purposes, and cultural and civic events after the Beijing Winter Games.

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2022 Winter Olympics Freestyle Skiing TV Schedule:

If you’ve missed any of the action you can find access to all of the Freestyle Skiing replays here!

How to watch Freeski Halfpipe & Ski Cross, Moguls, Big Air, Aerials & Slopestyle at the 2022 Winter Olympics

Event Date/Time How to watch
Women’s Freeski Big Air Final 2/7/2022 9:00 p.m. EST NBC Olympics and Peacock
Men’s Freeski Big Air Final 2/8/2022 10:00 p.m. EST  NBC Olympics and Peacock
Mixed Team Aerials 2/10/2022 6:00 a.m. EST USA Network and NBCOlympics.com
Women’s Freeski Slopestyle Qualifying 2/12/2022 9:00 p.m. EST USA Network and NBCOlympics.com
Women’s Aerials Qualifying 2/13/2022 6:00 a.m. EST NBCOlympics.com and Peacock
Women’s Freeski Slopestyle Final 2/13/2022 8:30 p.m. EST NBCOlympics.com and Peacock
Men’s Freeski Slopestyle Qualifying 2/13/2022 11:30 p.m. EST NBCOlympics.com and Peacock
Women’s Aerials Finals 2/14/2022 6:00 a.m. EST USA Network and NBCOlympics.com
Men’s Freeski Slopestyle Final 2/14/2022 8:30 p.m. EST USA Network and NBCOlympics.com
Men’s Aerials Qualifying 2/15/2022 6:00 a.m. EST NBCOlympics.com
Men’s Aerials Finals 2/16/2022 6:00 a.m. EST NBCOlympics.com
Women’s Freeski Halfpipe Qualifying 2/16/2022 9:90 p.m. EST NBC Olympics and Peacock
Women’s Ski Cross Qualifying 2/16/2022 10:30 p.m EST NBCOlympics.com
Men’s Freeski Halfpipe Qualifying 2/16/2022 11:30 p.m. EST USA Network and NBCOlympics.com
Women’s Ski Cross Finals 2/17/2022 1:00 a.m. EST NBCOlympics.com and Peacock
Women’s Freeski Halfpipe Final 2/17/2022 8:30 p.m. EST NBCOlympics.com and Peacock
Men’s Ski Cross Qualifying 2/17/2022 10:45 p.m. EST USA Network and NBCOlympics.com
Men’s Ski Cross Finals 2/18/2022 1:00 a.m. EST NBCOlympics.com and Peacock
Men’s Freeski Halfpipe Final 2/18/2022 8:30 p.m. EST USA Network and NBCOlympics.com

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How to stream the 2022 Winter Olympics on Peacock:

Peacock will be the streaming home of the Beijing Winter Games offering live stream coverage of every single event–that’s over 2,800 hours of Olympic action. In addition, to live stream coverage of every event, viewers will also be able to enjoy the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, NBC’s nightly primetime show, full replays of all competition available immediately upon conclusion, exclusive daily studio programming, medal ceremonies, extensive highlight clips, and more. Click here to sign up.

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How to watch the 2022 Winter Olympics on NBC:

For the second consecutive Winter Games and third overall, NBC will broadcast its primetime Olympic show live across all time zones.

What time does primetime coverage begin each night on NBC?

  • Monday – Saturday: 8:00 pm ET
  • Sunday: 7:00 pm ET

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Be sure to follow OlympicTalk and NBC Olympics for the latest news and updates about the Beijing Winter Games!