Which sports can punters in Pontypridd still watch for free?
Sports lovers in Pontypridd may well be wondering what sports are still free to view these days as the paid subscription giants of Sky and BT continue to hoover up the high-octane action we love and put them behind paywalls. It’s an increasingly sad state of affairs but there are ways of tuning in for free that many punters in Wales may not know about.
Indeed, more and more betting sites are offering punters the chance to watch live sporting events for free. Take horse racing, for example, many people use Paddy Power for the latest horse racing results and will also see an option to stream every race from the UK and Ireland absolutely free.
So for those who can’t get down to Chepstow Racecourse – which is a mere 45 minutes drive from Pontypridd – for all of the photo finish action on display, have been able to rely on a stream, free of charge courtesy of the Irish bookmaker.
You love to see it. 3 top Veteran Chasers giving their all. Bryony Frost & Present Man just taking victory. pic.twitter.com/uQtX6nc5mQ
— Chepstow Racecourse (@Chepstow_Racing) October 9, 2020
It’s not only horse racing that bookmakers offer, but also football and golf too. Indeed, many residents will be keen on keeping an eye on one of Pontypridd’s most successful footballing sons, Steve Cooper, as he tries to guide Swansea back to the Premier League after relegation in 2018.
The 40-year-old may have suffered play-off final heartbreak at the hands of Brentford last season but that hasn’t stopped him from resetting over the summer and going again with the Swans this season. After a handful of games, Cooper’s Swansea City sit in the play-off positions and look ready to compete once more for promotion to England’s top-flight. The smart money says that Cooper’s unwavering resilience to the cause is sure to pay off sooner rather than later.
Whatever does eventually happen with the club from the southwest of Wales, one thing is certain and that is Cooper is headed for big things in football management. Indeed, you can quite easily envision a scenario where the master tactician from Pontypridd is one day appointed the manager of the national team.
— BBC Sport Wales (@BBCSportWales) September 13, 2019
If this should happen, which it must be said seems only a matter of time away, it will allow football lovers in Pontypridd to watch one of their own on terrestrial TV in the UK. That’s because the good news is that the Euros and World Cup are still free to view on the BBC and ITV. Likewise is all of the action from any rugby union World Cup.
The next one is scheduled to take place in France over the autumn of 2023 and everyone in Wales will be hoping that the Dragons are finally able to win rugby’s greatest showpiece. Either way, heartbreak or euphoria, all the action will be free to watch as the men in red do battle over the Channel.
So whilst some of the nation’s favourite sports and other competitions are kept behind paywalls, there is still a way for sporting enthusiasts in Pontypridd to get their fix, thanks to online streaming and terrestrial TV. It may not be perfect but the door hasn’t completely closed on those who are unwilling to pay a monthly subscription for their sport.