When you live in the U.S. it is easy to presume that everyone can enjoy the TV shows and sports events you can watch, and which — let’s face it — you’re taking for granted. After all, there are so many channels available today and one would think whatever you want to watch is at the reach of your remote.
Alas, that’s not true even in parts of Europe due to TV rights that tend to be reserved for certain networks. And these days, some folks prefer to “cut the cord” and watch movies, TV shows and everything else online – on their computers, tablets, and even smartphones.
Well, in some cases, these “cord-cutters” have to get around various restrictions in order to be able to get to the content they really want.
Crossfit Games are not available all across the world, but there is a way to watch them even if you live on the other side of the planet.
What’s all the fuss about Crossfit Games?
Before we delve into how to watch Crossfit Games, let’s briefly explain what this competition is all about.
The CrossFit Games have been held every summer since 2007. Athletes at the Games compete in workouts they learn about only hours beforehand, sometimes including surprise elements that are not part of the typical CrossFit regimen. For instance, some of the examples included in the past were a rough-water swim, a softball throw, and a pegboard climb. The Games are styled as a venue for determining the “Fittest on Earth,” where competitors should be “ready for anything.”
In 2011, the Games adopted an online qualification format, facilitating participation by athletes worldwide. During the five-week-long “CrossFit Open”, one new workout is released each week. Athletes have several days to complete the workout and submit their scores online, with either a video or validation by a CrossFit affiliate. Since the Open is available to any level of athlete, many affiliates encourage member participation and the number of worldwide participants can be in the hundreds of thousands.
The top CrossFit Open performers for individuals and teams in each region advance to the regional events, held over the following two months around the world. Each regional event qualifies a specified number of its top finishers to send to the Games. The Games include divisions for individuals of each gender, co-ed teams, and a number of Masters and Teenage age groups.
How it works in the U.S.
CBS Sports has the rights for broadcasting the Crossfit Games in the U.S. Consequently, in order to watch the competition online, users go to www.cbssports.com and sing-up in a process that requires a valid ZIP code.
Once that part is done, they go to: www.cbssports.com/crossfit/games/live/
And that’s pretty much it. Access to the content should be easy, and that’s definitely the case here. But, again, this is how Crossfit Games are watched online in the U.S.
How to watch Crossfit Games outside of the U.S.
The process is similar, except that you need to fire-up a VPN app and repeat the process outlined above. You still need a valid ZIP code, but you can get one online.
And, obviously, you need a good VPN app for which we suggest to check out our list of Top 5 VPNs. We can pretty much guarantee that all services you’ll find there will let you enjoy Crossfit Games no matter where you live, or no matter where you happen to be during the Games. At the same time, these services will also let you access other services that may otherwise be unavailable in your country, as well. So check them out.