Q. I’m interested in checking out the NBA League Pass but I don’t want to spend money to do it! Do you know if it has a free preview on cable or the streaming plan?
The streaming plan and the cable/satellite edition of the NBA League Pass, which includes up to 40 regular season games each week, is now available for $99 for the entire 2022-23 season. You can also purchase the package online by the month for as little as $14.99.
The $99 entry point is a sharp reduction from last year when the basic plan was as high as $230 for the entire season. Sportico.com reported that the league was dropping the price to better compete with streaming services such as ESPN+ which charge less than $100 for a year’s subscription.
But while $99 is a better deal, it’s still a lot to pay to see if you want to subscribe, particularly when the NBA’s new app has been having issues this season.
So, does the NBA League Pass have a free trial?
The answer is yes and no. The streaming version of the NBA League Pass offers a seven-day free trial which can be used at any time during the season. But the cable and satellite edition of the League Pass does not have a free trial so be sure you want before ordering. (The cable and satellite operators held a free seven-day preview at the start of the season, but that is no longer available with the first week of the season over.)
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By the way, local blackouts still apply in either League Pass package. You cannot watch the team or teams in your local market with a League Pass subscription. You can determine which teams would be blacked out in your zip code here.
Also, the NBA TV channel comes with the NBA League Pass subscription.
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