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With the resurgence of COVID-19 in Tokyo, the Olympics are currently breaking at the seams, including an announcement by Japan’s Olympic Minister Tamayo Marukawa on Thursday that the Games are going to be held would go on without fans. However, if it sounds too depressing to see the world’s most prestigious sports competition in deserted locations, note: There are many sporting events happening around the world in July that won’t be as daunting as a lifeless Olympics.

Your summer plans included sitting in an air-conditioned room and watching sports, and you can still make it happen without tuning in to an Olympics that actually nobody wanted.

What other sports are there this summer besides the Olympics?

Even with dire prospects tarnishing the Olympics, there is much to do in the sports universe to get your attention. For starters, there’s rugby, soccer, racing, golf, and good old-fashioned baseball in the summer.

How to watch rugby this summer

If you’re interested in the other, different kind of football (or at least a sport that is similar to what we call football), rugby union is your go-to this summer.

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How to watch football this summer

Football creates a sporting drama that some might argue outperforms that of the Olympics. Fortunately, you still have time to watch two major international tournament finals. For other events, keep in mind that you may have to stick to odd times as they take place all over the world.

  • The final of the European Football Championship: The match between England and Italy will take place on Sunday 11th July and will be broadcast live on ESPN. You can also stream through the ESPN app and ESPN Plus.
  • The Copa America Final: Brazil and Argentina will battle it out for South American glory on Saturday July 10th and can be watched on FOX, FS1, FS2. You can also stream on FuboTV.
  • Florida Cup 2021: Pre-season friendly matches between European clubs on foreign soil. Watch Inter-Milan, Everton and Arsenal battle it out on ESPN2 from July 25-28. You can also stream on FuboTV.

How to watch races this summer

How to watch golf this summer

  • The Open Championship (British Open): This major tournament will be broadcast on NBC and the Golf Channel from July 16-20. Live stream available on Peacock and NBC Sports.

Major League Baseball

There’s also the time-tested Major League Baseball spectacle that takes place throughout the summer. Check your local cable lists if you’re watching the video without cutting the cable, or stream it on MLB.com, ESPN, FuboTV, YouTube TV, and others.