ESPN+

If you've been waiting for ESPN to offer up all the sports you can eat without a cable-like subscription — well, you're going to have to keep on waiting.

ESPN+ launches April 12, for a scant $4.99 a month, or $49.99 a year. And if that sounds like a small price to pay for a whole lot of sports, know that you're not getting a whole lot of sports for that small price.

Here's what you will get for a subscription:

  • One MLB game a day, seven days a week. If it's not blacked out.
  • An NHL game each day.
  • Top Rank Boxing, plus undercard fights.
  • MLS live out-of-market games (excluding blackouts), plus every Chicago Fire game.
  • College sports from the following conferences: America East, ASun, Big South, Big West, Horizon, Ivy League, MAAC, MAC, MEAC, Missouri Valley, NEC, Southern Conference, Southland, Summit League, Sun Belt, WAC. Plus, more conferences ESPN didn't feel like mentioning.
  • PGA Tour events, with Thursday and Friday play, "and some Saturday and Sunday play." Because nothing important actually happens on the weekend, right?
  • Plus, ya know, more sports.

Look, this isn't the standalone ESPN subscription cord-cutters have been demanding for years. Frankly, that's unlikely to happen unless ESPN and Disney are ready to take a stand against the cable companies, and we're just not there yet.

But for a mere $5 a month — especially if you're an MLS fan, and especially if you'e a Chicago Fire fan — this just might make sense. Maybe.

This'll all be tied in to a new ESPN app. The than that, we don't have any details on which platforms will be supported. So stay tuned.