If you are a Mariners or Trail Blazers fan living in the northwest, you need Root Sports Northwest. And lucky for you, you have a couple of ways to get it without signing up for cable.
In a hurry? There are two great streaming services that offer Root Sports Northwest that are also full cable replacements:
- FuboTV: Get Root Sports Northwest and well over 100 other channels with a focus on sports for just $69.99 per month. FuboTV allows you to try out its service free for 7 days.
- DIRECTV STREAM: Although more expensive at $89.99/mo, it may be the way to go in the east where other RSNs are available. A 5-day free trial is now available for DIRECTV STREAM.
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Sports fans based in the Northwest will most likely want to secure access to Root Sports Northwest, the only remaining regional sports network using the Root Sports name. That is if you are interested in the Seattle Mariners or depending on where you are located, the Seattle Kraken, Portland Trail Blazers, Portland Timbers, or Big Sky Conference sports.
What Is Root Sports Northwest?
Root Sports Northwest is a regional sports network (RSN) that is primarily owned by the Seattle Mariners and that primarily focuses on that team. In fact, it and the Portland Timbers are the only major league sports teams that are available throughout this channel’s broadcast area.
All subscribers in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska get to watch Seattle Kraken and Portland Trail Blazers broadcasts. It’s in Idaho and Montana is where things change up some. For example, the Trail Blazers are not available anywhere in those two states. Meanwhile, the Kraken can be viewed in northern Idaho, the portion within the Spokane, Wash., metropolitan area. But those games are not available elsewhere in Idaho or anywhere in Montana.
Where Is Root Sports Northwest Available?
This channel is available everywhere in the Northwest, throughout the states of Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, and Montana but not in any of the states adjacent to those.
What Is Root Sports Northwest’s Game Coverage?
Nearly all Seattle Mariners games are broadcast on Root Sports Northwest. Exceptions include any contests shown on Fox and games broadcast exclusively on ESPN. With that said, appearances on either have been few over the past several seasons. For example, the Mariners have featured on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball once since 2004, on July 31, 2016, for a meeting with the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
A significant percentage of Seattle Kraken and Portland Trail Blazers games are also broadcast on Root Sports Northwest. In these cases as well, this consists of all of those teams’ games minus ones that are broadcast on a national outlet, such as TNT. Note that Kraken contests not available on Root Sports Northwest can include ones exclusively shown online through ESPN+ ($6.99/mo).
The team’s coverage of the Portland Timbers is limited compared to the other teams. In 2021, the club had just eight of its 34 regular-season matches broadcast on Root Sports. However, of course, if you want complete coverage of this MLS team, Root Sports Northwest is a must.
Non-game coverage of the Seattle Seahawks is also shown on Root Sports Northwest, including Seahawks Press Pass.
College sports events are sporadically broadcast on this channel as well. These tend to focus on Big Sky conference teams. One of its most-watched college football games is the Montana-Montana State rivalry match-up that is played on the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving. Other football games that this channel broadcast in 2021 included Cal Poly-Montana State, Idaho-Eastern Washington, and Southern Utah-Montana.
High school sports are also sometimes featured on Root.
Root Sports Northwest Plus
If multiple teams that Root Sports Northwest has the rights to show are playing at the same time, one of them will be broadcast on Root Sports Northwest Plus. With the Seattle Kraken taking part in their first season in 2021-22, that increases these occurrences significantly over what was the case previously.
Root Sports Northwest Commentators
Dave Sims and Mike Blowers describe the action on the diamond at Seattle Mariners games for Root Sports Northwest while Aaron Goldsmith splits his time between there and the team’s radio broadcasts.
In the Rose City, Kevin Calabro acts as Portland Trail Blazers play-by-play announcer. He was the long-time voice of the Seattle SuperSonics before that team moved to Oklahoma City in 2008. Calabro is joined by Lamar Hurd (analyst) and Brooke Olzendam (courtside reporter) on Blazers broadcasts.
Above the rink in the Emerald City are John Forslund (play-by-play) and JT Brown (analyst); they commentate on Seattle Kraken games. Brown’s playing career included time with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Anaheim Ducks, and Minnesota Wild.
Those calling the action at Portland Timbers matches are Jake Zivin (play-by-play), Liam Ridgewell (analyst), and Ross Smith (analyst). Both Zivin and Ridgewell played for the Timbers.
How to Stream Root Sports Northwest
Root Sports Northwest is available through two streaming services: FuboTV and DIRECTV STREAM.
FuboTV provides access to Root Sports Northwest through its base plan for $69.99 per month.
Also available with a FuboTV subscription are other channels that you can use to watch the Mariners, Seahawks, Kraken, Trail Blazers, and Timbers. These include Fox, CBS, ABC, ESPN, and Fox Sports 1 (FS1).
However, keep in mind that FuboTV does not offer TBS or TNT. This could result in missing the occasional Mariners, Kraken, and Trail Blazers games. But it is primarily a concern when watching NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament contests.
However, if you are a fan of the Washington Huskies, Washington State Cougars, Oregon Ducks, or Oregon State Beavers, note that FuboTV does offer the Pac-12 Network channels, which DIRECTV STREAM does not.
All FuboTV plans come with at least 1,000 hours of cloud DVR and the ability to stream on up to 10 devices/TVs simultaneously. See our FuboTV review for details.
DIRECTV STREAM (previously AT&T TV) provides regional sports networks, such as Root Sports Northwest to those in the Northwest, in its Choice plan for $89.99 per month.
This streaming service offers Fox, CBS, ABC, ESPN, TBS, TNT, and FS1. There are two primary reasons you might want to pay the extra $20/mo over FuboTV:
- Having TBS and TNT are really important to you (for March Madness and more)
- You live in the east where you also qualify for Altitude Sports and want it to watch Colorado Rapids (MLS) and Avalanche (NHL) games.
DIRECTV STREAM comes with unlimited cloud DVR (online sign-up required) as well as the ability to watch on up to 20 devices at once — making it a good service for large households. Read our DIRECTV STREAM review for more information.
One other option is using an antenna and television to watch some of these sports events. However, the number of matches that these teams play on network television is small.
But the biggest games are on these outlets. For example, the World Series is on Fox in its entirety, the NBA Finals are on ABC in its entirety, Stanley Cup Finals games are sometimes on ABC, and MLS Cup will be on either ABC or Fox.
However, the Timbers are an outlier. Their fans should note that 16 of the club’s 2021 regular-season contests were broadcast locally on FOX 12 PLUS.
If you are not concerned with watching these teams play as often as possible, you could consider other streaming services, which provide national sports channels. These include Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, Vidgo, and YouTube TV.
Of course, if you are looking for access to the Mariners, Kraken, Trail Blazers, and Timbers and are outside of those respective teams’ blackout regions, you can watch their out-of-market broadcasts through MLB.TV, NBA League Pass (available through FuboTV and Sling TV), and ESPN+ (Kraken and Timbers games).
Watching Root Sports With Streaming Devices
- Amazon Fire TV
- Android mobile devices
- Apple TV
- iOS mobile devices (iPhone, iPad)
- Samsung smart TVs
- Web browsers.
DIRECTV STREAM also has its own device you can use for $5/mo for 24 months or $120 flat.
FuboTV supports a few devices and TVs that DIRECTV STREAM doesn’t:
- Android TV devices
- Hisense smart TVs
- LG smart TVs
- Vizio SmartCast TVs
- Xbox One gaming systems.
Why has Root Sports Northwest not changed its name?
All AT&T SportsNet regional sports networks have changed their names to AT&T SportsNet with the exception of Root Sports Northwest. Why is that? The main reason is that AT&T SportsNet is only a minority owner of this channel (40%) with the Seattle Mariners controlling the rest of it.
What happened to NBC Sports Northwest?
NBC Sports Northwest went off the air on Sep 30, 2021. That was done in response to the Portland Trail Blazers moving to Root Sports Northwest. The remaining sports programming that was available for NBC Sports Northwest was small enough that its owners decided to shut it down.
How can I watch the Mariners’ divisional rivals?
These articles provide the information to watch the other American League West teams:
- Oakland Athletics — NBC Sports California
- Houston Astros — AT&T SportsNet Southwest
- Los Angeles Angels — Bally Sports West
- Texas Rangers — Bally Sports Southwest
How can I watch the Kraken’s divisional rivals?
These articles provide the information to watch the other Pacific Division teams:
- Anaheim Ducks — Bally Sports SoCal
- Calgary Flames — NA
- Edmonton Oilers — NA
- Los Angeles Kings — Bally Sports West
- San Jose Sharks — NBC Sports Bay Area
- Vancouver Canucks — NA
- Vegas Golden Knights — AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain
How can I watch the Trail Blazers’ divisional rivals?
These articles provide the information to watch the other Northwest Division teams:
- Denver Nuggets — Altitude Sports
- Minnesota Timberwolves — Bally Sports North
- Oklahoma City Thunder — Bally Sports Oklahoma
- Utah Jazz — AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain
How can I watch the Timbers’ conference rivals?
The other teams in the Western Conference can be similar streamed. See the following:
- Austin FC — NA
- Colorado Rapids — Altitude Sports
- FC Dallas — NA
- Houston Dynamo FC — AT&T SportsNet Southwest
- Sporting Kansas City — Bally Sports Kansas City
- LA Galaxy — Spectrum SportsNet
- Los Angeles FC — Bally Sports SoCal
- Minnesota United FC — Bally Sports North
- Nashville SC — NA
- Real Salt Lake — NA
- San Jose Earthquakes — NBC Sports Bay Area
- Seattle Sounders FC — NA
- Vancouver Whitecaps FC — NA
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