Of course, the world of sports is changed in 2020. That is because of the unprecedented Novel Coronavirus, also known as Covid-19. Because of that, the NBA is holding its first “HORSE” tournament in history. HORSE is a basketball shooting competition that is held between players. It will be held over the course of several days, beginning on Sunday, April 12th at 7 PM until 9 PM and replayed from 9-11 PM EST. The championship game will finish up on Thursday, April 16th, ending at 11 PM. The tournament will be held on ESPN. If you are in the US, you will have access to it. However, if you are otherwise outside the country, you would need to connect to a VPN to watch the tournament.
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As we mentioned, 2020 is a strange year for many reasons. Because of the virus, pretty much all sports have been cancelled. This tournament is for charity with State Farm (the sponsor) donating more than 200k on behalf of the participants to charities focused on coronavirus response efforts. Ther are 8 people competing in this tournament, each playing on their home courts Some are NBA while others are WNBA. Here is a look at group 1.
- Chauncey Billups
- Tamika Catchings
- Mike Conley Jr.
- Trae Young
Here is a look at the group 2 participants.
- Zach LaVine
- Chris Paul
- Paul Pierce
- Allie Quigley
In this tournament, dunking is prohibited. Players must describe each shot attempt, specifying the type of score they intend to make before taking a shot. The first player in each game to accumulate the letters “H-O-R-S-E” (you get a letter for every missed shot) after failing to match five shots is eliminated. Again, you can only watch this if you have access to ESPN.
How to Watch 2020 NBA HORSE Tournament from Anywhere
Providing you have the credentials for ESPN, simply follow the instructions below.
- Sign up for ExpressVPN (includes a 30 day risk-free money-back guarantee).
- Download and install the ExpressVPN app on your device
- Connect to a VPN server in the US so you can get coverage of the tournament.
- You can log in to ESPN Go app or website providing you have credentials.
- Enjoy the the tournament.
How to Use a VPN to Watch 2020 NBA HORSE Tournament
We’ll use ExpressVPN for the example of how to use a VPN service to stream the 2020 NBA HORSE Tournament. First, you’ll want to download the VPN client. ExpressVPN offers free client software for Windows, Mac and Linux. In addition to free apps for iOS and Android.
After you download and install the software, its time to connect. Launch the ExpressVPN client and select a server location. We’ll walk you through step by step by using their Windows client.
- Select a server location. You will want to connect to a VPN server in the US. As we mentioned, that is because you would be geo-blocked outside of the region. Because of that, we chose a server in in the US.
- We recommend you select OpenVPN (TCP) or (UDP). For streaming videos from sites like YouTube, we use OpenVPN (UDP) because it’s faster than TCP. They also support PPTP, L2TP, and SSTP. We still recommend OpenVPN UDP for the best mix of speed and privacy protection.
- Click the big round connect button. After a few seconds, you’ll see the shield around the button turn green. There will also be a message letting you know the “VPN is ON”
- You now have an IP address in the US as far as anyone can tell online. Because of that, you can reach any site as if you were sitting there. The same would be true if you connected to a server in a different region.
That’s all there is to it. Now that you have an IP address from the ExpressVPN server in the US, you can browse the Internet as if you were actually there. The same is true from any country. Connect to a server in the United Kingdom to watch Sky Sports or others, depending on where you wish to watch.
Good VPN providers open access to content around the world. If you live outside the United States, the service can help you access popular services like Netflix, Hulu, and Pandora. You still need an account for services like Netflix but the VPN will help you watch US television shows and movies on Netflix as if you were sitting in the United States or any other region you would like to access.
Enjoy the innaugural 2020 HORSE tournament and see which player will win. Will the WNBA players be able to overcome the NBA players? Tune in to find out. Please share this post with your friends so they can enjoy the 2020 HORSE tournament from anywhere in the world with a VPN. Follow us @VPNFan for the latest deals, guides, and news.