The Pan American Games is a series of sporting events that is held for the countries of the Americas. The competition typically takes place the summer before the Summer Olympic Games. In 2019, the 18th Pan Am Games will be held in Lima, Peru from July 26th to August 11th. Over 6,100 athletes are expected to participate in a total of 36 different sports. There are several broadcasters in the Americas, with the host and primary broadcaster being Mediapro. We recommend watching on ESPN. Outside of the Americas, you would be blocked but you can watch from anywhere with a VPN.
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How to Watch the Pan Am Games from Anywhere
Free coverage on ESPN with a 7 day free trial of Sling TV:
- 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 USA for ESPN coverage via Sling TV.
- Enjoy live streaming access to the race.
History of the Pan American Games
The first Pan America Games were suggested in 1932 at the Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California. The first games were held in 1937 in Texas, but there was a lack of interest. Not to be deterred, there was a meeting of the Pan American Sports Congress held in 1940. The first games were to be held in Buenos Aires in 1942, but that was postponed because of World War II until 1951.
Also, because there are no Winter Pan Am Games, it is known that the games are Summer events. Over the course of time, Winter games have actually been suggested throughout the history of the games, but only materialized once. In 1990, the first and last Winter Pan Am games were held in Argentina. Because only 8 countries sent representatives, and because it was unseasonably warm, only three events were held. The USA and Canada took all 18 medals.
Those first games jumped from 2,500 competitors from 14 countries in 1951, to 6,145 competitors from 41 countries represented this year. A total of 19 events will be used as qualifiers for the 2020 Olympic Games. Here is a list of the major categories of events being held. Please note that some of the categories have specific events that I have not listed.
- Field hockey
- Modern pentathlon
- Roller sports
- Rugby sevens
- Table tennis
- Water skiing
Broadcast Channels for the Lima Pan Am Games
As far as the broadcasters go, the broadcast schedule is here. Mediapro is not only the host of the games, but is also the channel to offer primary coverage in Peru, totaling five hours a day. However, we recommend watching the events on the ESPN app. ESPNU will broadcast the opening ceremony. From there you can turn to the ESPN app for live coverage of the Pan Am Games. If you are watching from the USA, ESPN has the coverage rights to these games with coverage across ESPNU and the ESPN app.
That said, ESPN plans to have 200+ hours of coverage via digital platforms. That is great if you are in the USA, but what if you are not? Though ESPN in the US is offering 200 hours, you would need a cable, satellite, or Sling TV subscription to view this from the USA. If you haven’t tried it yet then you can sign up for a 7 day free trial. Let’s say that you are traveling abroad or you are an ex-pat, you would need a good VPN service to allow you to see the coverage.
Though digital coverage is free in Peru, it would be geo-blocked outside of the country. Geo-blocking is a technology that is used by websites to identify where the user is, and restrict access based on IP address. So, if you want to see any specific coverage outside of Peru, or if you want an extra layer of privacy, a VPN service is a great way to proceed. We have some great ideas for VPNs with custom clients that make things as easy as selecting a server in Canada, and connecting.
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