Starting today and for the next two days, the best spellers from around the world will gather for the 2018 version of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. This will be the 91st edition of the competition, which has grown in capacity and popularity over the past half-century. Looking ahead at this year’s event, it will be the 25th year that ESPN has wall to wall coverage shown around the country.
ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and the ESPN App will combine to present more than 24 live hours of the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee ESPN’s Matt Barrie will host the 91st Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee alongside 1990 finalist, Paul Loeffler.
A time-honored tradition, the Scripps National Spelling Bee will have its most competitors in its history. 516 spellers will descend upon National Harbor, Maryland with the dream to be deemed the greatest speller on the planet. The spellers for this year’s event come from all around the 50 states and range from eight to 15 years of age.
The preliminaries take place today and end tomorrow morning. If you’re looking for the finals of the event, they begin on May 31 starting at 10 a.m. The closing portion of the competition will take place later that night at 8:30 p.m.
If you’re looking to catch all the coverage of the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee, we’ve got you covered.
Scripps National Spelling Bee 2018 Viewing Details
Date: May 29-31, 2018
Location: National Harbor Maryland
– May 29, 9:15 a.m.12:05 p.m., 1 p.m.-5:20 p.m.
– May 30, 8 a.m.-12:35 p.m., 2:00 p.m.-5:30
– May 31, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.., 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
TV Channel: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU
Live Stream: ESPN App
How To Watch The Scripps Spelling Bee Online
Your best bet for watching the spelling bee via a live stream is ESPN.com. You will need your log-in and password information for your cable or satellite provider and you’re good to go.
If you don’t have access to a cable or satellite log-in, you can live stream the event online through DIRECTV NOW. DIRECTV offers a free seven-day trial, so you’ll receive a full seven days free before your paid membership begins. If you cancel your subscription within the week, you will not be charged. DIRECTV NOW is available on Desktop, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast.
If you don’t have access to a cable or satellite log-in, you can watch the event through Sling TV. Sling TV is service that allows subscribers to watch live and on-demand TV channels on TVs, computer or mobile device for a monthly fee. It’s just like a cable or satellite TV service, except it’s delivered over the internet. The service’s Orange package includes ESPN and costs $20 a month, but you can sign up for a free seven-day trial. If you cancel your subscription within a week, you will not be charged. Once signed up, simply download the app for your computer to start watching.
Please note: ESPN on Sling TV & DIRECTV NOW is only available in Dallas-Ft. Worth, Chicago, Hartford-New Haven, L.A., Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, Washington, D.C.
Watch Scripps Spelling Bee On Phone, Tablet Or Mobile
If you can’t watch the spelling be on your TV or computer, ESPN has you covered with their ESPN App. As long as you have a cable or satellite provider, you can download the app for free in the App Store, the Google Play store, or the Windows Store.
You can also watch the competition on the Sling app. Sign up for a free Sling trial and download their app from the App store or Google Play store. There is also a Sling app for Apple TV, Xbox One, Roku, Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV.
DIRECTV also has a DIRECTV NOW app on App Store and Google Play store where you can watch Winnipeg vs. Vegas for free if you sign up for the seven-day trial and cancel it before the trial period ends.