Jim Williams: Sports television offers a prescription for no-NFL blues

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Sports,Jim Williams

This the first weekend since August that there won't be at least one football game to watch. You could watch game reruns on the NFL Network, but there are some very entertaining sports on TV other than football.

A good place to start would be with the world's best football -- soccer. Saturdays and Sundays are full of great action that begins most weekends at 10 a.m. Fox Soccer is home to the Barclays Premier League and the UEFA Champions League games. Newcomer beIN Sports also has plenty of great soccer with live quadruple-headers most weekends. Their action comes from the Italian Serie A league, French Ligue 1 and Spain's Primera Division Soccer.

How about some college basketball? Well ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, CBS Sports Network, NBC Sports Network, MASN and Comcast SportsNet have over 200 games between now and March Madness.

NBA lives on ESPN/ABC, TNT, NBA TV and CSN, so while the Wizards don't look quite ready for a playoff run, there are plenty of good games for viewers to watch. And don't forget that NBA All Star Weekend is a week away.

NHL games are on NBC Sports Network, NBC, NHL Network and CSN, so while the Capitals are off to a slow start, viewers can keep up with the teams Washington will have to beat to get back in the playoffs.

The Golf Channel offers plenty of good European Tour action early Saturday and Sunday mornings and they get you ready for the afternoon's action. CBS will be at Pebble Beach this week for the AT&T Pro-Am and in Los Angeles next week for the Northern Trust Open, then NBC will follow the tour the following seven weeks leading up to The Masters on CBS.

I think you get the idea -- there is life after football. Starting in just three weeks there will be plenty of baseball to watch as well. There is the World Baseball Classic and spring training on the MLB Network as well as the Nationals and Orioles on MASN.

It's time to refocus and adjust to winter/spring sports mode. The Daytona 500, March Madness, The Masters and the return of Nationals baseball that should at least pass the time till the NFL Draft.

Examiner columnist Jim Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning TV producer, director and writer. Follow him on Twitter @wordmandc.

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