Folks won’t have to wait until December to get their dose of the SBD World’s Strongest Man. According to a release from World’s Strongest Man’s PR team, the 2020 WSM will offer daily, live access throughout the competition over Facebook Live for $1.99. The competition occurs from Nov. 11-15, 2020, in Bradenton, FL, but fans can start streaming content the day before. And, perhaps surprisingly to some, this content will include results.
It’s worth noting the Facebook show won’t include full live event coverage. To watch the full events, people will still need to tune into CBS and CBS Sports in December, with specific dates to be released. For those in the UK, the show will air on Channel 5 starting on Dec. 26, 2020. (There are a number of other international broadcasters carrying it worldwide.)
The big draw for the Facebook Live show, called “World’s Strongest Man: Live from Bradenton,” is the daily results. In the past, WSM has attempted to keep the show’s happenings under wraps until the network air date. Of course, considering that almost everyone has a smartphone and access to social media, clips and results of the premier strongman show usually end up making it onto the internet anyway.
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However, this stream will offer more detail and access than what Twitter or Instagram can provide. The show will be hosted by former BarBend editor Nick English. It’ll kick off the day before the competition with a tour of the “SBD World’s Strongest Man Boneyard,” led by Highland Games competitor and strongman Gregor Edmunds. English will provide fans with a preview of each day’s events, athlete arrivals, detailed event recaps, and post-action interviews with the competitors on the actual competition days. Though the events have yet to be released, fans can expect some carrying event, pressing movement, and deadlift variation.
The live stream will cost $1.99 for the full week of coverage. You can check out the official Facebook page, and here’s a rundown of the daily streams:
- Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, 4:30-5 p.m. EST: Competition Preview
- Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, 4:30-5 p.m. EST: Qualifier Recap — Day One
- Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, 4:30-5 p.m. EST: Qualifier Recap — Day Two
- Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, 4:30-5 p.m. EST: Finals Preview
- Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, 4:30-5 p.m. EST: Finals Recap — Day One
- Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, 4:30-5 p.m. EST: Finals Recap — Day Two
For more information on who is competing, you can check out the official WSM athlete roster, which was exclusively released to BarBend.
Editor’s Note: The original version of this article implied that the live stream would cost $1.99 per day. “World’s Strongest Man: Live from Bradenton” will cost $1.99 for the full week of coverage.
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