How to Watch the 2019 World’s Strongest Man Competition

The event lasts from June 13th to June 16th and will be broadcast soon after.

The most hotly anticipated strongman competition of the year is upon us: the 2019 World’s Strongest Man event will take place in Bradenton, Florida from Thursday, June 13th until Sunday, June 16th. Every strongman fan on Earth wants to watch it… and they’ll have to wait.

How to Watch the 2019 World’s Strongest Man

In short, you can’t watch it — not live, anyway. But this year, the turnaround from when the event occurs to its television debut will be faster than ever.

The competition is known for their strict policies with regard to live streaming or live broadcast. In our discussions with the event’s organizers, we began to understand why: the events last for four full days and there’s a lot of down time between events. They need time to edit it together into a watchable TV package.

But here’s the good news: the World’s Strongest Man will be split up into several “episodes” and the first will air on June 30th on CBS. It will be one hour long, sources at World’s Strongest Man have confirmed to BarBend.

Check out the full airing schedule below! 

CBS

  • CBS: Sunday, June 30th — Shows 1 & 2 (Premiere)

CBSSN

  • CBSSN: Thursday, July 11th — Shows 1 & 2 (Encore)
  • CBSSN: Thursday, July 18th — Shows 3 & 4 (Consecutive Within Same Hour)
  • CBSSN: Thursday, July 25th — Show 5 (Preceded By Episode 4 Within Same Hour)
  • CBSSN: Thursday, August 1st — Show 6 (Preceded By Episode 5 Within Same Hour)
  • CBSSN: Thursday, August 8th — Show 7 (Preceded By Episode 6 Within Same Hour)
  • CBSSN: Thursday, August 15th — Show 8 (Preceded By Episode 7 Within Same Hour)
  • CBSSN: Thursday, August 22nd —Shows 9 & 10 Premieres (Consecutive Within Same Hour)

CBS

  • CBS: Sunday, September 1st — Show 11 (Finals + The Premiere)

CBSSNN

  • CBSSN: Sunday, September 1st —Show 11 (Finals/Encore) – 9 PM

Exactly two weeks from the end of the event to the first episode on television. That’s the fastest World’s Strongest Man has ever made it to TV. Last year, there was over a month between the event ending on May 6th and airing on June 10th.

And historically, most broadcasts took months to make it to the airwaves — it’s well known that World’s  Strongest Man used to air only during the Christmas season (it still does in the United Kingdom), and the athletes and producers weren’t able to say who won the event for some six months between the event and the broadcast.

[See the full roster of athletes and events for the 2019 World’s Strongest Man!]

At the time of writing, we don’t know how many episodes there will be. But for context, last year’s TV schedule consisted of ten half-hour episodes and a one-hour finale, spread out over about three months. (You can see the 2018 World’s Strongest Man schedule here.) The first two episodes aired on the same night in a one-hour block.

While you won’t see any official live broadcasts during the event itself, plenty of fans will be uploading updates, and the results of the competition will likely be no secret once they’re announced. Check out our news section to stay up to date on the winners.

Featured image via @thorbjornsson on Instagram.

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. At BarBend his writing more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.

7 thoughts on “How to Watch the 2019 World’s Strongest Man Competition”

  1. With the amount of social media now, not live streaming is just silly, the crossfit games manage it, WSM needs to step their game up, the sport needs exposure
    Gaging competitors from saying who won is ridiculous, it’s all over the net 30 mins after the event ends

  2. Surely I wont be able to avoid spoilers on who won until it comes out on tv, plus it will probably not air in any channel in my country so ill have to wait for someone to put it up on youtube a few days later… This is 2019, if Strongman is to become a widely known sport and get the attention it deserves to become more relevant then it needs to step up its game.

  3. World Strongest Man has an out of date way of handling things.

    In this day and age you should provide a way to buy to watch the full event streamed live from the internet. To be honest, at this point I hope the event will be replaced by another one owned by a different company that understands what fans wants.

  4. Most people who are into WSM will know the results before it airs, so they’ll not even bother to watch it. Try live streaming ONE DAY, and see how many viewers you get.

  5. The Arnold Classic was able to live stream their entire event on the Rogue YouTube channel so I think it’s pretty doable. Not live streaming with the amount of social media these days is ridiculous, no one’s going to want to watch it 2 weeks after the event when it’s already old news.

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