Buzzer Beaters: 11 Eleventh-Hour Gifts for the Sports Fan

December 11, 2014

Out of time — and ideas — for your sports-obsessed loved one? Well then, we bring good tidings. Imagine the jaw-dropping delight when you offer to pay a friend’s DIRECTV subscription (you can reimburse them for their bill). After all, DIRECTV is the undisputed leader in sports. We’re talking nearly nonstop football action every Sunday with NFL SUNDAY TICKET, giving you every out-of-market game every Sunday. We’re talking 99% worry-free signal reliability (Based on a Nationwide Study of Representative cities), so sports (and everything else!) are enjoyed without interference or interruption. Plus, DIRECTV is rated no. 1 in customer satisfaction over all other cable and satellite providers.* Our gift to you: 11 ideas for gifts you can purchase in your pajamas.

*2014 American Customer Satisfaction Index

1. Serve Up the Ultimate Snack Holder: At the crossroads of hilarity and function is the football helmet snack carrier. This plastic accoutrement can be emblazoned with a team logo and has a scooped-out top for, say, chips, with two other compartments above the facemask for whatever else feeds your game-time hunger. Helmet in hand, the dedicated fan need not even make a commercial run for the kitchen.

2. Courtside Seats to Every Game: NBA LEAGUE PASS, on DIRECTV, offers the most NBA basketball on TV, period. Up to 40 out-of-market games a week1, and you can take your rock-star seating with you wherever you roam because NBA LEAUGE PASS includes watching on your laptop or mobile device at no extra cost.2

3. Two Heads Are Better Than One: Another item sure to bring a smile as well as offer a little levity on any desk—the bobblehead. Just about every sport has bobbleheads of major players. Combine something a bit wacky like this with something a bit classy like a beautiful blanket, and you’ve got a perfect 1-2 punch.

4. Good News for the Sunday Blues: NFL SUNDAY TICKET on only DIRECTV brings you every play of every out-of-market game, every Sunday. Nationwide. The takeaway? Countless hours of delight because there’s nothing quite like the sound of a crisp tackle in the afternoon.

5. Fanwear: Keep your sports fan warm and cozy in his or her true colors all winter long with gear from the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB.

6. ESPN FULL COURT: What this package available on DIRECTV adds up to is a whole lot of collegiate dribble. You’ll get up to 30 games a week to choose from,1 including a long list of major top-conference matchups. Marching bands included. (Sort of.)

7. Sports Trivia Apps: Some are free and all are fun: Just load one up on your fan’s phone as an added bit of tinsel. Many have a game-show vibe with a mode to play against.

8.Pay-Per-View Fights on DIRECTV: No need to book a flight to Vegas for an up-close—and we mean in-the-corner close—experience of gloved legends going mano a mano. Big names, big titles, killer abs.

9. Playtime for the Commercial Breaks: There’s a wide range of freestanding indoor basketball games, including the ones with two hoops so you can compete with whoever else is home. Perfect for those commercial breaks: Two minutes of tossing mini round balls is not only a great way to hone the wrist follow-through on your jump shot, it will also get you up off the couch.

10. Sports Tats That Don’t Last: What fan wouldn’t like a temporary tattoo of their favorite team’s logo? These are easy to find and afford: A four-pack runs about $3.

11. A Whole Bunch of Crunch: Serious couch time demands sustenance, something that partners well with beer. A massive gourmet popcorn tin with a sports-themed logo does the trick quite nicely. Sweet, salty, cheesy goodness.

 

 

1Actual number of games varies by market. Blackout restrictions and other conditions apply.

2 Games available via remote viewing based on device location. Only one game may be accessed from any device at any given time.Online application is only available on certain operating systems. Computer hardware, software, and Internet connection not included. Mobile phone application only available on certain devices from certain providers. Additional data charges may apply. Please check with your service provider.

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