In order to view college football games for free on ESPN 360, viewers must have an internet connection from an ESPN360.com affiliated internet service provider. Most people won't know if their internet connection is affiliated with ESPN until they log into the site.
The ESPN site states: ESPN360.com is available at no charge to fans who receive their high-speed internet connection from an ESPN360.com affiliated internet service provider. ESPN360.com is also available to fans that access the internet from U.S. college campuses and U.S. military bases.
A drop down list on ESPN360.com pops up if your internet connection is not part of the ESPN affiliation.
Your current computer network falls outside of these categories. Here’s how you can get access to ESPN360.com. Please select your internet service provider from the list. If you can't find yours, select 'Not Found' at the bottom
The drop down list has a fairly comprehensive list of internet service providers. Of course mine, Cox.net, is not one of them. In that case, I had to click on "Not Found" at the bottom of the list, fully expecting to get an alternate way to click.
Here ix the solution provided by ESPN360.com:
Switch to an ESPN360.com affiliated internet service provider or to contact your internet service provider and request ESPN360.com. Click here to enter your ZIP code and find out which providers in your area carry offer ESPN360.com
By the time you find out that you really can't watch for free because only select internet providers are hooked-up with ESPN, most of the games are over. Just to see what would happen, I entered my zip code and the message was loud and clear -- a big no way.
Sorry, ESPN is not available through your ISP, Cox Communications. Use the form below to tell Cox Communications you want ESPN360.com as part of your broadband package. TAKE ACTION NOW!
So, if you must watch college football games online because you can't watch them on television, it may not be as easy as just logging in and watching for free on ESPN 360.