Scripps Spelling Bee 2021 live stream: Watch finals on ESPN2

The Scripps Nationwide Spelling Bee is again this yr, celebrating practically a century of testing kids’s information of weird and obscure phrases, pulled from the furthest reaches of the vocabularic universe.

The annual custom has lengthy been a vibrant spot in aggressive leisure, broadcasting live from Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, as celebrity grade-school spellers dazzle full-grown adults with their superior understanding of Latin roots and literary references. On this yr’s run, contestants have been pitched recherché lexis corresponding to arenicolous—an adjective for dwelling, burrowing, or rising in sand—and pettifoggery, which refers back to the enterprise of “quibbling over trifles.”

The 2020 contest was scuttled because of the COVID-19 pandemic—the primary yr the occasion has skipped since World Warfare II—however it went forward with digital rounds and semifinals this June. The finals, occurring tonight at 8 p.m. EST, will pit 11 challengers towards one another for the possibility to win the Scripps Cup, 1000’s of {dollars} in money prizes courtesy of bee-partner Merriam Webster, and—fittingly—a set of historic Encyclopædia Britannica replicas.

Right here’s methods to watch:

If in case you have cable

  • Tune in to ESPN2 or ESPNU—you’ll be able to swap on your tv, or stream by way of ESPN.com or the ESPN app.
  • The printed begins at 8 p.m. jap and can finish round 10 p.m. jap, or at any time when a victor is said. (2019’s finals have been a marathon that led to an eight-way tie, however this yr’s “lightning spherical spell-off” guidelines hope to stop that.)

For those who’re a cord-cutter

  • ESPN comes bundled with some streaming companies, together with Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, YouTube TV, fuboTV, and Vidgo.
  • For those who simply need to watch the bee, Hulu + Live TV and fuboTV each at present have a 1-week free trial, YouTube TV has a 2-week free trial.