There are a handful of websites like FirstRow Sports that provide live, complimentary streams of nearly any sporting event you can think of. These sites are typically laden with ads and pop-ups. These ads are specifically designed to dupe viewers into clicking, including false “close” boxes, play buttons and “click here to close” or “click here to install” nonsense. Don’t be deterred; if you know where tip-toe you won’t step on the glass.
Tips & Examples
If you’re unsure, don’t click
When a pop-up opens on its own, or you accidentally click something and an ad opens in a new window, avoid closing it by “x-ing it out”. With the ad window active, press ALT+F4 on your keyboard to close the window (see figure below).
Let pesky ads run their course
Sometimes you’ll get a “this ad will close in …” window with no obvious way to close it. These ads will often present false close boxes that lead to more ads. For example, when you open a stream on FirstRow Sports, the actual stream is typically preceded by an ad overlay that runs automatically (see figure below). Sometimes these ads will provide a legitimate way to skip the ad (see screenshot), but most of the time you have to let them finish playing.
Click full-screen toggle to bypass the ad and load your stream
If active (sometimes it is greyed-out), full-screen toggle can be clicked to maximize the window and bypass the ad (see figure below).
Beware of dupes
Windows that say “click here to play” or “Download” are typically tricks to get you to click.
Keep in mind that certain streams do require a plugin to play in a web browser. If you’re unsure about a plugin, Google it before installing it. (WARNING! Install plugins at your own risk!)
Sometimes the right X is the red X
If you’re going to click, click smart. The “x” that actually closes an ad is usually tiny, hard to see and red in color. REMEMBER: You click at your own risk! Here are some examples:
I hope this helps you wade through all the BS. I hate BS. Be sure to Rate, Comment, Like, Share and Follow before you leave.