Lions vs All Blacks: How to Watch Third Test Via Live Stream and TV for U.S. Viewers

The British and Irish Lions are one of sport's last great bastions of tradition in an ultra-professional world.

For three years out of every four, England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland hammer lumps out of each other, and France and Italy, in the Six Nations tournament. When they do play teams from the southern hemisphere, it is as separate nations. The Celtic countries have a fearsome rivalry with each other. All of them, for different but justifiable reasons, hate England. Teaming up should be anathema. And yet one summer in four, it happens. The Lions tour the great southern hemisphere powerhouses of South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. And somehow, despite regular calls for the Lions to disband due to the intense physical demands of modern club rugby, it's kind of brilliant.

In Wellington last Saturday, a project that seems to teeter permanently on the edge of anachronism roared into life, as Sonny Bill Williams's early red card sent the All Blacks to the rarest of defeats. Now the series heads to a decider at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand's northernmost major city.

A series victory would be remarkable, because even with the combined talents of four major rugby-playing nations, the Lions usually lose. Victory in South Africa in 1997 was followed by 16 barren years, until a squad coached by Warren Gatland pulled off a memorable 2-1 series victory in Australia.

Remarkable, too, because of the quality of the opposition. The All Blacks last lost a Test in November 2016, a wild encounter with Ireland in Chicago. They have won the past two Rugby World Cups. There's an enduring fascination as to how a country of under five million people can be quite so consistently sublime. But New Zealand are. The Lions have a chance to make a dent in that bodywork, and justify their existence for another four years at the same time.

Gatland, a New Zealander who coaches Wales in his day job, has faced accusations of favoring his Wales players on this tour. He's stuck with the same team that beat the All Blacks 24-21 in Wellington, where the midfield combination of England's Owen Farrell and Ireland fly-half Jonathan Sexton gave the Lions much-needed attacking impetus.

With a mad time difference of 16 hours between the east coast and Wellington, you will need to be seriously hardy to catch the game on U.S. television. For those who can keep their eyes open, ESPN 2 and ESPN 3 are both showing the decider live from 4 a.m. E.S.T. Watch ESPN, the network's streaming service, is showing the game from 3.30 a.m. E.S.T.