The internet has made it easier than ever before to follow all the action, both on and off the field, for all of our favorite sports. Whether you’re at home waiting for the game to start and you want to see the latest expert predictions or you’re taking a stroll through the park and you want to see the score, it’s now possible to stay up to date with every kick, tackle, swing, goal, run, and overtake.
Smartphones have made this even easier, by combining portability with HD screens and always-on internet connections, giving us everything we want at our fingertips.
If you’re a sports fan, here are some of the types of app you might want to help you follow your favorite sport, team, or athlete.
Until recently, when you wanted to watch a game you had two choices. You either went to the stadium to watch in person or you tuned in on TV, often through an expensive cable package.
However, the myriad of streaming services that are now available mean that we have access to our favorite sports from just about anywhere with a decent internet connection.
Traditional television broadcasters have their own streaming services, such as ESPN+ and Peacock. Most major sports leagues also have their own “over the top” (OTT) streaming platforms too.
NBA fans can watch basketball games through NBA TV, football fans can watch games through NFL Game Pass, and NHL.tv is the official platform for all NHL games.
Unfortunately, the patchwork of streaming services means you’ll likely need to have more than one app (or paid subscription) if you want to watch every game as these OTT services aren’t allowed to show games that are available to watch on TV in your area. These “blackout” games will need to be watched through cable or you’ll have to wait for the blackout period to be over (usually in a day or two).
In the US, sports betting is becoming more accessible and more popular among fans. It’s no longer necessary to take a road trip to Nevada just to wager on a football game. In around two dozen states you can now do it from the comfort of your own home through your smartphone.
In most states, there are at least a handful (often more) of different sportsbooks operating, so it can be a good idea to shop around to find the best odds. For example, fans looking to wager on college football can use services to compare the different SEC conference winner betting odds to see which bookie gives them the best value before they choose which one to give their money to.
Even if you don’t want to place any wagers, betting apps can be useful as they give you an insight into which teams are believed to be the strongest. Sportsbooks employ skilled handicappers to predict the outcome of games to help them set the odds of each team. Since these odds are available to the public, you have free access to data that can help you understand what will happen when the game is played.
There are times when you might not be able to watch a game, either because it’s blacked-out in your area or because you’re busy with work or a social engagement. In which case, you will probably still want to know what’s going on.
Thankfully, there are plenty of great smartphone apps to help you here. In fact, many sports betting apps will offer live scores, but there are other places you can look to instead.
Google offers live scores on most major international sports, including the NFL and the English Premier League, you can just search your team’s name in your browser during a game and it’ll show up. Many sports broadcasters, leagues, and general news outlets also have apps that display live scores, text commentary, and other updates.