With the advent of cable television, sports fanatics had more ways than ever to watch games and get news regarding their favorite players and teams. The mobile revolution is further facilitating the sports fan’s needs by providing this same access in the palm of the hand. The way it’s able to do this is through those addicting little features called mobile apps.
Of course, the sports world is a big one, which means there are quite a few sports-related apps flooding the smartphone market. So in the interests of separating the wheat from the chafe, here are some of the best apps currently available for sports junkies of all stripes.
WatchESPN – free, iOS/Android
This app puts the godfather of all cable sports networks right on the user’s handheld. Those who install this app can stream their favorite ESPN programs, such as Sports Center, to their handheld and even watch old games and shows on demand.
Nike+ — free, iOS/Android
Just because a person watches a ton of sports doesn’t mean he or she needs to spend all day on the sofa. Nike+ is a useful option for those runners who would like detailed info on just how far they run during their routines. The app can also track distance, pace and calories burned. All data is spread across many runs, so the user can get an overall idea of how just how effective their running is.
Yahoo! Sportacular – free, iOS/Android
The stats and nothing but the stats, that’s what this app provides. Yahoo! Sportacular is a straightforward option with few features and a simple but effective interface. Those who want score and stats in a timely fashion need look no further than this option. It provides detailed info on all major sports, even European soccer.
Scoremobile – free, Android/iOS/BlackBerry
Another score provider, this app is a good alternative to Sportacular for those who want some extra features and customization with their scores. Besides scores, Scoremobile allows the user to access live coverage from every major sport, including MLB, NBA, NFL, NCAA, CFL and even mixed martial arts. The app also provides real-time alerts and section called “My Score,” which users can customize according to their favorite sports.
MLB.com At Bat — $14.99 iOS/Android
Baseball fans everywhere can rejoice knowing that their favorite teams are only the tap of a touch-screen away. This app allows users to stream every MLB game live to their smartphone or tablet. Not only that, but MLB.com At Bat features a customizable interface that allows baseball fans to focus on their favorite teams as well as keep a close eye on that team’s chief rivals. The app also comes with a full database of stats, roster info and offers current news.
These are just a few apps that should be welcome on any sports fan’s handheld device. And while there are plenty more on the market – with more flooding the App Store every day – these above options should provide all relevant news and media to sate the hunger of any discerning sports fan.