Sports bring people together. Whether it is watching them, playing them or creating fantasy teams, you can always find someone who roots for your home team. Unfortunately not all people can watch ESPN all day, so you might miss the big game, that’s where apps come in. No matter where you are or what you’re doing, scores and other updates will come directly to your pocket. These five apps are all free and perfect for any sports fan.
It wouldn’t be a sports round up if ESPN wasn’t involved. The newsest update to the app is a bit clunky but it is still the best place to find sports news. The company has a series of apps, one to get fantasy information, one to stream TV and of course the original. The first thing you do when you open the app for the first time is choose your favorite teams. This way you don’t have to wade through news about things you don’t care about. The home page is broken into three sections. Scores delivers updates of current games with your favorite teams at the top. The next is news where you can get clips from Sports Center and blog updates. Scroll over to Now and you will see tweets and breaking news posts. You will only get notifications about your favorite teams but you can search for others by sport or team. The app also gives you access to ESPN radio if you need to listen on the go.
- Easy to find favorite teams
- Good variety of teams to follow
- Access to ESPN radio
- Have to log in to use
- A big clunky to navigate
2. Sports Feed
Sports Feed is a cleaned up version of ESPN. Sign in, select your favorite sports and teams and turn on notifications. Toggle between the main page that pulls sports news from around the web and Live score updates so you never miss a thing. When you open an article it will display a text version that gets rid of all the ads, but if you miss the original form toggle to web at the top of the page. Quickly share the article with the button in the top right corner. The most handy thing the schedule feature. Scroll over to it and you’ll see when all your favorite teams are playing and which channel the game is on.
- Live score updates
- Easy to read schedule of upcoming games
- Live scores are laid out nicely
- Ads from websites
- Newsfeed shows teams you didn’t favorite
- Some teams are easy to search for
Fancred combines social media with sports in the ultimate way to be a fan. Upload photos, write comments and add articles about your favorite teams right from the app. Begin by creating a profile using Facebook or an email, then pull in friends to create a crew. Pull in people from your phone or online friends and what they post will appear on your feed. On game day, you’ll see photos from the stadium as well as people watching at a bar or from home. Connect with lovers of your favorite teams to celebrate wins and commiserate losses. The coolest thing about the app is that players can also get involved bring the teams and fans closer together. Fancred just added more teams so everyone can get involved. You can post onto certain team pages or just on the home page.
- Huge selection of teams to choose from
- Upload and tweet inside the app
- Connect with friends and players
- Have to log in to use
- Works better with Facebook
- Have to build up a crew
Rotoworld is your one stop for all fantasy news. Sort by sport for a big overview or find a specific player’s injury report. The main page is broken up into News, Top Stories and My News. The main newsfeed is broken up into one sentence updates that you can easily scroll through or tap on one to learn more. Share certain updates on Facebook, email or Twitter. The My News section is made up of all the teams or players you follow. Set up notifications so you know exactly who to bench or trade on your fantasy team.
- Follow certain players
- Easy to scroll through
- Don’t need to log in to use
- Banner ads
- Only brief updates
- Share function is a bit buggy
5. Breaking Sports
Living up to its name, Breaking Sports delivers scores, injury reports and any other breaking news. Follow your favorite sports, players and teams so you never miss a thing. Focus just on rumors or line-up changes or get updates about everything. Now the app is available for Apple Watch so you don’t even have to take your phone out of your pocket to get updates. Everything is simple to use and color coded. Breaking Sports doesn’t provide in-depth blog posts or articles but it is a great way to find a Twitter-like feed of everything you could need to know. It can be difficult to get news about just one team or one sport, even after you follow your favorites the app will show all the news from the day.
- Short updates about all breaking sports news
- Can follow a player or a team
- Decide what kind of news to receive
- Sometimes get duplicate notifications
- Hard to regulate newsfeed
- Game times aren’t always accurate
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