February 1, 2015
2015 is the best year yet to be a sports fan. If you own a smartphone, you have a new world of sports entertainment right in the palm of your hand.
Sports apps allow you to access the latest news, schedules and stats with just a few taps. And it doesn't stop there. You can also view high-res pictures, even stream live video, and chat with others during the game. 2014 had some great sports apps, but 2015 is looking to be even better. Here’s some new ones to check out:
ESPN's flagship app (formerly ScoreCenter) has been around awhile, but it’s getting even better. You can view news and video highlights about various teams and leagues. The app is now personally tailored to the user through a customizable list of favorite teams. It includes ESPN's universal coverage of all things sports, including NASCAR, soccer and now even lower-profile sports like MMA and bowling — basically any sport you can think of.
If you’re surfing, bodyboarding, or even skimboarding, this is a must-have app. Not only does it give you all the information you need about the tides and how big the waves will be, but it also gives you the option to see an entire month’s worth of tides at once. That way you can see how the tide is rising or dropping and plan your trips around it. No more going to the beach and discovering that the waves are weak or too strong. Tide Graph should be the go-to app for planning all your watersport trips.
SportsBoard is joining the paperless revolution in the college sports arena. It’s a new recruiting, measuring, and tracking app that helps coaches keep an eye on player efficiency. These days, many pro teams are starting to use analytics to win games, and SpoartsBoard makes it easy to keep track of it all. It can also be used for youth coaches so they can keep track of stats without a pen, paper, and clipboard.
When you're just not satisfied with sports here in the good old USA, cross over the pond to England for the latest sports news worldwide. The BBC app offers solid, unbiased journalism coupled with reports on sports facts, interviews, statistics and a unique feature, sports issues.
On the social side of apps, we have SportsLobster. It has news, blogs, and live game data, but also has ways for fans to interact with each other through polls, predictions, and discussions. Like Twitter, you can interact with famous athletes who have their own accounts, like soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
SportsManias is all about YOUR teams. Pick a few from each sport and get unlimited access to news, trade-rumors, and in-game news. The best part about it is the new “Head to Head” feature that puts articles from opposing teams’ writers right next to each other. So if you’re watching the Steelers play the Ravens, you’ll see what each side is saying. It sure fuels the competitive nature of the game.
Gone are the days where you needed to ask people for sports updates. Your smartphone is your best friend when it comes to sports, and sports apps are revolutionary for providing you with up-to-the-minute details of your games and teams. In addition to the wealth of information you can possess, you can also learn about and track sports news from all around the world.
So what are you waiting for? Get out and play!
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