It’s hard to imagine getting things done today without having apps on our phones to help us out. Whether it’s sending an email, purchasing something online, booking a table at a restaurant or some other tasks, apps make life so much easier.
Sports fans are one market that makes heavy use of apps, enjoying the convenience these apps, just like many others, provide. Being able to log into an app allows fans to follow their favorite sports more easily, learn about them or, depending on the type of app, bet on the outcome of events. Below is a look at five must-have apps all sports fans should install on their phone.
The Draft Kings app is a must for anyone who’s into football or any kind of sports betting, and wants to do so without any hassle. The app offers a wide range of betting choices. There are opportunities to bet not just on the outcome, but also on a range of other aspects of the game (the props bets).
Other features on the app include live in-game betting and betting pools. NFL isn’t the only sport it’s possible to bet on. A wide variety of sports, including college football, soccer, hockey, golf, boxing, baseball and more are all available for wagering. The app is easy to navigate, works well and brings together several different functions all in one app, whereas other apps might require the users to download more apps to enjoy the same amount of functions.
The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) app, which is a globally based American sports channel, has its own app, available on iOS and Android. It’s one of the best sports apps around, allowing fans to keep up to date with scores, access news and watch video highlights.
Within the app, there’s a section for the ESPN+ subscribers. Subscription to the service enables them to capture live events in a number of sports, including the National Hockey League (NHL), Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), soccer and college sports. Subscribers can also view ESPN Originals, such as shows from Peyton Manning, Kevin Durant, Dana White and other big names in the sports world.
Bleacher Report focuses on sports and sports culture, with journalists and bloggers covering a vast range of sports, from NFL, MLB and NHL, to NASCAR, mixed martial arts (MMA) and more. Like many other sports apps, users can stay up to date with live scores and watch video highlights of events, but one of the best things about the app is the level of personalization. App users can read about in-depth articles about the teams, players and leagues that matter to them most.
Not only the above, but sports fans who install the apps on their phone can receive news alerts of breaking stories on their phone. This keeps them constantly in the know about the latest sporting events, whether it’s a transfer or other happening in the sports world. All in all, the Bleacher Report app is tremendous, and is available on iOS and Android.
NCAA March Madness Live
March Madness, the college basketball tournament that takes place every spring, is one of the most riveting events in the US sporting calendar. A sports fan may only use the app for the three weeks over which the tournament takes place, rather than the whole year round, but the app is virtually unbeatable during those three weeks.
The app is free and serves as an excellent substitute when a fan is unable to get to a game or to get tickets for one. Fans don’t have to miss a moment of the championship. They can stream games live — games broadcast on CBS are free to watch, whereas fans must pay a subscription to watch games aired on TBS, TNT or TruTV — or just capture the highlights and can also check their brackets.
The app provides updates on fans’ favorite teams. There’s also real-time commentary and analysis all through the tournament, too. It’s the app to use for following the March Madness.
Although the app requires a cable, satellite or live TV subscription to watch events or access content on some parts of it, fans may feel it’s money well spent. The NBC Sports app is especially good for following and enjoying Olympic coverage, allowing enthusiasts to steer clear of the many setbacks that occur during the organization of such a huge, prestigious event.
NBC has a variety of regional networks and allows users to stream live events from them, including baseball, football, ice hockey and basketball. Horse racing, golf, NASCAR racing and tennis are other events fans can stream if they wish to. Like the Draft Kings app and ESPN, NBC places services and/brands within a single app, so that users of Sports Gold, the Olympic Channel, Telemundo Deportes, Golf Channel and NBC Sports can access services all in one place.
Fans will also receive reminders of upcoming sports events and, for some events, will even receive alternate cameras and extra content. They can capture replays of events they enjoyed or weren’t able to catch live.
Just like many other apps, sports apps provide the users with convenience, making it possible for them to keep up with all the latest sports news and events. They may have to subscribe for some services but could well feel it’s worth it when they access the content and get to experience the action in real time.