ESPN and ESPN+
Price: Free / $4.99 per month
ESPN has one of the most comprehensive sports platforms in all of media. Some people don’t like them and that’s okay, but one cannot deny the breadth of features and coverage they have. That includes sports scores from a variety of leagues, a streaming service (ESPN+) with sports coverage from multiple leagues, a competent fantasy sports platform, and at least a semi-decent selection of written news, rumors, op-eds, and other content like that. Of course, ESPN is mostly for North American sports fans. The streaming service costs $4.99 per month and includes a lot of niche sports along with some popular ones. You can get ESPN+ as part of the Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ bundle for $12.99 per month. It’s an easy way to hook yourself up with sports while also getting other stuff for the family.
Price: Free / $9.99 per month
Feedly is an RSS reader app. Those aren’t as popular as they used to be but it lets you follow whatever blogs, sites, and news sources you want. That works great for sports fans. It lets you follow various sites without downloading their app and bloating up your phone. Additionally, you can get those indie sports news sources that usually don’t have apps. It lets you follow the sources and sports that you want without any additional fluff. The app is also free with an optional subscription in case you need way more features.
Price: Free / Up to $9.99
Podcast Addict is an excellent podcatcher. It scrapes iTunes so basically any podcast on iTunes is available here as well. This is a great one-stop shop for sports podcasts from most sports. I personally use this to listen to 31 Thoughts and Hockey Central at Noon, two hockey podcasts. There are plenty of other options as well. The UI is nothing special, but you get a ton of organizational features and it’s relatively easy to use after an hour or two of looking around. You can remove ads and unlock everything for a single in-app purchase that is actually less than $9.99.
Price: Free / $2.99
SofaScore is arguably the best sports scores app out there. It has scores for basically everything. That includes football (both types), baseball, basketball, and hockey along with random stuff like darts, badminton, bandy, tennis, volleyball, rugby, cycling, and even Motosport. The UI is clean and the organization is surprisingly good for how many sports scores this app covers. It’s a must for basically anybody that enjoys sports from all over the place. Seriously, this app is that good.
theScore is an app with many ups and downs over the years. However, it’s on an upswing right now and when it’s up, it’s one of the best sports apps. It has news, scores, schedules, and other information about most major sports in North America and several more abroad. It also includes various special features for major events like The World Cup and even a public chat feature if you’re into that sort of thing. It’s easily among the best news apps for sports fans and its extras are just icing on the cake.
Price: Free / $9.99 per month
TuneIn Radio is probably the best radio app for sports fans. It features a bunch of radio stations from all around the world and that includes talk radio and sports radio. There are over 100,000 stations and podcasts on the site. Additionally, the app supports live games for MLB, NBA, NFL, and NHL. However, that is a premium feature. This is an excellent app for people who still like the old charms of listening to the game on the radio. The free version comes with most of the stations. There is a $9.99 per month subscription for stuff like curated live games.
Twitter is a terrible place full of hateful people. However, sports are one of the few bright spots on the social network. Most leagues have their own Twitter profile as do most teams and most players along with bloggers, TV personalities, and other sports pundits. This lets you follow along with basically everything that’s happening. Some players prefer Instagram over Twitter for their personal stuff. Those who like to follow players may want to try Instagram as well. In any case, teams and leagues often post scores, highlights, updates, news, and some fun banter among themselves. The times are changing and Twitter is probably a faster place to get some of this stuff than many sports news apps.
Yahoo Sports is a large platform with a lot of features. The news side of things is its bread and butter. They cover most sports around the world and they have blogs that cover some sports more in-depth or from different angles. Additionally, they stream the occasional live game and that included 2019’s Super Bowl. Finally, their fantasy sports platform is arguably the best in its genre with a competent fantasy sports app. It’s not a terrible ecosystem to be a part of. All of the apps are free. Yahoo Fantasy Sports allows for the occasional paid league if you want.
Price: Free / $12.99 per month
YouTube is an excellent catch-all for sports fans. You know that if you miss something it’ll be on YouTube within the hour. Plus, there are a variety of excellent highlight channels that put together some seriously epic highlight reel supercuts. It’s not a great place for news, scores, or streaming live sports. However, it’s an excellent spot to relive old classics, catch up on highlights, and lose yourself for 20 minutes while you watch every unassisted triple play ever recorded on TV. The premium version removes ads, allows for background play, and gives you access to YouTube Music.
Official league apps
Price: Free / Varies
Most sports leagues have their own apps. This is especially true for North American sports and at least most European football leagues. These apps give you schedules, sport scores, updates, news, and some even stream live games. The subscription costs vary from sport to sport. However, the core mechanic is basically the same. You get access to every out of market game. These are excellent apps for sports fans. The non-streaming portions of all of these apps are free.
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