You don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to enjoy a professional sporting event. One of the world’s favorite pastimes is watching a game, whether you’re soaking up the live energy at a stadium or catching the entertainment on TV in the comfort of your own home. For the real sports fans, missing a game just isn’t acceptable and keeping up with current sports news is crucial. Luckily, there are a number of internet resources to recap events, keep you updated on real-time scores, and bring you breaking sports-related news. Today, we bring you the best sites for keeping up with your favorite sports.
1. Bleacher Report
Bleacher Report was founded in 2006 and began as an open-ended platform for all participants to have their blogs published and, thus, their voices heard. There has since been a moderating system established so that only the top tier of writers are published, to avoid an overwhelming mass of bad writers. This adjustment has proven to be effective, earning the site a position on Time magazine’s “50 Best Websites of 2011″ list. More than your average blog, B/R seeks to connect intelligent sports fans with their favorite teams and topics through their Team Stream feature. They even have a successful free app which makes it easy to follow specific sports news and writers.
2. SB Nation
SB Nation was founded in 2003 by Tyler Bleszinski, a sports fan and media professional who was fed up with traditional media coverage of his favorite teams. Like Bleacher Report, SB Nation was built on the manifesto to represent true fans and to voice their opinions. The site offers a fan-driven perspective through its community of sports bloggers covering over 300 distinct athletic teams as well as non-team sports like NASCAR, MMA, and golf. The beauty of the blogs is that they are each cataloged by their unique spirit, giving a sense of community amongst rigid fans rooting for their favorite teams.
Deadspin is a sports-centric blog owned by Gawker Media. Since its launch in 2005, Deadspin has seen great success in soaring traffic numbers and recognition from other established sports news blogs, including Sports Illustrated. Readers may come for the important daily sporting events news, but they return for the sarcastic and critical commentary that is a signature writing style in the Gawker Media family. The site is a great source for comedic relief, scandals, and updated rumor reports, in addition to the major sports news stories of the day. By combining sports-related topics with humor and gossip, Deadspin provides great entertainment value for readers to enjoy.
4. The Big Lead
The Big Lead is an independent sports blog that launched in 2006 and was acquired by Fantasy Sports Ventures, Inc. in 2010. Founder and Editor-in-Chief Jason McIntyre prides the site on its uncorrupted angles and humble writing staff of five people who are invested in sports news and gossip. Like Deadspin, TBL runs on tips, or leads, submitted by sports fans and taken from other headlines. Each of their original blogs promote discussion and welcome a community of avid sports fans who are more than willing to partake in the conversation. Typically, there are approximately 20 blogs posts a day, so there are plenty opportunities for an audience to be heard.
5. Total Pro Sports
Total Pro Sports presents “the lighter side of sports” by bringing its readers an assortment of entertaining sports-related news. While the primary focus of TPS is professional athletic competitions, being a rabid sports fanatic or even your average sports fan isn’t a necessity to enjoy the content offered by the humorous site. The craziest stories, most shocking pictures, and the greatest athletic feats and blunders caught on video are staples of TPS’ contributions to the sporting news world. If there’s an especially impressive or cringe-worthy game moment, TPS is sure to highlight it with its brand of humor.