When I’m not spending my days reviewing the latest in tech gadgetry, you’ll probably find me at a Portland Trail Blazers game, in a sports pub watching college football, or planning a trip to the next big sports event. I’m a sports junkie, to say the least. But since I can’t make it to every game, I need to find ways to stay connected from anywhere in the world. Thanks to these wonderful new smartphones that we all own, it has become increasingly easier to do just that. Here are the apps that I use most often, to stay up-to-date on the latest happenings in sports.
1. Straight Scoring:
If all you need is an app that gives you up-to-the-minute sports scores, then there are three that I would recommend. I personally use ESPN ScoreCenter, as I love the simple UI, customizability, and alerts. And whether or not you are a fan of ESPN, it’s tough to deny that their coverage is the best in the business, with this app acting as an extension of that coverage. Others are also very fond of Score Mobile and Yahoo’s Sportacular. All of the apps I mentioned allow you to setup your favorite teams, track them with ease, and see breaking news and scores as it comes across the wire.
2. Social Sports:
SportCaster has been one of my favorite sports apps since it was originally introduced. Now branded by CBS, SportCaster brings you the ultimate Twitter-powered sports experience. While scores and headlines are part of keeping up with your favorite teams, finding breaking news on Twitter from your local beat writer, the star player, or a national journalist is equally as important in 2012. A lot of the time, you’ll find nuggets of information on Twitter that a writer may not be willing to put in an article. This is also a great way to keep up with last minute injury statuses on your fantasy players.
Google Play Link: CBS SportCaster
3. Sports Blogs:
If you read blogs, and clearly you do since you are reading this one, then you need to install the SB Nation app. SB Nation is arguably the biggest and best network of sports blogs on the planet. They have blogs for almost every single major sports team around, but beyond that, they tend to have some of the best sports coverage you’ll find anywhere. Most of the writers for their team blogs are credentialed, so they attend games as press and cover the teams as if they were working for your local newspaper. They also have fan sections, so that fans and the community around sports teams have an opportunity to be heard and extend the coverage even further.
Google Play Link: SB Nation