With all the sports and all the leagues out there, how are you supposed to keep track of your favourite players and teams on the go? Well to help you out, here are some of the best apps out there that bring you the scores and stats of your favourite sports, teams and leagues.
To find out which one is best suited for your sports stats needs, read on…
ScoreCenter covers pretty much every sport and has a clean and very “ESPN” look to it which works very well. The menu button lets you access any sport at anytime, allowing easy movement from one discipline to another. There are a lot of stats to choose from, so it can be overwhelming, but it is relatively easy to navigate.
The app includes customization for a personal experience where you can select your favourite teams and sports and obtain a personalized news feed based on your choice. If you have a myESPN account, you can also sign in and sync your favourites.
From each sport page, you can view scores and clicking on each score expands that game for more detailed stats. Each sport includes live scores, news stories, videos and league standings. The ESPN app allows for alerts to be sent to your phone regarding breaking stories of your favourite teams and sports.
Sports covered: Football, Baseball, Basketball, Hockey, Golf, Tennis, Auto Racing, MMA, Boxing, Soccer, Cricket, NCAA.
This app from the Canadian sports network features a clean design and is pretty easy to navigate. By clicking the sport name at the top of the screen, you can access the list of sports that the app offers to cover as well as general headlines covered by the TSN network.
Once a sport is selected, scores for the current day are shown and by swiping from side to side, you can view the previous day’s results, the schedule for the next day or a calendar view of the previous or next month. The calendar view allows you to see the schedule for upcoming days well in advance by selecting the day rather than continuously scrolling. Within the Sport page you can also view stats, standings and news.
This app, however, does not feature any customization or personalized news feed, so you are forced to select and re-select different sports to get the stories you want rather than having a main feed of your favourite teams and sports. TSN is a Canadian sports network so the app does have a Canadian flavour to it, offering more options for Canadian sports and teams. The app also features a television’s schedule for the TSN sports network channel.
Sports covered: Hockey, Basketball, Baseball, Football, Curling, Tennis, Golf, Soccer, Auto Racing, Hockey Canada, NCAA, MMA, Boxing, Lacrosse.
theScore is a crisp but crowded app where the screen is filled with information without any real spacing. The app does, however, give you the information you want.
From the menu bar at the top of the screen you can select what sport to view. Rather than having the menu sort the sports covered by the sport name itself, theScore organizes each sport by its league so it appears as NHL Hockey or NBA Basketball.
The calendar allows you to pick specific days to view game schedules and you can select whether you want to view scores, news, standings and league leaders of the selected sport. theScore also allows for customization of a MyScore news feed and sends notifications to your phone of your favourite teams and games.
Where other apps, like the TSN app, include pictures in their news articles, theScore news stories are strictly text, which, while coming across as a bit bland, keep the app running smoothly and quickly.
Sports covered: Football, Baseball, Basketball, Hockey, NCAA, Golf, Auto Racing, MMA, Soccer, Tennis.
The Fox Sports app offers a much more interactive experience. Along with an active menu, there are pictures to accompany stories as well as a self-scrolling feature story window on the home screen.
The app’s home screen covers the top stories of the sports world. From here, you can select to view scores and media of games currently in action. The scores page shows a few results from several sports and a “more” option lets you see further scores.
The Fox Sports app has the most customization or personalization than any of the other apps in this article. It has a MySports feature where you can choose your favourite teams and sports and a personalized news feed featuring only those stories and scores, but the app also features a Fox Sports Local option where you can select a major US city and view the specific headlines pertaining to it. This feature is, however, limited to cities in the Unites States only. The app also allows you to connect your Facebook account and share stories directly from the app to your Facebook profile.
Sports covered: Football, Baseball, MMA, Auto Racing, Basketball, Hockey, Soccer, Golf, Boxing, Tennis, 2012 Olympics.
This app from CBS Interactive presents a very personalized experience. When you first open it, you are prompted to select your favourite teams from a large number of leagues including several European soccer leagues, NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, and even NASCAR. Of course, you can add/remove teams later on.
By going to the My Teams section, you’ll see the scores and schedules of your favorites. The app also provides you with scores, news, tweets and videos for any game. It’s a great app for the soccer fan as well, since it features the top leagues from Europe, Spain and South America, which not too many other apps do.
CBS Sports looks very clean and polished. It is easy to organize and provides in-depth detailed stats on teams and individual players. It also lets you add games to a “watchlist” and from this list, in order to remind you to watch them live when they start.
Sports covered: Football, Baseball, Hockey, Basketball, NCAA, Golf, NASCAR, Formula1, Soccer.
Yahoo! Sportacular is a great sports app, but is letdown by a rather unclean design, and a difficulty to navigate the amount of content it offers. Like several other apps, Sportacular allows you to select favourite teams to follow from a large selection of sports and leagues.
Sportacular also features a neat option of following “Trending Games” so you can see what everyone else is tuning in to. The stats and scores are well presented, however one thing I found tedious, is that in order to see schedules and news, you have to select individual sports. There is no general feed like in the other apps.
Sportacular also offers the option, like the FOX Sports app, to sign in to your Facebook account and post from the app. It has the option to alert your for news and scores. Overall, Sportacular is a good app with a lot of scores and stats, but its dark presentation and hard-to-navigate menus keep it from being as good as it could be.
Sports covered: Football, Baseball, Hockey, Soccer, Golf, Basketball, NCAA, Tennis, NASCAR, Soccer.
Sofa Scores provides an enormous amount of scores and stats and presents them in an international format.
The app features ten sports, and arranges the leagues based on countries. For example, to follow soccer scores, you can select England, and then select Barclays Premier League or FA Cup, or any of several levels of competition. The same works for the other sports such as hockey, however the leagues are much more limited in other sports. Soccer is the sport with the most options and Sofa Score is great for following international matches.
The app lets you select which leagues to follow and can be set to notify you at the beginning, end, and significant events of a match. The menu system is uncluttered and easy to navigate with enough space in between scores. It is a very good app with a broad international coverage, unlike most other apps in this roundup that focus on North America.
Sports covered: Soccer, Hockey, Basketball, Tennis, Handball, Baseball, Rugby, Football, Volleyball, Formula1.
365 Scores offer an enormous amount of selection. On the startup of the app, you have the choice to connect your Facebook account, and when done, it uses your Facebook information to select your favourite teams, countries and leagues to follow – you can still add more manually. Otherwise, you simply must go through the gigantic list of 93 countries and select teams and leagues to follow.
You can then set up what notifications to receive from each team you selected. The sounds generated by the app are sports-specific, meaning that a baseball hitting a bat notifies you that a run has scores in a baseball game you’re following. Once you have finished the initial setup, you are given the main menu screen that features all your followed teams and leagues and is divided into scores, news, videos and tweets.
365 Scores does a wonderful job integrating Twitter and Facebook and really catering to each user’s specific tastes. The app is well designed and easy to navigate through sliding, swiping and pressing. The overall look is clean, and despite the sheer load of information, it doesn’t seem too cluttered. 365 scores doesn’t cover an overwhelming amount of sport disciplines, but it provides excellent coverage for those it does. Overall, it’s a fantastic app with an enormous amount of selection.
Sports covered: Football, Soccer, Baseball, Basketball, Hockey, Tennis.
This app from DStv has a limited range of sports to follow and provides scores and news for each one, with sufficient stats for each game so that you can follow along. It makes up for the lack of sports disciplines by covering a lot of leagues and tournaments from each one.
SuperSport’s home screen is a general news stream of the top stories from each sport, along with a “Live Now” section that shows a list of games that are being played live. It looks clean and is extremely easy to navigate, mainly because it does not have too many options to choose from.
One unique feature of Supersport is a TV Guide that lets you see which games are offered on which channels. From the TV Guide menu, you can select the country you are in from a list of 51, mainly in Europe and Africa. You then pick a channel or search the guide itself for what you want to see. All in all, SuperSport is limited on the sports it follows, which lowers its appeal to a broad audience, but the sports it covers, it covers well.
Sports covered: Soccer, Cricket, Rugby, Golf, Tennis, Motorsport.
Sportsnet is another Canadian sports network, and they offer a clean and simple app. The home screen shows scores from a variety of sports, but the menu bar at the top is crowded and takes a bit of finger precision to select the league and sport you want to view.
The News stories do feature small pictures to accompany the stories, but they need a lot of polish as these images look more like an afterthought than a part of the original app idea. Also, Sportsnet does not feature any customization such as a separate feed for favourite teams like in some of the other apps.
The overall feedback from the app is not a positive one as it looks unfinished. It is the weakest of the ten in this article, but with some work could be as good as the others. It also does not cover as many sports as the alternatives.
Sports covered: Hockey, Football, Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Golf, Tennis, MMA, Auto Racing.
An honourable mention goes to the specific league apps such as NHL Gamecentre, MLB At Bat, MLS Matchday. These focus specifically on one league but feature detailed stats, schedules and the ability to select a favourite team to follow. They are worth checking out if you’re only interested in one league and would like the best coverage.
After having used each app on this list, I keep going back and forth between ESPN’s ScoreCenter and 365 Scores, but right now, ScoreCenter seems to be the best overall app for the variety of sports it offers and the customization it allows. 365 Scores comes in at a close second, and would have been my first choice had it had more North American sports to choose from. I also like the Facebook integration that the Fox Sports and 365 Scores offer and would like to see more social network integration from the other apps.
ScoreCenter and 365 Scores are definitely my favorites, however depending on your personal choices, some of the other apps may offer more details for your favourite sport or league. No matter what your favourite sport, there’s bound to be an app in this list that covers it. We live in a wonderful time for sports fans, because thanks to our phones, no matter where we are, we will know if our favourite player has scored, been injured or traded.