In 2020, Forbes, citing a report from RiskIQ, stated that there were 8.9 million mobile apps. This number has obviously gone up in recent years, and it wouldn’t be outlandish to suggest there are more than 10 million apps. Obviously, some are more useful and practical than others. There are apps for the weather, taking notes, communicating with friends, task management, and banking, among others. Then there are useless, time-wasting apps like Hold On! This app is simply a button that you press for as long as possible. You can compete against yourself or others. Riveting.
There are also thousands, if not hundreds, of thousands of apps for the average sports fan. Mobile device owners can download apps to keep up with scores from leagues around the world, play fantasy sports, or make NFL picks against the spread. With that in mind, here are four must-download apps for sports fanatics.
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If you Google the top sports app, chances are you’ll see theScore in almost every search result. Created in Canada as an offshoot to a defunct TV station with the same name, the app is the most comprehensive score tracker and is available on both iOS and Android. It also runs quite smoothly and very rarely, if ever, has any operational issues.
You can customize the app by selecting your favorite teams and only seeing their scores under the “favorites” tab. There’s also a scores tab that shows every single game across all professional – and some amateur – leagues for that day as well as future days. There’s a news tab with updates on the latest happenings in the world of sports and a discover tab with athlete tweets and other interesting news and content.
When you open the leagues tab, you can sort by all the major professional sports leagues. There’s even MMA, tennis, NCAA men’s and women’s sports, Formula 1, and the Canadian Football League.
Yahoo! Fantasy is one of the best apps for fantasy sports and features a variety of league options for NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB, etc. There’s also paid and free daily fantasy games for cash prizes. You can pay as little as $1 to enter weekly or season-long fantasy, pick-em, or other leagues. Yahoo also has one of the best and most active mock draft communities, meaning you can sign up at any time and sharpen your drafting skills.
The user interface is also a strong point. For fantasy football, which is the most popular sport on the app, users can see their starting lineup and easily make changes with two clicks. Player projected scores are also shown with insight as to how they’re expected to perform. There’s also a start active players button, which is especially useful for setting lineups for MLB, NBA, and NHL leagues.
Bleacher Report is similar to theScore in that it shows the start time and live updated scores of games across most professional sports league. While its selection of leagues isn’t as widespread as theScore, it has a lot of other engaging content like power rankings, injury reports, breaking news, and creative articles directly from the Bleacher Report website. There are writers for every sports team in the four major North American sports, so you’ll receive the latest news directly to your phone.
There are several different sportsbook apps you can download, but few are as easy to use and have as great promotions as the DraftKings Sportsbook app. Once just a daily fantasy sports app, DraftKings branched into the sportsbook business with the legalization of sports betting in 2018 and is now a leader in the sector.
Available for both iOS and Android, DraftKings Sportsbook was rated the Best Overall Betting Experience by Gaming Today. It typically offers some of the most favorable lines and has a variety of features to help you make your betting selections. It offers a $50 free bet on an initial $5 deposit and will match first-time deposits of up to $1,000. DraftKings also has sporadic daily promotions.