In a generation dominated by technology and the smartphone revolution, sports has become increasingly electronic.
High-end cameras and video replay have replaced referees huddling up to make a call on a "bang-bang" play. NFL teams have (mostly) moved on from binders filled with still photos of opposing formations to iPad's with high-def video and various drawing tools to diagram over the same still as many times as coordinators want.
In turn, the average sports fan has become more mobile than ever. No longer do we need to run home from the convenience store to know what happened in the first five minutes of the game - and if you we're well prepared, you wouldn't have to rush because you would have taped the game from your TV carrier's phone application. Overall, the mobile sports fan experience has become not only a huge convenience, but a way of life. You used to have to be lucky to hear that a star player on your fantasy football team had been injured, and then you'd have to pray your AOL dial-up Internet connection would work quick enough to get you online before a sleazy opponent scooped the handcuff off the waiver-wire.
Now, you can set your apps to get specific notifications regarding your players, so if Jamaal Charles goes down, you'll be the first to know about it, and you'll then be able to pick up Knile Davis with a few swipes of your phone from anywhere on Earth. Of course, all of this is dependent on quality app development by the tech-geniuses who create these apps. You don't want to have the aforementioned situation happen to you only to have the app crash on you.
This list breaks down the top-10 best sports apps that every sports fan needs to have in their phone.
10 10. UFC
With the rise in popularity of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, it was only a matter of time before they had to release an app for the die-hard fans. However, the app caters to the average fan who is looking for a way to ease into the sport without getting overloaded by information. Beside the standard notifications, updates, and accessibility to live fights, you also have access to biographies, past video, and analysis that caters to the casual UFC follower the same it does to a UFC expert.
9 9. NBA Game Time
8 8. Sports Illustrated Swimsuit
7 7. NFL Now
6 6. TSN Hockey
5 5. MLB.com At Bat
4 4. Yahoo! Fantasy
3 3. theScore
2 2. Any ESPN App
1 1. Bleacher Report Team Stream
While ESPN might have all the smaller, more specific apps, the king of all sports apps is without a doubt the Team Stream app by Bleacher Report. It's odd to think that anyone would ever come close to touching the ESPN Empire, but with the help of Turner Broadcasting System (TBS), Bleacher Report has skyrocketed to the top of the sports media world. If you're looking for an all-encompassing app, this is the only sports app you'll ever need. Bleacher Report has put a revolutionary twist on sports coverage take has made it by far the best sports app on the market today.
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