Goodbye ESPN: The 5 Best New Apps for NFL Football (and Sports) Fans

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Well, the new NFL season has officially blasted onto the scene. But are you prepared to take full advantage of that screen in your pocket? You may call yourself the ultimate sports fan, but it’s hard to say you’re all-in unless your phone’s rocking some of the best new NFL/sports apps. No, I’m not talking about the official NFL apps — or ESPN, CBS Sports, etc… — I’m talking about NEW apps for diehard football fans. As in really useful apps that take you deeper into the sport you love, give you more info in better, easier-to-use formats, help you connect with other fans, get you to the game itself, give you the edge when it comes to showing off and keep you up-to-date (in realtime) so you always know exactly what’s going on. So whether you’re looking for a stats fix, the best second screen football apps, the best digital hangouts for before and after games or simply as much news as you can get about your favorite NFL teams and players, you’re in the right place. Note: the apps below are in no particular order and… go Broncos!

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Gametime

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NFL tickets are expensive; no two ways about it. But you know what they say, when you gotta go you gotta go (wait…). So when you gotta go support your favorite team in person a new app called Gametime might be the best way to get cheap (even last-minute) tickets. Here’s why: you can easily search for seats, you get a great preview of what the view will look like from your seats (and can also sort seats by a stadium map view), you’ll get an e-ticket which will work on your phone (so no printing, most of the time) and your tickets are guaranteed to be delivered by game time. I’ve been able to find some seriously cheap tickets for some of my favorite teams (and not just for NFL games; there’s MLB, NBA, NHL and many more leagues to choose from).

Fancred

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Everyone likes to talk about their favorite teams… but what if you could show the world your dedication? And what if you could connect to a community of fans to talk sports before, during and after games? That’s Fancred; an app that lets you capture EVERYTHING you see and do as a sports fan. Not just attending games. Track and share the articles you read, your thoughts and even the people you’re experience your favorite sports with. In short, Fancred is your sports identity.

theScore

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theScore lets you track your favorite teams like never before. Not only can you follow teams, but your favorite players as well. It’s highly personalized and fully-comprehensive. Whether you’re looking for fantasy news or just want realtime notifications when something important happens (game starts, team scores, turnover, etc.), theScore might be the best way to connect with your favorite teams, players and moments. I have to say the app has a really great design as well.

Fifty

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Fifty is a totally different way to experience more from each NFL game. It’s an app that’s powered by Advanced Football Analytics and gives you full-screen win probability graphs (in realtime as the game is played), while letting you follow what each team’s writers and reporters are tweeting about the game. It’s also a great way to track downs with the down, distance and field position marker.

120 Sports

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I’m not sure what better way to explain 120 Sports other than saying it’s like a mobile-first ESPN. It’s got original live video content which includes discussion and analysis of teams, players and games, and lets you easily discover the most talked about subjects in sports at any given time thanks to the handy Trending feature. And, like many sports apps, you can follow just the teams you’re most interested in or grab the entire firehose of sports info — whatever works best for you.

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