10 Best iPhone Apps For Sports Fans

As football season kicks off and baseball season wraps up, now’s a good time to check out some of the great new sports apps for the iPhone and other mobile devices.

From real-time scoreboards to live video — and, of course, mobile games — there are plenty of options.

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One company making a big splash this season on the iPhone is ESPN, the top sports cable network and Web site. The company has recently released several apps for the iPhone, including ESPN ScoreCenter, which keeps track of scores for your favourite teams, an ESPN Fantasy Football app, and an ESPN Radio app, which lets you stream live nationwide and local sports radio programming.

They’ve been a hit: ScoreCenter has been downloaded more than 2.7 million times since debuting in June, and ESPN’s iPhone apps have been downloaded more than 4.5 million times in the last year. (ESPN also maintains an excellent mobile Web site for people using other phones.)

NFL and college football fans hoping to watch live games on the iPhone have some new options this year.

DirecTV is offering an app for its SuperFan service. While the app is free, the service is very expensive: You must be a DirecTV subscriber, pay $300 for NFL Sunday Ticket, and another $100 for the SuperFan service. But if you’re doing that already, the iPhone app is a no-brainer add-on. (This app is also available for the Palm Pre and select BlackBerry and Windows Mobile devices.)

Meanwhile, Sprint customers — no iPhone, but Palm Pre and BlackBerry — can access a Sprint NFL app, which includes live video streaming of the NFL Network, plus live radio streams of NFL games. Sprint tells us that more than 1.5 million subscribers have downloaded it.

And CBS is streaming some live college games — one football and basketball game per week — to the iPhone via its new CBS Sports: College app, which costs $9.99.

The best live sports app of them all is still Major League Baseball’s At Bat for the iPhone, which keeps getting better as the baseball playoffs approach. This year, the league added live game radio and video feeds to the app, and recently allowed users to purchase live streams for individual games for $0.99 each. The paid At Bat app and the free “Lite” edition are on 1.1 million phones, MLB tells us.

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ESPN Scorecenter

ESPN's free ScoreCenter app is free, accessible, and popular: Some 2.7 million people have downloaded it since it launched in June.

It lets you follow whichever sports you'd like, and puts your favourite teams on top. But serious fans might want something more sophisticated.

iTunes Link

Sportacular Free and Pro

More sophisticated than ESPN's Scorecenter app, Sportacular includes more options and information, including customised, real-time 'push' notifications.

The company behind Sportacular, Citzen Sports, is co-founded by Jeff Ma, one of the members of the famous MIT Blackjack team.

iTunes links: Free - Pro ($1.99)

Yahoo! Fantasy Football

Monitor and control your Yahoo! Fantasy Football team from the iPhone or iPod touch.

ESPN also offers an app for its Fantasy Football league.

iTunes Link

Madden 2010

The best football game for the iPhone, Madden 2010 offers a miniaturized version of the game you've known on game consoles for years.

We've already wasted hours of time playing this game, and especially like how it takes advantage of the iPhone's touch screen. Our only complaint: It's too easy.

iTunes Link ($9.99)

DirecTV SuperFan

DirecTV offers live football video for the iPhone via this new app. Note: The app is free, but the service is very expensive: You must be a DirecTV subscriber, pay $300 for NFL Sunday Ticket, and another $100 for the SuperFan service. But if you're doing that already, the iPhone app is a no-brainer add-on.

This app is also available for the Palm Pre and select BlackBerry and Windows Mobile devices.

iTunes Link

CBS Sports: College

CBS is streaming some live college games -- one football and basketball game per week -- to the iPhone via its new CBS Sports: College app.

Video streams over 3G and wi-fi.

iTunes Link

MLB At Bat

The best live sports app of them all is still Major League Baseball's At Bat for the iPhone, which keeps getting better as the baseball playoffs approach.

This year, the league added live game radio and video feeds to the app, and recently allowed users to purchase live streams for individual games for $0.99 each. The league also offers a BlackBerry app.

iTunes Links: Full, $9.99 - Lite, Free

ESPN Radio

ESPN's new radio app offers live streams from more than 15 ESPN Radio stations across the country, including live college football broadcasts.

iTunes Link ($2.99)

ESPN Zoom Deluxe

The same 'photo hunt' game you're used to playing at a sports bar, but on your iPhone. From ESPN and EpicTilt.

iTunes Link ($2.99)

NFL App for Sprint

Sprint customers -- no iPhone, but Palm Pre and BlackBerry -- can access an exclusive Sprint NFL app, which includes live video streaming of the NFL Network, plus live radio streams of NFL games.

Sprint tells us that more than 1.5 million subscribers have downloaded it.

Sprint Link

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