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The 50 Best Sports Apps for Your IPhone or Android

Zack PumerantzAnalyst IIIJune 3, 2011

The 50 Best Sports Apps for Your IPhone or Android

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    For sports fanatics, it is imperative to have teams and players available at the click of a button or the scroll of a ball.

    While a television and a computer aren't always at our disposal, a phone always is.

    Most users are beginning to prefer the iPhone or Android, with both significantly increasing in popularity.

    For this reason, let's review the best Sports apps for both phones.

    Most are for the iPhone but others can be used for both or only the Droid.

    There's something for everyone.

    Enjoy.

Honorable Mention: Yahoo! Fantasy Football by Yahoo!

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    Used to worrying about your team whenever you're away from your computer and can't keep refreshing the page?

    Not anymore.

    This app will let you adjust and check-in on your team anytime.

    Price: Free

Honorable Mention: ESPN Fantasy Baseball by ESPN

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    Get all the information you need to draft well and then feel free to update your team as often as you please.

    This app will keep you busy.

    Price: Free

50. Golfshot: Golf GPS by Shotzoom Software

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    If you love golf, this is the app for you.

    With up to 40 professionally-mapped targets per hole and more than 35,000 courses ready to play, the sky is the limit.

    The ultimate golfing experience.

    Price: $29.99

49. Paintball Gun Builder by Zach Winkler

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    While customizing your own paintball gun is fun in its own right, you also get to try it out.

    After designing the gun, you get to practice your BPS and accuracy at the new first person shooting range.

    With new shooting animations, this app is only the start of creative paintballing.

    Price: $0.99

48. Golfplan with Paul Azinger by Shotzoom Software

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    For all you golf enthusiasts out there who are looking for a way to kill time during a slow day at work, this is the app for you.

    29-Year PGA Tour Pro and Ryder Cup Captain, Paul Azinger, will help you improve your game and lower your scores.

    With 28 new indoor drill videos, your game should see immediate improvement.

    Price: $0.99

47. Copter Game by Saulo Souto

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    This is a game of balance.

    Similar to Jetman on facebook, the Copter Game requires the user to click to rise and to let go to drop.

    Finding the perfect medium can become quite addictive.

    Beware.

    Price: $0.99

46. NBA Mini-Bobble LeBron James by National Basketball Association

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    This is the perfect app for fans who love and fans who hate LeBron James.

    If you love him, it's enjoyable to watch his head bobble.

    For those haters, it's entertaining to vigorously shake his head to the point of nausea.

    Price: $0.99

Honorable Mention: NCAA March Madness on Demand

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    While the previous versions continued to raise in price, the newest one is bereft of a fee.

    Stream live games without paying a dime.

    It doesn't get better for March Madness fans.

    Price: Free

45. Ultimate Fighting Championship by MobiTV

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    Here is your app for everything UFC.

    The main improvements include:

    - Enabling access to all of the live weigh-in events for free
    - Improved the graphics on the “Live Fight” page
    - Fixed an image resizing issue on News articles
    - Fixing a few minor bugs reported by users

    UFC enthusiasts will enjoy this one.

    Price: $0.99

44. NBA Pix and Tones: Home and Lock Screen Wallpapers by Cellfish Media LLC

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    Want to make your friends jealous with your unique loyalty?

    This app allows basketball fans to display their pride with graphics representing all 30 teams of the NBA.

    Only true basketball fans could understand this one.

    Price: $0.99

43. SkyDroid: Golf GPS by Goldstein Technologies LLC

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    The only thing this toy doesn't do is make you dinner.

    While it gives you your distance to every green on the course and more, it is easy to use and aesthetically pleasing.

    You can also cycle through to see how far it is to reach bunkers and water hazards.

    Price: $1.99

42. SwingReader Golf: Swing Analysis and Coaching by 11 Under LLC

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    Whether you're a teacher, a student or an avid golfer looking to improve your score, this app will change your game for the better.

    Perfect for analyzing one's swing at any given time or teaching a 30-60 minute lesson, this app has revolutionized the golf game.

    Price: $1.99

41. SEC Mobile by XOS Digital

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    This is the app for diehard SEC fans. 

    Follow your favorite conference with up-to-date news and scores with a sleek display and attractive home screen.

    Entertaining just to look at.

    Price: $0.99

Honorable Mention: 9 Innings Baseball by Com2Us

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    This is the baseball game you've all been waiting for.

    Nine innings has never been more entertaining or professional.

    Updated stats, profiles and players.

    Price: $2.99

40. V1 Golf by Interactive Frontiers, Inc.

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    This golf swing analysis separates itself from others with its unique comparisons.

    With free access to over 50 swings from PGA, LPGA and Champions Tour Players, golfers can watch and compare their swing to the game's best.

    With the ability to store your numerous swings, perfection is closer than ever.

    Price: $4.99

39. Hockey Goal Horns, Goal Light & Organ Songs by Sperensis

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    Not getting enough support elsewhere?

    This app allows hockey fans to root on their team with goal horns and songs of their favorite pro hockey teams.

    With the ability to create your own sounds as well, this app can present endless fun and enthusiastic support.

    Price: $0.99

38. CBC Hockey by CBC

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    From the center of the hockey world in Canada.

    This app presents fans with instant access to live scores, stats and results from all games any time.

    The best free app that hockey can offer.

    Price: Free

Honorable Mention: Skee-Ball by Free-Verse, Inc.

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    Win enough tickets in this addictive game and you can go shopping for insignificant toys.

    Nothing is more exhilarating.

    Price: $0.99

37. ESPN IScore Baseball Scorekeeper by ESPN

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    This app can make any game, regardless of the competition, fairly scored.

    You can score youth baseball or softball, high school games and college games just like the pros.

    Nothing like dressing for the job you want.

    Price: $9.99

36. Knot Wars by Hunt Geek, Inc.

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    This app combines all three seasons of the competition, Knot Wars, to determine which knot you can count on best.

    While the app has step-by-step animations to tie many sturdy knots, the unique data on critical break strength accumulated through hours of repeated testing is what separates it from the rest.

    It seems there's nothing that can't be developed these days.

    Price: $1.99

Honorable Mention: World Series of Poker Hold’em Legend by Glu Games Inc.

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    Build your bank roll, earn achievements, unlock higher-stakes events and win bracelets on your way to becoming a poker legend.

    Everyone wants to make a name for himself so you'll face intense competition.

    Just keep a straight face.

    Price: Free

35. Concacaf Gold Cup 2011 by Dung Nguyen Xuan

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    A new guide to the Concacaf Gold Cup 2011.

    A full listing of teams, all sorted out, give fans a comprehensive understanding of the Gold Cup with live scores.

    Follow it wherever you are, at anytime.

    Price: $1.99

34. Baseball Speed by George Wolanin

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    Every baseball fan loves to see the radar gun reach triple digits.

    While you may not see this one elevate as high when calculating a little league or softball game, this is the ideal device for pitching coaches and avid fans.

    With a pitch counter as well, this app will have fans' pupils dilated.

    Price: $0.99

33. Pitching Hand: How to Throw a Pitch by Kevin Andrews Industries

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    With descriptions and pictures, this app will teach you how to throw 20 of the most common pitches, as well as the gyroball and the knuckle. 

    For righties and lefties, it will keep you entertained for hours and give you more than a few strikeout pitches to use during games.

    Tim Lincecum wishes he grew up with an iPhone.

    Price: $2.99

32. CornHole! by the FORM Group

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    This seemingly mundane backyard game can lead to hours of endless fun.

    The simplest games almost always garner the most attention and can keep you entertained.

    All this game is missing is some steaks on the grill.

    Price: $0.99

31. Race Fan Ultimate: NASCAR by 220 Software

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    Collecting the most race content in one package, including Cup, Nationwide and the Trucks Series, this is the ultimate app for race enthusiasts.

    From stats and schedules to videos of wrecks, it's the center for racing updates.

    Price: $2.99

30. Skullcandy by Skullcandy Inc.

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    This is the app for all you thrashers and shredders out there.

    With conditions and forecasts for snow sports and skating parks all around the country, with music to accompany you on your quest, this app has it all.

    Just check in and go shred.

    Price: Free

Honorable Mention: Sports Radio by Intersect World LLC

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    Selected as one of the top 500 apps in the world by the Sunday Times of London, Sports Radio will have you on the edge of your seat.

    Whether you want a college football game, a cricket match or an obnoxiously opinionated talk show, this is the app for you.

    Price: $0.99

29. iSolunar Hunting & Fishing Times by RedSnake Enterprises, LLC

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    Don't want to wait for fish to nibble?

    This app determines the best hunting and fishing times for any date and any location, worldwide.

    Fishing is no longer a mystery but a certainty.

    Price: $4.99

28. WatchESPN by ESPN

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    This is the perfect app for those fans who require the visuals.

    With live streaming from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPNU, fans won't feel bereft of the essentials.

    Price: Free

27. Fantasy Scout 2011: Front Office Baseball by Bloomberg Finance LP

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    For all those fantasy addicts out there, this app will give you goosebumps.

    This simple player ranking tool for finding the best free agents and trade targets for your fantasy baseball team syncs directly with CBSSports.com, ESPN and Yahoo! to give customized analysis to fans.

    Recently released, this app will revolutionize fantasy sports.

    Price: $2.99

26. NBA Game Time 2010-2011 for Android, IPhone

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    This is the NBA's main mobile application as it gives scores, statistics and the routine daily schedule.

    It is perfect for simpletons who love to get straight to the point.

    Just the facts.

    Price: Free

25. MLB.com at Bat 11 by MLB.com

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    While it's easy to follow your team with updated scores on the ticker, this app enhances the fan experience.

    Watch gameday, catch live videos with an MLB subscription and listen to enhanced audio while your team fights for a victory.

    The mobile experience gets better every day.

    Price: $14.99

Honorable Mention: Flick Kick Field Goal Kickoff by PikPok

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    If you're a football fan who wants to feel the pressure of a place-kicker during the final seconds of crunch time, this is the game for you.

    Enjoy the roaring of the crowd and the feeling of victory with this riveting game.

    Price: Free

24. Sports Illustrated Big Ticket 2011 by Time Inc.

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    See sports through the eyes of SI's award-winning photographers live and up-to-date. 

    These breathtaking images will have you on the edge of your seat, whether you're in another country or on the train home.

    Most viewers feel like they can touch the athletes given the reality and vivid clarity of these photos.

    Price: $0.99

23. NBA Clocks by Cellfish Media LLC

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    Here's an exciting way for NBA fans to get out of bed in the morning.

    With unique alarm tones and displays, fans can embrace a morning wake-up rather than cringe at the thought of moving from their comfortable slumber.

    Price: $0.99

22. NHL GameCenter 2010 for Android, IPhone

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    The official app of the NHL.

    Get real-time scores, stats, standings and news and customize the app based on your favorite teams.

    It's a cozy and simple check on the status of your hockey team.

    Price: Free

21. ScoreMobile for Android, IPhone

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    This is the best option for sports fans who love it all.

    With score updates for NFL, NCAA football, Major League Baseball, professional golf and NASCAR, fans can stay up-to-date with their favorite teams.

    The best for sports fans.

    Price: Free

Honorable Mention: NFL Sunday Ticket by DIRECTV, Inc.

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    Catch an NFL game wherever you are anytime.

    Whether you need to sneak a peak in between servings at dinner during playoff time or just want to watch first overall pick Cam Newton take his first snaps as a pro, this app gives you options.

    Price: Free

20. Sports Radio Droid

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    If you're the type of person who cringes at the thought of missing even a second of your favorite radio show, this is the app for you.

    It's a great app for the road or when you're on vacation.

    It can capture any radio show across the country.

    Classy.

    Price: Free

19. TouchSports Tennis by Handheld Games Corp.

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    If you like tennis, this is naturally the app for you.

    With exciting virtual game-play, this will get your adrenaline pumping.

    Just watch your footwork.

    Price: $1.99

18. Deer Hunting by Michael QUINT

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    There's nothing more exhilarating than shooting an electronic deer for fun.

    If you want to practice before your hunt or just want to waste some time while traveling, this is the app for you.

    They may not have guns but those deer aren't helpless.

    Price: Free

17. Swell Info by Swell Info

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    For all those long-haired bros out there, this is the ideal tool for the best surfing opportunities.

    The complete surf report and surf forecast tool, this app will give you the best times to get out on the waves.

    Price: $2.99

16. MMA Underground by Adept Mobile, LLC

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    Want to know if your favorite fighter called his opponent a jerk? Then this is the app for you.

    With the latest breaking news and rumors in the world of Mixed Martial Arts, this app gives MMA fans all they need.

    The latest information on more than 250,000 fighters, this app will keep you knowledgeable about everything MMA.

    Price: $1.99

Honorable Mention: HOMERUN BATTLE 3D by Com2uS Corp.

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    Selected as a best-known and bestselling iPhone app, home run battle offers online versus modes, as well as exciting single player modes.

    Hitting four-baggers has never been more rewarding.

    Price: $4.99

15. Basketball Hoops by RG

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    Tilt the phone in different directions to get the ball in the basket.

    It may seem like a menial activity but it can pass a lot of time.

    For one or two players, this game will have you entertained for quite a while.

    Price: Free

14. Baseball Shots Wallpaper by Jubu

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    With the largest collection of high-quality baseball wallpapers, fans can enjoy stadiums, teams and their favorite players right on their main screen.

    America's past-time just reached a new level.

    It doesn't get more euphoric.

    Price: $1.99

13. ESPN Streak for the Cash by ESPN

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    If you think you know sports, this app will give you a significant wake-up call.

    This app allows you to build a streak of correct picks from a daily list of match-ups across the world of sports, with the longest streaks earning cash.

    With the iPhone, make picks anytime and anywhere.

    Price: Free

12. Basketball Free Throw by YUYAO Mobile Software, Inc.

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    This would've been perfect for Shaq during his prime years.

    While the iPhone doesn't have an app similar to NBA Live, this game offers players a virtual opportunity to shoot free throws.

    Can't hurt.

    Price: $0.99

11. Pong by HWADO

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    A classic game, pong will keep you mesmerized for hours.

    So simple, yet so addictive.

    Price: $0.99

Honorable Mention: Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 12 by Electronic Arts

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    While this game would be slightly more exciting with infidelity and controversy involved, it is just golf.

    Play alongside the world's greatest golfer, as well as the rest of the talent who hit the course for a living.

    Price: $4.99

10. Ray Lewis Workouts by PumpOne

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    Want to look like Ray Lewis?

    In order to play like a fierce competitor, you must train like one.

    While most people assume that Lewis only has to show up, he begs to differ.

    It's all in the training.

    Price: $0.99

9. Bike Repair by Atomic Softwares

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    This is the ultimate bicycle repair app in the world.

    With over 200 studio quality photos explaining step-by-step what to do in specific situations, this app present bikers with a guide to both the simplest and the most complex problems.

    Fixing your shifting problem, derailleur noises, brakes rubbing on the wheel, flat tire, broken chain, pedal removal and hydraulic brakes, it doesn't get more detailed.

    Price: $2.99

8. College Football Scoreboard Plus by Smartphones Technologies, Inc.

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    Giving fans college football scores, schedules and all the latest news stories for the ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Conference USA, Mountain West, Pac-10 and SEC is sufficient enough.

    Even better, there are no ads.

    College football fanatics will thoroughly enjoy this app.

    Price: $0.99

7. Primos Hunting Calls: Speak the Language by DataRiver LLC

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    The hunted animals won't even know what's coming.

    This is officially the best hunting app of all-time.

    Hear the sounds that the best hunters use and attract many animals in the blink of an eye.

    Price: $1.99

6. ESPN Spelling Bee by EpicTilt

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    Spell onomatopoeia...

    After hearing a word said by Trey Wingo, users have 60 seconds to spell it on the keyboard.

    If you don't know, you can always have it said in a sentence.

    So much pressure.

    Price: $0.99

5. SI Swimsuit 2010 by Time Inc.

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    This app speaks for itself.

    Every fan loves to view pictures and videos of the world's most beautiful models.

    Now, it's at your fingertips.

    Price: oh yeah, it's free

4. ESPN ScoreCenter for Android, IPhone

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    With real-time scoring information for sports and leagues around the world, fans can easily navigate through this interface.

     

    With a "top events" tab and a customizable section for your favorite teams, this app presents fans with a simple, yet exciting experience.

     

    Price: Free

3. ESPN Radio by ESPN

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    It doesn't get much better than this.

    Having Scott Van Pelt at your fingertips is one of the benefits of this app.

    The plethora of other radio personalities that give ESPN its deserved credibility make this app essential for all radio addicts.

    Price: $2.99

2. MLB.com at Bat Lite for Android, IPhone

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    Offering professional baseball scoring info, news, standings, schedules, team-rosters and player-statistics, this app is a necessity for baseball fans.

    This free app may not compete with the paid version but certainly will suffice in keeping you updated.

    Most fans can live without the video until they get home to watch SportsCenter highlights.

    Price: Free

1. Team Stream by Bleacher Report

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    This is the mecca of iPhone apps.

    With a real-time stream of the best sports content from around the web about your favorite teams, this app presents fans with more than the usual stats and scores.

    Enjoy a detailed collection of news from around the web and stay up-to-date about everything going on in the sports world.

    Price: Free

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