Sports fans always have those few go-to apps, websites, or gadgets that enhance their enjoyment of the sport they love. However, sometimes it can be good for a sports fanatic to get out of their comfort zone a bit and to try new sources of entertainment or information that can take their experiences to whole other levels.
In this article, we take a look at the mobile apps and websites that have the power to transform the way anyone interacts with their favorite sport.
Whether you practice sport yourself, or just can’t get enough of a certain player or team, all of these apps and websites should have you raring to go
Resources That Make Every Fan Feel Like a Player
How many times have you overheard a fellow fan talking about how they would have performed better than an elite athlete or could have made a better call than an experienced head coach?
Before the internet there was no way to really know if they were telling the truth or not. But these days there are a plethora of apps and websites that specialize in getting the fan as close to the action as possible.
Some of these resources are still making their way in the US, having already made a splash in other parts of the world, meaning that for now fortunate fans from states like Colorado, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Michigan can wager on a variety of US-based and worldwide sports, with residents of other states waiting for their chance to be able to do the same.
The great thing about such betting resources is that they also come loaded with everything from live streams, expert tips, and up-to-date statistical analysis.
Some online products and offerings are so good that you will feel like you are in the midst of all the sporting blood, sweat, and tears
A New Age of Sports Journalism Starts Here
Let’s be honest, journalism has taken a hit or two in recent decades, as it struggles to keep pace with social media platforms that often break exclusives far quicker than any traditional hack could. The same can be said for sport journalism, where famous athletes break the stories themselves via Instagram and Twitter, leaving many journalists glued to their phone screens; simply rehashing tweets and posts into something that resembles an article.
Rather than this race to the bottom of the journalism scrap heap, there are some new outlets that have vowed to be better, bringing inciteful sports news and features to fans who are bored by the mindlessness of the social media scrum.
Arguably the best of these new-age news sources is The Athletic, which prides itself on employing the most talented writers and developing the best local contacts, so that no matter who you support or follow, there will be articles on their platform that suit you down to the ground.
Feeling Part of the Team with Blog Indexes
When the internet and sports first collided, there was a deluge of sports blogs that popped up overnight, as fans jumped online and started penning everything from rants to homages. Over time it became impossible for most blogs to get any sort of traction, as millions of budding writers vied for views and clicks. This has now given rise to blog indexes, some of which have become huge fan platforms in their own right.
Two good examples are Barstool Sports and SB Nation, both of which collate all the best sports blogs from around the US and package them alongside original multimedia content. These are a great way for a floundering fan to connect and interact with other like-minded individuals. Who knows, if you get into the spirit of such sites you might find yourself wanting to pen your own opinions or insights.
Compete Alongside the Stars
If you enjoy partaking in sport as much as you do spectating, then there are a whole host of amazing new exercise apps and programs that allow you to test your mettle against the best in the world.
Cycling is at the forefront of this because apps like TrainerRoad and Zwift allow amateur cyclists to race in real-time against top pros and celebrities.