The Best Sports Apps for the 2013 Season

By Eddie Duncan

You don't have to check the sports section of the paper anymore for scores and standings. With a tablet or smartphone and the right app, you can access scores in real-time, watch video highlights of the big plays and even stream live games. Sports fans can follow their favorite teams like never before with these five must-have apps.

1. MLB At Bat 13 (Android, iOS, Blackberry, KindleFire) $19.99/season or $2.99/month

The official app of Major League Baseball, MLB At Bat 13 sets the standard for mobile sports apps. Fans can customize their homepage by favorite team and read news updates from writers. Access live pitch-by-pitch tracking, listen in to audio broadcasts of games, watch video highlights and follow live scores from around the league. If you are an Premium subscriber, you can also link At Bat with your account to watch every out-of-market game on your mobile devices. This app is a grand slam for baseball fans.

2. NFL Mobile (Android, iOS) Free

Take the NFL with you wherever you go with this sleek app powered by Verizon. Read breaking news and analysis from writers, see highlights from the biggest plays and recaps of the week's important games.With NFL Mobile Premium, for Verizon customers only, you can watch live NFL games Thursday, Sunday and Monday night on your mobile devices. You will also get access to the NFL Red Zone channel and the NFL Network. With enhanced Facebook integration and the ability to track your fantasy football leagues, NFL Mobile should be an essential part of your season.


You won't find more mobile football coverage than with DIRECTV's NFL SUNDAY TICKET app. Fans can watch every single game, every Sunday on their tablet or phone. The NFL SUNDAY TICKET app also takes your game watching experience further with interactive features like real-time stats and scores, highlight alerts and tools to track your fantasy players. You also receive access to features like the Red Zone channel and Short Cuts, 30 minute replays of entire games without commercial interruptions. With the NFL SUNDAY TICKET app, you can watch football on your phone or tablet and the big screen at the same time.

4. ESPN ScoreCenter (Android, iOS) Free

From the world-wide leader in sports comes this handy app that lets you keep up with scores and news from sports all over the world. You can set personalized scoreboards to get news, video highlights and standings from your favorite teams and leagues. The app's calendar navigation feature allows you to quickly browse previous scores and look ahead to upcoming games. ScoreCenter also features live integrated GameCasts and links to video from WatchESPN. This is a handy tool for instant access to breaking news and scores on the go.

5. Fantasy Monster Pro (Android, iOS) $4.99

Fantasy Monster Pro turns your mobile device into an all-in-one fantasy command center. Manage all of your fantasy teams and leagues from Yahoo, ESPN and in one place. Whether you play fantasy football, basketball, baseball or hockey, this app will help you dominate the competition. You can check live scores, the latest injury reports, post to message boards and even edit your lineups on the fly with the app's handy drag-and-drop feature. This is the only fantasy sports app you will ever need.

Whether you're a fantasy player, a stats junkie or live far away from your home team, you can stay in the game while on-the-go with your mobile device. Follow your team online and on TV with these incredible sports apps.

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