September 1, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
The kids are back in school and Labor Day is fast approaching, which can mean only one thing: football season is upon us! Sports fans will be happy to know that the NCAA Bowl Subdivision kicks off tomorrow evening, and the NFL will follow suit next week. There will soon be dozens of games each week commanding your attention.
We still can’t make sense of this conference realignment and lack of a playoff system in college football, or predict which teams are going to the SuperBowl this year. However, we can at least help point out some apps that you’ll want to use to follow football in the 2010 season. If you have any suggestions for apps not in this list, feel free to recommend them in the comments section.
CBS Sports Mobile is designed for all sports rather than one particular sport; however, it’s better than CBS’s other app dedicated to football. This app is more stable, better looking, and still provides the gridiron news, stats, and scores you demand. It’s not very good for seeing upcoming schedules but its good if you don’t want a football-only app. [AppBrain Install]
ESPN ScoreCenter provides live scores and schedules for several sports, including football. Scorecenter provides live updates for games and links to articles on the mobile website. Users can also set Scorecenter to place special emphasis on favorite teams within the app and the built-in widget. Grab this if you only need schedules and in-game info. [AppBrain Install]
ScoreMobile is, in my personal opinion, the best app for getting live updates. Score is the most complete app, packing in-app news reports, schedules, live scores, and even betting odds for point spread and over/under gambling. Score also displays conference/division standings, stats, and select short video clips from The Score. There’s also a bulky-but-useful home screen widget. [AppBrain Install]
Yahoo! Fantasy Football only a day or two old and it’s already a must have if your fantasy league is run through Yahoo! Download this app to find news, control your roster, and track points during each week’s matchup. [AppBrain Install]
College FB and Football Live are from the same company, and are essentially the same app. College FB focuses on college football, offering detailed schedules, roster information, news, team favorites, photos, and scores. Football Live does the same for the NFL; just replace the polls with division standings. Both apps could stand to be a tiny bit faster or have a widget, but they get the job done. [College FB or Football Live]
Sprint Football Live is only for Sprint customers. It’s a lot less useful after losing the NFL contract to Verizon, but still worth having. SFL delivers favorite teams, news, schedules, stats, standings, videos, and betting odds. There is a widget included but it’s not as good as others. [Visit Sprint on desktop for link]
NFL Mobile is the only officially-sanctioned NFL app, and it’s only available for Verizon customers. Football fans on Big Red can get live video broadcasting of games if they sign up for the $10 per month VCast feature. The app comes stock with news from NFL.com, scores, teams, and favorite information. [VZW customers can text "NFL" to 8915 to download]