The Best Apple TV Apps for Sports Fans

Are you a sports fan? If so then Apple TV really has got you covered with a growing wealth of wonderful windows into all manner of sporting entertainment. While many of these apps require a subscription and there is a little overlap in terms of what sports brands are included, what follows is a run-down of some of the best available sports apps you’ll find for your Apple TV.

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 The watchword for wrestling entertainment for decades, WWE's Apple TV app gives you access to all 12 annual live pay-per-view events, including WrestleMania. It also offers reality shows, original programming and a collection of video-on-demand, including classic WWE, WCW and ECW shows. Subscription required.

MLS Apple TV app

Soccer fans will want to get hold of the compelling MLS Live app. Not only does it provide access to current matches, but it also provides an extensive catalog of hundreds of older games. You can also watch recap shows and in-depth soccer-related content, news and dedicated club channels.

FOX Sports Go is a great app for sports. Not only does its split-screen interface allow you to watch up to four games at once, but it also lets you stream from multiple channels. Sports include NFL, MLB, UFC, NASCAR, Big 12 and Pac-12 Football, Big East Basketball, FIFA World Cup, and UEFA Champions League soccer.  You must have a cable or satellite pay TV subscription, or a subscription to a streaming TV service like Sling TV or Vue. 

MLB

Baseball fans love the MLB app. Not only does it offer high quality (60fps) broadcasts of both home and away teams, but it can do so in split-screen, enabling you to watch two games at the same time. If you want to focus on just one game at once, you can, either in full-screen mode or an interactive mode in which you can also monitor scores and in-match player stats.

Quite naturally, NBA is a must-have subscription for basketball fans, who can use the app to watch live and archived classic NBA games as well as special on-demand content (additional cost). Beyond this,​ you can check live scores for all games and get the latest schedules. Game recap and team videos are also made available through the app. ​​

You’ll get a lot of sporting action and more from Sling TV, which provides you with 25 basic channels boosted by up to 65 additional ones for a monthly fee (you can even get HBO and FOX). This is the go-to app for any cord-cutting Apple TV user, particularly since its collection of channels is so extensive and picture quality is high. You also get a clear and extensive channel guide.

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The free International Cricket Council official app for the ICC World Twenty20, India 2016 bought you full tournament coverage, video, images, news, stats and match highlights and more. With the fixture over the app remains a rich source of archive footage from the event and a good app to have installed in time for future ICC matches.

ESPN On Apple TV.

The WatchESPN app provides 24/7 streaming sports actions from across all the broadcaster’s networks. Sports include football, NBA, MLB, PGA Golf and more. The biggest name in sports coverage, it offers a deep wealth of content through the intuitive and familiar Apple TV interface. The only catch is that you must have a cable subscription. 

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The PGA Tour app provides live coverage of over 30 PGA Tour events each year. For a monthly subscription you can watch live games, access real-time highlights, and enjoy tournament recap shows. The deep wealth of golfing content is fully searchable using the familiar Apple TV interface. 

The latest stories, news, and insider comment alongside access to all the season’s 256 football games which you can watch both live and on-demand inside the NFL app on Apple TV. The app also provide highlights of the major fixtures, such as the Super Bowl matches. Stats fans can explore scoreboards and in-depth team video.

Perhaps the biggest hitter of available sports apps, NBC Sports provides access to a wealth of sporting ​action all year long. You will be able to get your fill of soccer, football, hockey, golf, tennis, horse and motor racing and more forms of sports entertainment in this app.  The only thing that gets in the way of full enjoyment here is the need to have a cable or satellite subscription to access all this content. 

If you like contact sports you may also want to take a look at this app which gives you martial arts, boxing, kickboxing, pro wrestling, news, analysis and documentary content. It’s a 24-hour networks so you’ll be able to access contact sports from around the world. You also gain on-demand access to TNA Wrestling shows.

Entertainment for the People

The connection between sports coverage and cable channels runs deep and Apple and others have faced big challenges unlocking this puzzle. Despite these hurdles the steady introduction of apps like these for Apple TV users means the situation is changing and it's only a matter of time before you should be able to pick and choose the sports -- and the media -- you want to watch, without being tied to a cable or satellite provider.