Return to the NFL with these Hall-of-Fame Android apps

Jul 25, 2011
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After a prolonged lockout that threatened the entire season, the NFL finally returns this Thursday. You’ll never be without an NFL update, because your Android phone is powerful enough to stream live games, play Madden and deliver real-time scores. During the big game, why not keep your trusty Android device by your side and discover a handful of choice apps that might just make your game viewing a bit more interactive and fun. And, if the game doesn’t hold your attention, or the thought of enduring Joe Buck’s inane ramblings makes you recoil in horror, well, you’ll at least have something else to focus on instead. We’re living in the best of times, and these are the best of Android apps for NFL season 2011-2012.

NFL Sunday Ticket

There are plenty of you out there that have DirecTV’s service just for the Sunday Ticket subscription. Being able to choose any game, watch it live and record it means you get to follow your team, and not just the big matches broadcasters choose to air. Live streams come straight to your phone, from the NFL Sunday Ticket lineup, as well as programming from the Red Zone Channel. The app also features important news and stats, like team and player info, scores, standings, schedules and highlights. As with all satellite and cable-based mobile apps, you’ll need a subscription with your provider before bothering with this free-to-download title.

NFL Mobile

Verizon Wireless is all about quality content streaming, offering media perks to customers that many other carriers don’t offer. NFL Mobile is an exclusive offering for Android users, creating a mobile hub for live game videos and audio, as well as news, scores and highlights. This is an app geared towards Verizon customers with high-end Android phones, so make sure your device is compatible before downloading. But, if you’re a fan of football, the live audio broadcasts are free, you can track your fantasy players, and there’s plenty of breaking news, score alerts, and game trackers to keep you occupied, all of which could come in handy if you’re away from the TV on game day.


ESPN is a sports favorite with quality programs, never-ending analysis and humor all in one network. You can watch ESPN content live on your phone, connecting to live sports and programs from ESPN. The app is free to download, delivering live-streaming feeds from the main channel, along with ESPN2 and ESPN3, among other channels. Of course, ESPN doesn’t stream every game every night, so you’re limited to the big matches that air on its collection of mainstream channels. And your access to this app depends on your cable provider, working only for Bright House, Time Warner and Verizon FiOS customers. Read the terms and check for supported devices before downloading this app. If it’s just the scores you’re after, try the ESPN ScoreCenter app, which is free for all.

Yahoo! Sportacular (previously Live Scores)

Formerly Sportacular from Citizen Sports, the company that produces Live Scores was taken over by Yahoo! but they’ve continued to improve this free app, despite a somewhat rocky start. For up-to-the-minute game news, Sportacular delivers the latest scores in real time. This sports app has a simple interface for quick navigation, covering all the major sports categories, from the NFL to the NBA. For the next few months, stick with the NFL channel, which is easy enough once you select your preferences and familiarize yourself with the app. You can follow your favorite teams, add score alerts for constant updates, and widgets for home-screen access to scores and news stories. One great advantage of Live Scores are the score alerts. If you can’t make it to a TV to watch the game, but at the same time are somewhere where you won’t be able to gawp at your Android for hours on end, then those handy alerts could keep you up-to-date on the latest plays with the smallest of glimpses at your phone, and you won’t have to disturb anyone.

Madden NFL Mobile

If you would rather be in the game rather than sitting on the sidelines as a mere spectator, try the Madden NFL game, powered by EA Sports. The popular franchise is totally mobile, delivering football avatars for your controlling glory. Manage your rosters with the hundreds of players from all 32 NFL teams, control your charts, make trades and bet on free-agents. With Madden, you can live out an entire NFL season, complete with commentary and unique stadium games. The mobile game is never as good as the console version, but there’s nothing like Madden for a football fan.

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Yahoo! Fantasy Sports

Another way to live out the NFL season is through fantasy football leagues. As the leading fantasy football service, Yahoo!’s dedicated Android app delivers all the information and management options you need. View your team, league and player stats, edit your lineups and constantly check your standings and upcoming matchups. You even get real-time fantasy score updates, with options to track matchups from the past, present and future. Search for free agents and read breaking news that may alter your decisions, making your fantasy league all the more realistic.

American Football News

American Football News may be a bit of a mouthful, but it’s chock-full of content including headlines, news, videos, live scores/results and standings. It’s only been out a few months, but the developers appear to be updating it regularly and adding more features each time. This is one app that should keep you happy right through the off-season too and well into 2012.


With the free ESPN app you know you’re going to get up-to-the-minute scores from games in progress, as well as plenty of features, news, and analysis of the NFL. And if you’re bored of football already, there’s a multitude of other sports to read up about like baseball, soccer, hockey, cricket, and more.


Need to nab some tickets for a game? Or maybe you’ve got an extra ticket to sell. Try StubHub, a massive marketplace for fan-to-fan tickets. Here you can get tickets for concerts and plays, but you can also get tickets for sporting events. Search by price, dates and location, browsing across categories and stadiums. The StubHub app comes with a map view of each venue so you can see the available seats before purchasing a ticket. If you plan on using StubHub on more than one occasion, set up a tracker to follow your favorite teams to see when they’re in your town of interest. If you’re selling tickets here, you can also manage your account from this free Android app.

StubHub App Android Demo

Discover the redesigned StubHub app for Android and tickets for your favorite sports, music and arts events. Customize your preferences with the StubHub Android app with your favorite teams and artists, discover new favorites and grab tickets wherever and whenever you want them.


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