Sport Betting Apps

By BestOdds Analyst | October 11, 2021, 5:29 pm
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In the age of modern technology, everything is at our fingertips. We can now instantly connect with not only people but our favorite sports as well.

These apps have some fantastic features with instant notifications, which can really up your sports betting experience. With everything right in your pocket, it’s the best way to keep in touch with what’s happening on and off the field.

That’s why today, we’re going to take you through the official apps for each league. We’ll highlight some of our favorite features and let you know whether the app is worth the download.

A few things to consider before we jump in. Mobile Applications, more commonly known as apps, need at least 4 out of 5 stars to be considered a “good app.”

Further, ratings are always compared with how many reviews each app has. The more reviews, the better.

Additionally, for the purposes of this review, we will mainly focus on free features within the apps.

Without further ado, let’s get into it!

1. NFL (By NFL Enterprises LLC)

The NFL betting app has been on the iOS App Store for over four years, and it clearly shows. The app boasts 4.6 stars, maintains over 12,000 reviews, and is currently #4 in the Apple Sports Apps chart. It is currently only available in English.

The app itself is free, but the NFL Gamepass can be purchased for $99 per season and allows you to watch every NFL game live, including the Super Bowl!

Now back to the review. Without this Gamepass, there are still quite a lot of features available. Up-to-the-minute scoring, in-game highlights, and drive charts are readily available. There is combine and draft coverage as well. They even provide live local and prime-time games within the regular season.

The two main features we want to highlight are the “Add Team” feature and the “Fantasy” feature.

The “Add Team” feature is pretty standard in most sports apps; however, it remains one of our favorites. It’s pretty simple, all you do is pick and choose which teams you would like to follow, and the app then prioritizes those teams and provides instant notifications. From injuries to roster changes and more, everything will be pinged right to the home screen of your phone.

Next, there is the “Fantasy” feature that allows you to stay up to date on professional fantasy football picks. This section does not allow you to create your fantasy team, as you need to download a separate app to do so. But it does have a plethora of articles that share the best picks, analysts’ matchups, and more.

Overall the design of the app is pretty easy to get around, and the dark background keeps it easy on the eyes. It is a must-download for football fans all over the world.

2. NBA: Live Games & Scores (By NBA Media Ventures LLC)

The NBA app is another App Store veteran clocking in just over four years as well. It has a 4.6-star rating but only has just over 2,500 reviews and is rated #156 in the Sports chart. It is currently available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, and Traditional Chinese.

The app itself is free, but there are different tiers of the NBA League Pass available for purchase. The most popular package is $199.99, and it provides live games, offline downloads, documentaries, archives, analyses, and more.

For those who prefer the free version, there is access to the official schedule, scores, stats, in-game/post-game highlights, previews, recaps, live press conferences, and league updates.

This app doesn’t have an “Add Team” feature, but it does have a section for teams, players, stats, transactions, key dates, and broadcast schedules.

Our favorite features would have to be the NBABet and NBA Pick’Em sections.

NBABet is a compilation of articles touching on betting on NBA and WNBA games. It’s a great place to get some extra knowledge on betting within this specific league.

The NBA Pick’Em section is currently still under development, but what they have so far is already exciting.

This section allows you to try different challenges and games for this season. There is the Draft Challenge, Team Win Totals, Primetime Picks, Playoffs Bracket Challenge, and the Weekly Pick’Ems. Alongside that, there is trivia!

All in all, this app will definitely keep you entertained. You have to explore it a little bit to get a handle on where everything is, but once you do, you can spend hours and hours looking at all of the data available.

3. MLB (By Major League Baseball Advanced Media)

The MLB app has been on the App Store for over four years and currently holds a 4.2-star rating with just over 1,400 reviews. It stands as #8 in the Sports App chart and is available in both English and Spanish.

As per, this app is free to download, but there are additional features available at a cost. The MLB Audio subscription is $19.99/year, and the MLB TV subscription is $129.99/year.

The free app offers a variety of different features. There is a “Free Game of the Day” offer, in-game highlights, archives, breaking news, schedules, interactive rosters, player stats, and more.

The first time you open the app, you are asked to pick your favorite team and teams you would like to follow. The app then takes you into which notifications you would like to receive, which is something new. You can decide if you want pop-ups for the following: game start, lead change, score change, pitching change, game end, condensed game, in-game highlights, and news.

You can even change the app’s icon to make it your favorite team instead!

Our favorite feature is the ability to pick notifications specifically. Getting instant updates can be fun, but sometimes it’s too much. Being able to nitpick at which specific notifications you want for particular teams is pretty cool.

The app itself is beautifully organized with an excellent dark background. Each team has its own section as well. First, you pick your team at the top, and then you decide if you’re looking for standings, stats, rosters, coaches, or whatever else.

Everything is easily accessible at the bottom of the app, and at the very top, you can see a simple game schedule. This app has everything an MLB fan could dream of.

4. NHL (By BAMTech LLC)

The NHL app has been online for over four years and has maintained a 4.5-star rating with over 42,000 reviews vouching for how amazing it is. It is currently #13 in the Apple Sports App chart and available in English and French.

The subscription for this app is $156.08 for the full season or $58.52 for just the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They have other options as well, including an early bird price for the full season, so make sure you check it out as soon as possible if you’re interested.

Without the NHL LIVE subscription, you can still follow each game, gain access to scores, schedules, standings, videos, and rosters.

Upon opening the app, similarly to the MLB, you are asked which teams you would like to favorite and which teams you would like to follow. It also allows you to change the icon to any team you’d like, which may seem like a silly feature, but it adds a special touch that we appreciate.

The main page changes from team to team with a drop-down menu at the top. The bottom bar has its usual features with an option for “More.” That’s where things get interesting.

This is where you can find EVERYTHING for this league. From the rule book to podcasts to betting lines-there is legitimately everything.

It is also worth noting that the online website has an additional seven languages, which is excellent for their international fans.

Our favorite feature? It would have to be the section with betting lines. What more could a bettor ask for besides in-app access to money lines, totals, and puck lines?

As we said, this app has everything you could possibly want as an NHL fan. With instant notifications and live updates, your betting game will be the talk of the town.

5. UFC (By Zuffa, LLC)

The UFC app is the oldest on our list so far, as it’s been on the App Store for over 12 years. It has a 4.6-star rating, but it only has over 5,500 reviews and is stuck at #169 on the Sports Apps chart. It is currently offered in English, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.

The UFC FIGHT PASS subscription is $9.99 per month or $95.88 for a year.

Unfortunately, the only thing you can access for free here is stats, articles, results, and upcoming events. The only way to check out live games and even highlights are to purchase a subscription.

Due to that, there isn’t much to say about this app. It’s pretty basic, and there aren’t a lot of exciting features to talk about. The design is pretty simple yet effective. However, the app is slow to load, which is a surprise since it’s been on the market for 12 years.

Overall, we think the UFC app could be better. Especially since every other app, we’ve reviewed has some pretty impressive features available for free. Even if you purchase the FIGHT PASS, there doesn’t seem to be much else included besides the actual matches.

Let’s hope they do a revamp soon, as it does have a lot of potential.

6. ESPN: Sports News & Highlights (By Disney Inc.)

The ESPN app is the Holy Grail for sports fans who need a whole lot of everything. This app is around four years old, has 4.5 stars, over 8,000 reviews, and is currently #22 on the charts. It is now available in English, Dutch, Portuguese, and Spanish.

The subscription cost for ESPN is $5.99 a month, or $59.99 annually. Additionally, you can purchase an add-on for UFC matches totaling the package for $89.98 (currently at a 30% discount).

In terms of the free app, there are up-to-date scores, the latest news, and a wide range of video content. It has 16 sports (including E-Sports) and 37 different leagues (including women’s sports) available on the app. That is a lot of content.

There are sports documentaries, highlights, podcasts, live radio, fantasy, pick’ems, challenges, and more.

There is so much on this app, and some may say it could be overwhelming. However, they have managed to keep things reasonably well organized. If not for that, this app would be a mess, but so far, they have kept everything in its place and easy to find.

You might need to do a little exploring at first, but remember, the search bar is your friend! And if you’re someone who enjoys a multitude of sports, this app has nearly everything.

And that’s all for today! A rundown of the official sports apps for all of your favorite sports. If you think we missed anything, head over to our contact page and let us know, or shoot us a tweet @BestOddsBets.

Note: This review was conducted on iOS 14.7.1.