Free iPad sports app a must-have for sports junkies

TheScore may just be the best sports app on the iPad to date. It's not only chock full of news, blogs, videos, and other good stuff, it's also free.

Rick Broida Senior Editor
Rick Broida is the author of numerous books and thousands of reviews, features and blog posts. He writes CNET's popular Cheapskate blog and co-hosts Protocol 1: A Travelers Podcast (about the TV show Travelers). He lives in Michigan, where he previously owned two escape rooms (chronicled in the ebook "I Was a Middle-Aged Zombie").
Rick Broida
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If you have even a passing interest in sports (or just want to show off your iPad), get theScore.
If you have even a passing interest in sports (or just want to show off your iPad), get TheScore. Screenshot by Rick Broida

When I see an app like TheScore for iPad, it forces me to think in big-picture terms, as in: this is how sports news was meant to be consumed. Not in some day-old newspaper or tiny iPhone app, but on a big, beautiful screen jam-packed with scores, standings, videos, and blogs.

In other words, I'm really digging TheScore--and I'm not even that into sports. (It says clearly on my Tech Nerds of America membership card that sports are permissible only as a "passing interest" or for "social interaction research.")

Actually, I do consume a lot of college basketball, which is just one of the dozen-plus major categories covered by the app. Others include MLB, football (both American and Canadian), basketball, hockey, and numerous soccer leagues I've never heard of.

Within any selected section, you can scroll through related Top Stories, Buzz, Videos, and Blogs, or check out the latest scores and standings.

The latest baseball scores appear in a scrollable ticker across the top, followed by a search option for looking up players or teams. Search for Detroit Tigers, for example, and you'll get team headlines, current standing, game schedule, and a list of team leaders (any of which you can tap for a pop-up summary).

TheScore also serves up half a dozen video channels (including "The Basketball Jones" and "The Break") and an equal number of blogs ("Hockey or Die" and "Branded" among them).

In short, there's an endless amount of good stuff here for sports fans--and you just can't beat the price: TheScore is free. (Ad-free, too.)