theScore Mobile by The Score is a sports app that has been completely redesigned to bring you the ultimate mobile sports experience, a must-have for the fantasy sports fan.

theScore Mobile provides a fast, smooth experience with real-time alerts that helps keep you in the middle of all the action. This app provides one of the deepest fantasy sport tools out there, letting you follow any team in any league. Stay informed with up-to-the second sport scores, box scores, player stats, betting odds, recaps, top stories and league leaders.

Get breaking news alerts from the NHL, NFL, NBA and MLB. Live coverage of so many sporting events it will make your head spin. NFL, NCAA and CFL for you football fans with NBA, and NCAA (including March Madness) for you basketball fans. Unexpected sports such as Auto Racing, Tennis and Lacrosse are also included in amongst some of the expected sports like Soccer, Golf and Mixed Martial Arts.

theScore Mobile was updated to Version 3.5.3 on February 20, 2013. It has a total of 40,316 customer ratings with an average of four out of five stars. Feedback from users has been positive overall with many users relying on this app as their number one source for sports information and news. One complaint from users is that the new update has provided stationary ads which blocks content, rather than scrolling with the rest of the app.

There is really not much to dislike about the app; other than the new ads being slightly annoying, this is a solid app. I really like the new Player Card Profiles that have been added, allowing for a more in-depth look at your favorite athletes.

For: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad with iOS 6.0 or later

For all the sports fans out there theScore Mobile has received a decent update today to include full coverage of upcoming ‘March Madness’ from the NCAA College Basketball tournament, breaking news push alerts for your favourite leagues (NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB), easier customization of league ordering, and more. Not much to say here other than to download this if you love sports.

What’s New in Version 3.5.3
• NCAA College Basketball Tournament – full coverage of draw and all games. Turn on Upset Tracker alerts to be notified in real time of any potential upsets! The All Games alert will notify you at the end of every tournament game with the final score.

• Breaking News push alerts for your favorite leagues – We’ve now got breaking news alerts for the biggest trades, injuries and happenings – for NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB. Turn them on when you go into the “News” section for each league. You can turn them off easily in the settings area.

• Customize your league ordering even easier on iPhone – click “More Leagues” and tap the plus / minus buttons.

• Proper team calendar names for full seasons.

• Optimizations to team alerts. Note: If you want to make any changes to your alerts you can customize all alerts under settings now.

• Full coverage of NBA Trade Deadline in the Scores and News sections. Live Feb 18th.


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Back in October, ScoreMedia was acquired by Rogers, with the latter also having a 10% stake into ScoreDigital, the maker of theScore.

Click here to download theScore for iOS, it’s free and also a universal app.

The Google Play store is currently filled to the brim with sports related apps. Some provide the latest NFL updates admirably, while some pump fast news about NBA. But many are subpar and filled with annoying half screen ads. theScore gets away from the cumbersome mechanics usually associated with sports score and news apps, and provides a seamless and fast experience. It doesn’t matter which game you are following or what match you want to check, theScore has got you covered. And the best thing of all is that it’s absolutely free.

Developed by the company which is literally called theScore, Inc. the app provides you with constant score updates and news related to the game you love. Are you a Lakers fan? And want to know who is going play the next game, theScore will provide you with latest news and scores blazingly fast. It’s a bummer when you have to do work during the match, fire up theScore and you will be connected to the game in no time. Wife nagging you to go to a lame wedding or the boss wants you for another shift; with theScore on your side you will still be able to “catch” the game.

The smooth and easy interface is a treat to navigate; easy customization allows you to follow any team you want. The theScore even lets you check out schedule, news or injuries regarding your favorite team. Following individual players is also included, a feature which will be god-send for many who are into fantasy sports. A nifty widget is also included for free, which makes checking the score as easy as turning your phone on. Social media integration is also continuous and laidback, one tap and you will be tweeting scores and posting on Facebook. Apart from occasional lags, which to be honest should not be there in a mostly text based app; theScore is a joy to use. Inclusion of junior leagues and other sports would defiantly make this app among the best of the best, which is exactly what the developer is working on. With a specially designed tablet version on the way the theScore is highly recommended to the sports buffs out there, you won’t be disappointed.

Google Play Link: theScore

By Daniel Bader

Formerly ScoreMobile, theScore for iOS has recently been updated with iPad support, and takes great advantage of the larger tablet screen.

The interface works in either portrait or landscape, and provides access to all your favourite sports via a permanent left-side navigation bar. The app also provides a MyScore area where you can track your favourite sports, news and scores from within the app or via push notifications.

There’s also plenty of fantasy sports coverage, with Rotowire providing news and stats for more than 15,000 players in 800 teams across 20+ leagues. theScore also announced that they will be updating their Android app in the coming months, adapting the iOS version to Android phones and tablets.

You can download theScore for iOS in the App Store.

By: Andrew Webster

The silly season is here for sports fans — the World Series just ended, the MLS playoffs are kicking off, the European soccer season is in full swing, and if the world doesn’t hate me the NHL will be starting eventually as well. Keeping track of all of your favorite leagues and clubs can be a pain, but ScoreMobile does an excellent job of keeping everything in one place. It covers a huge range of leagues — seriously, there’s everything from Canadian football to professional lacrosse — but more importantly lets you focus only on the teams you care about with the “My Score” feature. It makes checking scores and stats on the go a whole lot easier, though sadly it doesn’t make being a Toronto sports fan any less depressing.







By: Peter Butler

We’ve come a long way since sports scores agonizingly scrolled across pagers. For today’s smaller Android phones or for those times and places when your service connection is spotty, liveblogging and stat tracking provide a reliable, low-bandwidth method of following the big games. My favorite pick for all of the above is a free app called ScoreMobile (which again also has an iPhone app).

ScoreMobile has evolved from a basic score and stat tracker to a much more robust system for following live sporting events. The main interface lists the app’s set of sports leagues, all of which can be removed or reordered. Clicking into the MLB Baseball section will bring up the only game around these days: the San Francisco Giants vs. the Detroit Tigers. The scores page will show the current score of the game or the betting lines and start time if it has not yet begun.






Clicking into the game itself will show the current live status (again with a lineup and injury news if the game hasn’t started yet) and tabs allow additional content like news service-generated previews and recaps. The most valuable feature for those big-time championship games is the Blog tab, where the ScoreMobile team provides a quick-fingered, accurate and (usually) knowledgeable liveblogger who provides play-by-play coverage that rivals radio coverage.

ScoreMobile users are encouraged to create accounts and contribute to the liveblog as well, and you’ll see the stream of posts include the occasional “GIANTS RULE, TIGERS DROOL” comment, but those user comments themselves are moderated by the ScoreMobile team, so there (usually) aren’t any crude comments that scare the faint-hearted or permanently scar young children. Every big game — like the World Series, NCAA basketball championship, Rose Bowl, etc. — has a dedicated moderator and liveblogger who does a great job in conveying the essential details of the action as well as occasionally adding insightful commentary.

As a bonus, SportsMobile also lets you designate specific teams as Favorites. Doing so will move any games featuring those teams to the top of the list of scores. You can also set up notification alerts for your favorite teams that are based on the start of the game, end of the game, when the bases are loaded, when either team scores, or when it’s a close game. Even if you’re stuck in the subway with a fraction of a phone-service bar, ScoreMobile operates efficiently enough to get the necessary scores and stats through.

By Simon Houpt

The world is moving so quickly these days, even three-year-olds are having mid-life crises. Why, it was only in the spring of 2009 that a few sports bloggers got together in the basement of a New York sports bar for a raucous bit of backslapping they called Blogs With Balls (BWB), where they talked passionately about their hobby (and, in some cases, their profession).

Now, as dozens of North America’s top sports bloggers convene in downtown Toronto on Friday and Saturday for Blogs With Balls 5.0, one of the conference’s organizers says the name no longer fits.

And the way BWB is grappling with its identity reflects not only the wider changes in the blogging world – a large media category that went from hobby to profession over the course of a decade – but also how so-called legacy media has become more dynamic in response.

“It’s not about blogs anymore,” said Kyle Bunch in an interview this week. “It’s now about blogs and Facebook and Twitter and Instagram – all of this distributed conversation that’s happening, that really takes things way past blogs.”

He and his colleagues at BWB, he said, have spent a considerable amount of time trying to figure out a new name for their gathering.

“Probably the worst thing about our brand is we built this great name, but now it’s tied to something that really feels like a relic of the past,” he said. “As crazy as it sounds for something that was named in 2009.”

In the past few years, the blog world has also lost one of the central pillars of its identity, as people began flowing more freely back and forth between new and old media. The stale Us vs. Them dynamic still comes up at the conferences, Mr. Bunch said. But when it does, “I almost cringe a little bit.”

The lines between the worlds “have completely blurred,” said Jim Bankoff, chairman and chief executive officer of SB Nation, a rapidly growing Washington, D.C.-based online sports network. “People get caught up – they hear the word ‘blog,’ and they think: Oh, it’s someone keeping a personal diary. I think those days are kind of gone. Now, there’s a professional class of blogging, or online storytelling and online community-building.”

News organizations in the United States (and Canada, to a lesser extent) are hiring people who started as bloggers, while editors and reporters dropped by money-losing newspapers are going in the other direction.

SB Nation now provides a platform for hundreds of bloggers, some of whom are paid little and some of whom are paid at very competitive rates. Last year, SB Nation’s parent company, Vox Media, launched The Verge to cover the intersection of technology and culture. It is getting set to launch Polygon, which will cover video gaming and online gaming. Amy K. Nelson, who will appear at a BWB panel on Friday morning, had worked for seven years at ESPN before moving to SB Nation last year. “SB Nation was offering her the change to take it to the next level by doing original video production,” noted Mr. Bunch.

Elliotte Friedman, the CBC broadcaster (and, yes, blogger) said opportunities for hungry and passionate fans are exploding. “Whenever I speak to young people who want to get into sports, I tell them: If you fail, it’s probably your fault, because now you have more chances to have a voice than ever,” he said. “The Internet has evened out the playing field.”

He cited the success of the Basketball Jones, a blog and podcast based at The Score created by a small crew of Canadian b-ball fans. “Ten to 15 years ago, there [wouldn’t have been] anything that existed for those guys to do. But instead, they created a name for themselves, they did it all on their own, and now they’re huge in the basketball world.”

Still, for those of us who believe in old-fashioned journalistic values like objectivity, the effect that blogs have had on other sports media can be troubling. Bloggers usually identify themselves primarily as fans; while that gives them an extraordinary depth of knowledge, they may not always have the necessary distance to cover their beats impartially. Would we want fans of particular political parties to be covering Ottawa?

Mr. Friedman said those concerns are misplaced. “You can be a fan of politics without it letting it compromise your judgment,” he said. “I’m a fan of hockey but that doesn’t mean I like what’s going on right now. You can love something and still be honest and critical about it.”

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Sports on Earth or SB Nation? Bleacher Report or Reddit? Who’s got next?

That’s just one of the questions that will likely be part of the chatter at Blogs with Balls 5, a sports media conference that brings some of the most interesting names in the online sports world from across North America to the TIFF Bell Lightbox this Friday and Saturday to chat IRL (in real life).

It’s the first time the conference takes place outside the U.S., thanks in part to The Score, which is sponsoring the event, with likely a little coaxing from The Basketball Jones guys, who have attended and been part of panels the past few years. They will be hosting a live edition of their podcast at the event on Saturday.

“The coolest part at the beginning was meeting all these people who you only had relationships with online. I would imagine that’s still the key, although it’s gotten much, much bigger,” says J.E. Skeets of TBJ, who first attended in 2009. “It’s like any conference, you know — the panels are the panels and that’s cool, but a lot of the really good stuff comes from networking after and grabbing a drink at the bar with someone who has reached a level you aspire to be at and pick their brain or grab a tip or two.”

The Basketball Jones should be the successful prototype for anybody with a blog or podcast. It started out as a passion project by obsessive fans, who lived and breathed basketball, and after years of work, networking and plenty of hilarious viral videos, it is now The Score’s crown jewel, and also provides content to Grantland and occasionally to

While Canada’s sports media landscape has been reshaped through consolidation over the past two years, it’s down south where the really interesting online stuff is happening, and this conference brings many of those players to the city.

A few examples include USA Today buying Big Lead Sports and Quickish, a sports aggregator, so that company is clearly betting on online sports as part of its revamp. SB Nation has scooping up talent from other outlets and recently relaunched its website. Turner bought Bleacher Report in August for $200 million.

Blogs With Balls 5 has an impressive guest list that includes Jim Bankoff, CEO of Vox/SB Nation, ESPN personalities Jemele Hill and Michael Smith, SB Nation’s Amy K. Nelson (who was formerly with ESPN and co-wrote the “Are the Jays Stealing Signs” magazine story last year) and interesting writers like Lang Whitaker (SLAM/GQ), Deadspin’s Barry Petchesky and plenty more.

It’s interesting timing for The Score, which recently sold its television business to Rogers but will continue to focus on its app business and keeping its popular blogs, including TBJ and Drunk Jays Fans.

“There’s a very big sports blogging culture in Toronto and we thought it would be an interesting event to work with,” Jonathan Savage, The Score’s vice-president of marketing and social media, says of Blogs with Balls 5. “Our digital business being North American-focused, we thought it would great to associate ourselves with some emerging sports brands in the U.S.”

It’s clear the online world has mostly moved beyond the stereotype of the blogger in his basement, and these days, as soon as you get some kind of readership, you’re more likely to get scooped up by an established organization, similar to a record label signing an independent band.

Of course, that’s the basis of one of the big questions that Skeets wants to talk about with his contemporaries.

“I think it’s always interesting to chat about where it’s sort of going, and what’s next. Three years ago it was, ‘Can we actually make a living out of this? Will this stick around? Will blogs exist and will people pay for this?’ And now we know that it will,” he says.

“So what’s next? Is it these massive hubs like SB Nation? Is it impossible now to make it if you have your own single site? Just in terms of can it create enough revenue with ads and stuff, or will you have to be snatched up by one of these big companies?”

With panels covering everything from whether digital channels can challenge mainstream networks, a look at emerging digital initiatives, an NFL roundtable and the state of the hockey media (made all the more interesting with no hockey in sight), there’s something for every kind of web sports nerd out there.

For more information, check out If you can’t make it — or balk at the $225 ticket price — Savage says the conference will be streamed online and there will likely be some Google Hangouts around some of the events.

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Some of the smartest minds in digital sports media will descend on Toronto in October as the city plays host to the fifth annual Blogs with Balls conference.

One of the leading sports digital media events in the world, Blogs with Balls will take place at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on King Street West from October 5 to 6.

It is the first time the conference has been held outside the U.S. and you can tell based on the subject of one of their panel discussions – Puck That: State of the Hockey Media.

Confirmed speakers include: Jim DeLorenzo, VP and GM of Sports; Jim Bankoff, CEO of Vox/SB Nation and Greg Wyshynksi from Yahoo! Sports.

The Blogs with Balls conference is in partnership with Score Media and tickets are available online.

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