The four-letter network as it is known has launched the latest version of its ESPN Sportscenter app. The free universal app requires iOS 7.0 or later and comes with plenty of new features including one that is long overdue. You need to have an ESPN account and will be asked to sign in to the app or register if you don't already have an account. Your normal ESPN.com account works with the app and if you need an account there is no charge.
ESPN Sportscenter offers scores, live scoring updates, news from your favorite sports or favorite team, video highlights, access to ESPN Radio programming, personalized alerts with numerous option, analysis, and access to live TV programming through the Watch ESPN app, more on that in a minute.
Among the new features is one that allows you to designate your favorite teams in every sport and have those scores grouped at the top of Sportscenter Scores. This can be a valuable feature now with major league baseball in its pennant races, the start of the college and professional football season, soccer in full swing around the world, and golf and Nascar entering their final stages. It saves the user from having to look through dozens of scores to find the ones for his favorite teams. However this should have been available some time ago. I have been using the same feature in two other score and news apps for quite a while. But it is a welcome addition if you use this app.
ESPN has improved its games pages for both the NFL and NCAA football games. The pages offer a complete breakdown of statistics, both team and individual players, scoring summaries, video highlights, and live drive charts so you can follow the game on your iPhone or iPad.
The updated app gives the user access to live ESPN programming, both radio and television. Radio works with a simple click and if your speakers are turned up you are ready to go. To get live television programming, ESPN Sportscenter accesses programs through the Watch ESPN app, also a universal app and a free download. However to see live programming your home cable or satellite provider must have an agreement with ESPN. Bad news if you are a DirecTV subscriber, but most of the other major providers are included such as DISH Networks, Cox Cable, Time Warner, AT&T U-Verse, Charter, and Comcast along with hundreds of smaller cable operators. The programming choices are many with live tennis, college football, basketball, and auto racing.
So just like the live broadcasts, ESPN Sportscenter, the app, covers sports from just about every angle with live updates and live programming too.