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Facebook wants Sports Stadium to host your big game chatter

Facebook's new sportsball hub for iPhone is an attempt to keep game info in order.

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Just in time for Super Bowl 50, Facebook is launching a new feature aimed squarely at sports fans called Sports Stadium. While most of us are already watching the game with one eye on our social networks, Facebook's bid to overtake Twitter (which is busy pushing Moments as a way to keep up with events as they happen) combines live scores, stats and play-by-play info. It also splits up the chatter, with different views dividing the updates coming in from your friends and those posted by notable experts (if they're such experts, then why haven't they won your fantasy league three years in a row, hmm?).

Facebook Sports Stadium
Facebook Sports Stadium

Today we're launching the Facebook Sports Stadium, a dedicated place to experience sports in real-time with your friends and the world. Check out our product announcement here: http://newsroom.fb.com/news/2016/01/facebook-sports-stadium With 650 million sports fans, Facebook is the world's largest stadium. People already turn to Facebook to celebrate, commiserate, and talk trash with their friends and other fans.Now we've built a place devoted to sports so you can get the feeling you're watching the game with your friends even when you aren't together.

Posted by Sports on Facebook on Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Any videos uploaded for the game will pop up in the Matchup tab, but at launch it's all pretty limited, available only on iPhones that are in the US for people watching American football. Additional platforms, as well as other sports (soccer and basketball) are supposed to get the feature soon, but you can take a peek at this video to see how it all works. When it's live, you'll apparently be able to access it just by searching for the game, so try and remember that between the side bets, halftime commercials and everything else.

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