There are no fans of anything in the world as passionate as sports fans. Yeah sure, you could talk about music fans or movie fans, but no, sorry, sports fans are the most passionate of them all. Thanks to the irruption of technology in the world, especially in the field of mobile devices, sports fans have rejoiced with the idea of having premier access to their favorite teams’ information and news as well as being able to bet online on their teams events at the click of a button or swipe of the screen.
It’s not hard to understand that sports fans live and breathe for their favorite teams and athletes. So with that said, how have mobile apps helped improve the sports experience for fans?
Forget Traditional Media Outlets, Apps Rule The Scene Now
Let’s say that you’re an avid NBA, NFL or MLB fan, one of those people who wakes up and the first thing that they need to do is checkup on their favorite teams and players. Before, in the days prior to mobile apps being the blessing they are for sports fans, one would have had to rely on traditional news media outlets like TV shows and reports as well as newspapers and magazines to be able to learn about what was going on with their favorite squads and athletes. But those days are now almost gone all together.
Thanks to the exposure that mobile apps offer the sports industry, now fans are able to have live information on what’s going on at that instant regarding their favorite leagues, teams and stars. All of the biggest sporting leagues have jumped on to the app train by having their own apps in which fans can designate their favorite team or teams to receive the latest news on them as well as alerts on when their games are about to start, stats sheets and everything else in between. Basically, fans don’t have to wait to be in front of the TV or a radio to be able to be on the ball of what’s going on. With phones and tablets giving out all the facilities available, there’s no real need for traditional media outlets anymore.
Fan Engagement Has Become Key For Success
Sports teams and leagues have come to understand that in order to thrive in today’s world, being able to form engaging and long lasting relationships with their fans has become a must. While before teams would basically rely on a fans love for them to uphold the relationship between both parties, fans nowadays have come to understand that it’s them that make teams what they are, not just the athletes. Teams and leagues have come up with apps in which fans can form stronger relationships with their counterparts, all this leading to more loyal followings as well as more revenue movement coming in from the sales of team’s official merchandise as well as event tickets and even streaming services.
Sports fans have never been ones to shy away from spending an extra dollar or an extra hundred dollars to rep for their favorite teams and athletes but they have come to realize that this relationship needs to be a two-way street. Fans will give teams and athletes however much they want as long as the teams and athletes are doing the same for them. By allowing fans to feel like they are a part of the organization they love, through apps in which they can take part of decision makings for the team, attend online events with their favorite athletes and coaches and even be mentioned on social media or anything along those lines, teams are banking in on giving their loyal fans what they desire most, to feel like they’re a part of the team.
Mobile Betting Is The Next Big Step
Ask any true sports fan if they’ve never put up a couple of dollars here and there on their favorite teams’ game. The answer will probably be that they have. With the legalization across the US of online sports betting, the time is coming for mobile sports betting to be the next big thing in the market. Some of the major mobile sports apps are already offering tips and stats on the best odds and lines for every single sporting event going on, so it only feels natural for online betting platforms to jump into the app craze sooner rather than later.
If these platforms can offer fans the same commodities they are accustomed to offering on a daily basis but with the facility of everything being able to be done from their favorite mobile device, then there will be no stopping the growth of an industry already taking huge strides towards the future.