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New App Aggregates Sports News From Social Channels

More Americans are getting their news from social media channels, and sports news is no exception. Indeed the only problem is that there may simply be too many social platforms delivering sports content for even ardent fans to keep up with it all.

On that note, Sprylogics has launched a new app, Breaking Sports, that allows sports fans and fantasy players to see sports news aggregated from all their favorite social media channels, conveniently collected in one virtual spot.

After downloading the free app, which requires iOS 7 or higher, sports fans identify which teams they want to follow from major American sports leagues like the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL, then receive automatic updates from a wide range of social media sites, via push notifications.

Drawing on reports from news conferences and social feeds from players and sports reporters, Breaking Sports’ content includes game previews, rumors, statistics, and live updated scores and injury reports during games.

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Sports and social media are a natural match, and Breaking Sports is just the latest in a series of new digital products combining the two. These include BreatheSport, a mobile platform with a broadcast-style area called the “lockerroom,” where players and pundits can post their responses to breaking news and live events, and a more social area, the “fan zone,” where fans and players can interact with each other.

Another new sports-focused social network, Fancred, allows fans to share memorable moments from sporting events via pictures, gifs, and text. Fans can also follow their team’s feeds, check into venues, plan social TV watching, and post articles for their own followers to read.

Yet another new social network for sports fans, Sportlobster, includes a “fanzones” section with game scores and blogs from teams, players, and pundits. Users can also write blogs and compete for top spots on the Sportlobster lederboard by making predictions about matches, sometimes with the chance to win prizes as well.

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