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It's football season! These second-screen apps make NFL games even more fun to watch

Michael Ansaldo | Sept. 8, 2015
Bringing you everything from stats to game-time snacks, these apps are as indispensable as your TV remote.

Essentially, SportsYapper creates chat rooms around specific teams and live games where you can hang out and “yapp” with other fans. You get 300 characters to comment, which should be plenty to express your joy over your team’s last-second win or to debate a ref’s controversial call. When you have a meeting of the minds with another fan, you can give them a “high five,” the SportsYapper equivalent of a Facebook “like.”

Beyond sports chatter, the free app lets you upload and search photos of game gatherings, and it will alert you when a game is about to start or when a friend logs in.

(iOS and Android)

ESPN Fantasy Football

If you’re an ESPN fantasy football owner, you have more than bragging right on the line with each game. The ESPN Fantasy Football app provides every tool you need to stay on top of your squad all season long.

This free app gives you full access to your ESPN fantasy team, letting you start, bench, add, drop, trade, and waive players and otherwise manage your roster in the lead-up to game day. It also provides the most comprehensive collection of stats and analysis you’ll find outside of an NFL war room.

While you’re glued to the tube during games, Fantasycast keeps you updated on all your fantasy players’ scoring in real time, while push notifications alert you to injuries, trades, and other player news.

Even if you’ve never stepped foot on a football field, this app could make you the Bill Belichick of your office league.

(iOS, Android)

NFL Homegating

Tailgating is as much a fixture of football as cheerleaders and halftime shows. But you shouldn’t have to miss the fun just because you can’t make the game. Fortunately, this app helps you bring the party from the parking lot to your living room.

nfl homegating
Plan and manage your game-day parties and meals with NFL Homegating.

Like Martha Stewart in a Jets jersey, NFL Homegating offers everything you need to plan your game-day festivities. Just add your favorite team and select a game from their schedule and you’re prompted to create an invite, select recipes, and assemble a shopping list. The recipes, which were created by such renowned chefs as Marc Payero and Josiah Citrin, put a gourmet spin on game-time favorites and are divided into categories such as Sideline Snacks and Touchdown Entrees.The app also provides a selection of cooking and party tip videos and social media features so can share favorite recipes.

While the focus is on food, this app also keeps track of RSVPs and lets you add party pictures and videos. Extra point: It collects game highlights in case you were too busy entertaining to watch the game.

(iOS, Android)

 

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