ESPN: Live Sports & Scores


Price Category Version Released Last Updated Size Compatibility Age
Free Sports 6.0.2 Jun 02, 2009 Apr 23, 2018 140.8 MB iOS 10.0 or later 4+
New in version 6.0.2

[+] Introducing ESPN+: Stream thousands of live sports events (including NHL, MLB, MLS, NCAA, golf, boxing, tennis, rugby and more), original shows or binge watch the entire 30 for 30 library. Get started in the new Watch tab.
[+] Home Tab: Home will display content such as highlights and scores from everything you care about. Throughout the day it will dynamically change based on what you need to know, breaking news and if your teams are playing right now!
[+] New Look & Feel: We redesigned the app to be the best place to stream live games, watch highlights and to get breaking news. It’s faster, easier to use and built around you.


Stream live games, check the latest scores or watch the best highlights with the best brand in sports: ESPN. Pick your favorite teams and leagues to get started.

Highlights and scores from what you care about. Your feed will dynamically change based on what you need to know. From news about your favorite sports or favorite team playing right now, the home tab has you covered.

Fast access to scores for your favorite teams and leagues. We curate the top games of the day so you can keep up on the NBA playoffs or the MLB's latest rivalries. Want more scores from a particular team or league? Just add it as a favorite!

Stream events on ESPN networks, including MLB, NFL, College Football, NBA, College Basketball games and more. Watch on-demand shows like Get Up! or First Take. Subscribe to ESPN+ for access to thousands of events; Binge on great documentaries such as O.J. Made in America plus get access to exclusive shows like Details, featuring Kobe Bryant's inside perspective on the NBA.

Subscribe to your favorite ESPN Podcasts like the Lowe Post, or listen live to ESPN Radio.

Live Streaming with ESPN+:
Subscribe to ESPN+ for thousands of live events. Get games from around the sports world, both live and on-demand, along with access to ESPN's best films and new exclusive shows. Watch anywhere, on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV.

Live Streaming with your TV provider:
ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, SEC Network, SEC Network Plus, ESPNews ESPN Deportes, and Longhorn Network are all available to stream live in the ESPN App. Access to live video is determined by your TV provider and package and, in some instances, your Internet service provider.
*Due to contractual limitations with certain content, especially play-by-play broadcasts, there are times when the schedule that's on-air won't match the schedule that's online. If you have specific schedule questions, please contact the station directly by visiting their website.

ESPN+ Subscription Terms
-Access ESPN+ for $4.99 monthly, or $49.99 annually. You will automatically be billed for the full amount of your subscription every 30 days if you purchase a monthly subscription, or every 365 days if you purchase an annual subscription.
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It’s like Espn doesn’t know what ppl use their app for
Bologna salad on 5/22/2018
Too slow. Hard to navigate. Way too much useless information.
Latest update is slow to load
Bee Double Ewe on 5/22/2018
It takes five seconds for content to show up when I open the app on my iPhone X. Much slower than the old design. I’d also prefer for it to load straight to the scores and schedules of my favorite teams, not the main headlines page that it does currently.
Amyalkl on 5/22/2018
It takes forever for stuff to come trough wish it worked after maybey try updating it like everything else and it probably won’t run so slow
Ruined a Great App! Why?!?!
mbrwski on 5/22/2018
This used to be a great app. Redesign has ruined it. Slow. Non intuitive. Crashes. Disorganized. Please fix!! I never write reviews unless it’s really really really bad. If you have a good app, why change unless you have something at least equivalent or better to replace it with????
Way Too Many Annoying Videos
David Ramsey on 5/22/2018
I get it, it’s a free site and app. But ESPN is among the worst in forcing you to watch 30 seconds of pure junk that you have no interest in to see a short clip of action. I’ve gotten to the point that I so dislike the advertisers that make me watch their inane videos that if I were in a store I would avoid their merchandise.
Dkidd87 on 5/21/2018
Glitchy and awkward. I use other sports apps whenever possible.
Love having s place to find out what happening
Bylion1 on 5/21/2018
Disappointed that my favorites no longer are there when I open the app
This stinks
Picasso111111 on 5/21/2018
This stinks
😻💦🏀💍 on 5/21/2018
Always crashes when I try and watch the game. Or it will pause for about 3 mins before it starts up again
Your mom
gshsud on 5/21/2018
This is the best app ever lol
Good coverage but horrible service
frustrated game watcher on 5/21/2018
This app is so horrible. I only go to the app to watch NBA games. When I first got the app some months ago, I would praise it cuz of the clarity and also there’s no ad before you actually start watching the game and you can do picture in picture. Idk what it is but now, but streaming is horrible. It blurs out every 4 mins, the sound sometimes stops, it literally stops playing video but the sound would keep going, forcing me to miss plays and sometimes big plays. It would start playing again on its own but most times I have to close out the screen entirely and have to start it up again. Maybe because it’s playoff season and there are lots of people using the app to watch the game, but this doesn’t happen with any other sports app I have. I honk there needs to be some bug fixes or something. It’s so annoying especially since it’s the playoffs
Chromecast support seems broken
schwarztech on 5/21/2018
Ever since the redesign, casting from the app hasn't worked across multiple iOS devices and multiple Chromecasts - everything gives a not authorized error, despite even trying it with two different TV providers. The other aspects of the app seem nice, as does the Apple TV app, but this seems like an oversight if it is, in fact, a bug.
Steaming live is inconsistent
TimeCold on 5/21/2018
This app is terrible with streaming live. if it comes down to live sports i rather listen to the radio. it’s slow, not up to date to real time and the quality is terrible. it freezes all the time. i don’t mind the long load screens but at least make it run smooth after that
Links never work
Jibberish1738 on 5/21/2018
I’m very upset with the app quality. Every time I click notifications expecting to go to the video that it was telling me about, the app takes me to the ESPN homepage instead and it’s impossible to find the notification that I clicked on because it’s disappeared. I love getting the top 10 notifications but it’s frustrating when you can’t click on the video and actually see it.
Worst app
Slicky9 on 5/21/2018
I do not like the current version of this app. Previous updates were better. Terribly organized.
Slow app
mkambiz on 5/21/2018
WAY TOO MANY VIDEOS all over the interface, app is sluggish now.
So difficult to navigate
Feeder348 on 5/20/2018
There needs to be a better way to find sporting events within this app. The live tab has no categorization and once you search on the calendar I can never find any event whatsoever.... How do people find the things they want to watch here?? The design is so counterintuitive.
Pettiest app/company
beans419 on 5/20/2018
Espn is so petty. If they aren’t covering the sporting expect 0 alerts. If it happens to be on their family of channels they’ll beat it like a drum. Horrible app.
hectoe caterpillar on 5/20/2018
Thanks for permite me see the game could afourf to pay to see it
Just wanted to watch replays
Louis John the 2nd on 5/20/2018
Finding replays to watch was difficult. Finding replays to watch without the scores being spoiled was even more difficult. This app seems good if you want to watch live events or know the news and scores of past events. Not what I had hoped for. On the plus side, the app was very smooth and seemed to work very well. 3 stars for being good at what it does but not meeting my expectations.
Rip off
JTK6 on 5/20/2018
I use this app solely to watch rugby which I did happily on Watch ESPN via my cable subscription. Then ESPN introduced this app and forced me to pay. The app is much inferior, it is difficult to locate Super Rugby games with out spoilers, it frequently crashes and many of the games don’t even exist on-demand. This weekend I failed to find the games involving New Zealand teams. Pretty disappointed all round.
Frustrating Experience
finian1108 on 5/19/2018
For every of the three or four efforts I made to watch MLS matches through this app on my TV, I had to request customer service — each time the issue preventing streaming was unique. Time lost; games not watched. I don’t go out of my way to complain and do so only when something promised is egregiously bad. This is that instance: Avoid ESPN + at all cost.
Nice When It Works
-David027- on 5/19/2018
Update #2: As promised I have changed my review to a 4 star. There wasn’t an update for 3 weeks it looks like but it allowed me to use Spectrum to watch the Cavs game. Only left the 5th star off because of how long it wasn’t working and streaming quality. Like I said before, it might’ve been a Spectrum issue, but the streaming issue would still be on the ESPN end. Overall much better and I haven’t had the lagging or freezing or audio cutting out. Just the quality doesn’t get up to full HD and stay that way. If you could fix this last thing, 5th star coming your way. Very happy that I can watch it now though! Update-tvOS App: App is mildly improved on the Apple TV. HOWEVER it is really of no use to me at the moment. Trying to watch the Cavs and Pacers game and it is saying that it’s not part of my TV package...only except that it IS. It’s working on my iPhone though so it must be on the Apple TV only. In case someone actually reads this, when I click on my tv provider (Spectrum) it entirely skips the part where I log in and I think that is the issue. I think it’s seeing “Yes you have TV” and that’s it. So it doesn’t pull the credentials of my login. It’s frustrating that this always happens during the games I want to watch. How much money is your company worth? I use an app that is developed by TWO people and it works flawlessly. I’m sure you have more money than them. Please fix it or consider me another customer you’ll lose. Original Review-tvOS App: It would be nice if I could watch my sporting events without the audio and video pausing separately and collectively at several points. Seems to happen every few minutes. Tried logging in and out, closing the app, uninstalling and reinstalling and nothing helps. Constantly freezes. Then when it FINALLY is working, it works by showing my event in grainy, sub-standard definition resolution. My internet speed is 60mbps so there's no problem with that. I can stream 4K titles without any issue. It appears on my router (which shows instant throughput) that it isn't always pulling data which might be the reason for the hiccups. iOS App: Same issues with the tvOS app when it comes to streaming. Notification links don't take me to the right notification. Often times the app just closes without warning and reason. I believe with the amount of money you are charging us and the amount of money you make through advertisements and partnerships, you could make apps that work properly. But then, this is why your profits are shrinking and you are clearing expenses by cutting your staff. Please fix these apps. I would LOVE to be able to give you a 5 star review. I actually just knocked it down to a 1 star because now my stream for the Ohio State game is unwatchable.
Worst app ever
itsrolin on 5/19/2018
I saw when ESPN first start charging 4.99 for the app saying you can watch sports threw our app making it look like you don’t have to have a tv provider which nobody does everything is stream y’all are limiting yourself to your actual customer base cause of that rendering this app use cause everyone will always use their web browser for ESPN not the the app especially if I can’t watch espn on it duh what am I paying for nothing literally this app and subscription is a scam almost except for Apple allows it so there you go ZERO STAR APP FOR SURE!!!!!
Fix your app
DavidHemmert on 5/19/2018
I use this to watch the NBA finals and it is constantly crashing and freezing. We need a competitor so we can watch games on another channel
Banta86 on 5/19/2018
Love the app. Baseball is the best setup. Wish had s play by play hockey one a matte black option would be great so it didn’t kill my phone as fast that’s all 👍🏻
App Doesn’t Work
oscarandkitty on 5/19/2018
I downloaded this to watch the lacrosse playoffs and mid way through the game the app froze—couple reboots and redo loads later—and wouldn’t allow me to log back in for my 1-week free trial. I would say this is a big zero. I was hoping to use this subscription to watch World Cup, but now I am very disappointed and will look elsewhere unless... it gets fixed. This is my first negative review of an app. Usually I am the quiet person who abandons the app, that’s how frustrating this is.
Love it but something is wrong
soooooners! on 5/19/2018
I love this app and I LOVE the news I get from my favorite teams! However, why can I not add softball to my favorite sports?? It’s not even an option! Come on espn #youtoo??
Slow with ads everywhere
Dirtbike Dave on 5/19/2018
If you love ads then this app is for you...want to watch a 10 second sports clip? Great, just watch this 45 second ad first. Want to just load the app up quick to check a score? Great, it’s just going to take 2 minutes for the app to load because of all the ads. ESPN used to be the go to sports station now they sold out, there’s better options.
No television
tommy holland on 5/18/2018
I have charter and this week I am not receiving ESPN 1 or 2 What is going on? Charter has no idea they say. Tom
Great App
davin martin on 5/18/2018
I really wish we could watch live games without a provider but great app😊. Also I have a question why do we have to have a provider when watching a game??
Waa good — no longer. Apo is slow, bloated and cluttered with ads and video!
TomMarkel on 5/18/2018
The app was good for awhile and the content is great. Howver, the app is too bloated and slow as takes 8-10 secs just to load plus video is now everywhere and takes up to much space as do ads. Scrolling around even when hooked to wifi has visible delays and on cellular where connectively speed constantly changes it’s roll the dice. Its hard to find where my content is. I would much rather pay or subscribe to this app to remove ads and have option to remove or limited videos on startup pages. Apo is slow, bloated and cluttered with ads and video!
dsaliva on 5/18/2018
The EPSN+ subscription is a remarking of the free ESPN 3 service, which was an online stream from ESPN that played cricket and out of market college sports and sprinkled in an MLB game here and there. All they did was add 30 for 30 on demand and now they want to charge $5/month? You can’t watch Sportscenter or any of the other live shows that made ESPN what it is today. From the articles I’ve read, you won’t even be able to watch Monday Night Football. I won’t be subscribing until it is an all enxclusive streaming service.
Excited for the new UFC cards
RichardGwop on 5/18/2018
And new programming that is coming with it.. Along with the signing of Chael & Ariel that’s enough to make me sign up
Can’t customize app
edmayen on 5/16/2018
I’m running latest version of iOS 11 and I can’t customize the app based on my preferences. “Tap to add leagues” doesn’t do anything Im done choosing and go back and the page is blank as if I haven’t selected anything?
Worst sports app
Integrity32 on 5/16/2018
I used to enjoy this app and at first I though the slowness of it was my garbage home WiFi.. so I turned it off, still slow... went so work where we are on a Fiber line, connect and still takes decades to load. I just go to the website and will be deleting this garbage. This is 2018 there is no reason for an app to load this slow. I am on an iPhoneX and the app loads just as poorly on my iPad Pro. Y’all are gonna get fired by Disney.
Great improvement
Mfein10 on 5/16/2018
With the recent update, ESPN has taken a good app and made it great. It is really easy now to see the important scores and headlines quicker than before. The new layout balances the marquee games and your favorite teams really well. The update was a much needed jolt for this app, which was simply lacking something before. Also, I haven’t subscribed to ESPN+ yet (I don’t really do any paid subscriptions) but it seems like a good value. MLB At Bat subscription costs $25/month, and this only costs $5/month but includes all the MLB games and more. Not a good look for MLB! Overall, ESPN did a great job with the new update to cement this app as the best for sports.
Why bother with favs if ESPN just ignore?
Mjprime on 5/16/2018
No matter who I have as favs sets up I still get the Yankees score at the top of my app when I open it. I don’t have the NBA selected as a sport fave but do have MLB selected, yet I still have to scroll past a bunch of NBA stuff, scores and news to get to baseball. So now I know the home page is useless so I open MLB scores right away and then hunt down the list to find the team I have already set up as a favorite anywhere from 3rd to 7th in the list of games. I had already given up on Baseball tonight as unwatchable and now the app is useless as well if the favorites are ignored and just whatever ESPN thinks I should care about is highlighted.
Slow as molasses
newport2maui on 5/16/2018
This app keeps getting slower with each update. Please try to focus on performance vs. new features. Removing the video on launch will greatly improve the speed. Too much embedded web that it defeats the purpose of a native app. Might as well use the mobile browser.
Widget creep
DA on 5/16/2018
What happened to picking which scores you see in the widget? Now it’s a cluttered mess of scores from sports I don’t care about.
Everything Except Streaming is Great
Bearsman34 on 5/16/2018
ESPN, I have been all ESPN ever since I was old enough to care about sports. The writing and reporting is phenomenal, and I love to be the one in my family to break the biggest sports news. The app is great with notifications on your favorite teams and leagues as well as breaking sports news. The radio streaming and podcasts are great especially my favorites (Lebatard Show, Golic and Wingo, and 30 for 30). I will continue to use this app for all of those reasons. I do however wish you guys had full game highlights online, but I digress. The only bad thing I have to say is how god awful the streaming is. Tried to watch the ECF between cavs and Celtics and it lagged throughout the entire game when casting it to my chrome cast. It did the same just trying to watch on my phone and I have gigabit internet. I don’t know why that has always been an issue for ESPN. It has sucked since the first release of WatchESPN. PLEASE FIX THIS!!!! I’m begging you because the wife kicks me out of our tv room when I’m trying to watch the games! Thank you ESPN, and keep up the good work!
Send me to the story I clicked on
How to do it on 5/16/2018
When I open a notification for a breaking news story I expect it to take me there. Roughly 75% of the time it takes me to a completely different story. I just clicked on the Michigan State story and it took me to a random NBA draft article. This is not new, has always been the case. This app is trash.
Bring back the radio app
Huck urmeat on 5/15/2018
App is super-slow, crashes often, and they screwed up the layout on the last update. I used to listen to M’s games on the ESPN radio app, now the “listen” feature hardly ever works on this app. Barf.
Chihawksfan on 5/15/2018
No other app i have freezes or buffers as much as this one. Even if its the only thing using my homes Internet it still freezes. If i stream it from my cell provider... guess what. Yup it freezes and buffers. Half the game im stuck watching a still frame of something that happened 60 seconds ago. Then it jumps to current with horrible picture quality for 2-3 seconds. Finally catches up and displays a nice picture for 45-60 seconds and then we do it all again. Nothing i have done lets the app work properly. However the commercials stream perfectly....
Unable to link accounts
MesaTown on 5/15/2018
The app is pretty cool. The problem I had was linking my accounts. I bought the espn+ service through the Apple store and was unable to link it to my espn app. After calling espn multiple times, they were still unable to link my accounts, I ended up having to cancel my Apple subscription and going through the ESPN website. Basically, I was charged twice for signing up. Lame.
Do your Job
CJDbadMammaJamma on 5/15/2018
Thee only reason why people download this is to watch live games. Got the free week trial and still can’t watch the nba playoffs. App is useless.
No Bright House on 5/15/2018
The app is trash!!!! No matter which platform I watch it on: iPhone, iPad, Apple TV or PS4 it’s always buffering. I can never watch a full show or event. Why would I pay for the plus version when the free version doesn’t work properly. Only reason you’re gettin one star because no stars isn’t available
This app is so hit or miss.
Dane Go on 5/15/2018
This is one of the most glitchy apps that I have come across. I don’t have a problem with ESPN at all and I really enjoy their content. Sometimes live streams work well, but when the content freezes every couple of minutes and then won’t reload, it becomes extremely frustrating. All of my other streaming apps work flawlessly and I have an extremely fast internet connection, but the live streams are so hit and miss. I don’t understand why they don’t put some of their money to work and make the app and live streams actually function.
How is this rated over 4 stars?
BummedOUTgamer on 5/15/2018
Any app on a phone, smart TV or otherwise has constant lag on anything you watch. GOOD LUCK if you’re watching a game that is somewhat high in demand. I don’t understand, I have all of the “latest greatest” in technology, but it seems like ESPN hasn’t gotten this app right for years. Gets two stars bc when it works, it’s great... but it rarely works consistently. Sorry guys! No love lost, just bummed by this app!
oakny on 5/15/2018
Worst app ever! U can not watch nba finals after paid! Garbage!
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