Yahoo! Sports

LQ: 8.4


Brain grade: 8.2
Fun score: 8.6

Platform/Console: , , , LWK Recommended Age: 6+ Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used:

Yahoo! Sports is a free mobile sporting news app. It’s like opening the daily newspaper to a robust sports section every day — only with more up-to-the-minute updates. Users can follow their favorite teams, getting personalized statistics, standings, and stories pushed to their devices. Users can see what stories are trending from the world of professional athletics with reports on over 25 different sports. Yahoo! Sports helps users keep current with the success of “their team,” while providing access to great news stories from the Yahoo! reporting team. The app is similar to ESPN ScoreCenter in its presentation, interface, and general aesthetic. It’s easy to use, and once users choose their favorite teams, they can get great coverage on all the happenings in the sporting world. There is no inappropriate content in Yahoo! Sports, and it is recommended for children ages 6 and older.

this app is good for kids who need help with:


Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings.

Because users have the ability to make Yahoo! Sports such a highly personalized app, they are are to get a clearer perception of their individual sporting interests. As soon as the app is opened, users are prompted to choose their favorite teams. They can pick as many as they want -- but must realize that all of the news regarding each team will be pushed directly to the mobile device or app. With the app's reminder and alert system, users can receive customized live in-game scenarios and scoring situations, allowing for personalized team and player updates. Users also "favorite" editorials and reports they find particularly interesting. Enough favorites will create a "trending" story -- a highly popular article. Users can get a better sense of the social climate of the sporting world simply by reading trending stories.


Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.

There is a wealth of content on the Yahoo! Sports app. With coverage of over 25 sports, and player profiles on each athlete, users have a host of data at their disposal. Users should not restrict their app use to one team -- or even one sport. They should explore the app, discovering new sports, new players, broadening their sporting team palate, while becoming more acutely aware fans. The "picks tracker" feature allows users to pick who they think will win a particular game. All users' picks are totaled and they will receive one point if they are correct and lose one if they pick the losing team. By exploring more teams and sports users can accumulate more points. Eventually they will be able to make more educated pre-game predictions as they will have learned from mistakes made in the past, like not looking to see who is pitching before choosing a winner for a baseball game.


Users who are interested in more than the statistical side of their favorite sports should peruse the "news" section of the app. Available are top stories from renowned national and international news sources. When users read about subjects that interest them, they are more likely to develop a positive association with the activity. Most news stories -- even those in the New York Times, write at or below an eight grade level. The writing is clear and accessible, an important factor for younger users. The Yahoo! Sports news section will help users get excited about reading, pushing them to explore the subject further.

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