Sports News, Stats and Analysis

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This guide will show you the best sources for news, analysis, blogs, fantasy games, tickets, equipment and playing tips. For more in-depth sports coverage, see one of our sport-specific guides in the right hand menu.

Sports News, Stats and Analysis

The Web makes it easy to stay on top of the sports world’s most significant games, players and storylines. The top sports sites provide news, scores, stats and standings, plus analysis and commentary to provide perspective. There are also multimedia features like photos, audio, video and live game-trackers.

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  • For a local spin on the world of sports, newspapers still can’t be beat. Newspaper writers focus their attention on only a few teams and have a familiarity with them that national writers can’t match. Find newspapers using the Newspapers24.com directory, or check out the Pro Sports Daily, Sports Spyder and The Daily Fix below, which cull their favorite newspaper articles from across the country.

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Sports Blogs

Sports blogs offer you a unique, unabridged perspective on players, teams and games. Well-written sports blogs not only offer quality analysis, but often provide humorous commentary on the often absurd world of professional sports.

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  • Use blogrolls, a list of links to recommended blogs usually located in a side menu, to find other blogs covering similar topics.
  • Many mainstream writers have their own blog, which are usually just snippets of their usual writing that were too short to form a whole article. These can be found on the same site as their usual articles. There are other mainstream writers who have blogs that are seperate from the usual work, the best of which are listed below.

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Fantasy Sports

If you catch yourself muttering, "Man, they should have traded that bum ages ago!" all too frequently, you may be well suited for the world of fantasy sports. In a fantasy game, you, the manager, draft, trade, and sign players for your team and compete with other teams based on your players' real-world statistics.

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  • When signing up for fantasy sports you have a number of options. You can choose to create leagues from scratch and limit entry to friends of your choice, join pay leagues for advanced features and functionality, join public leagues, join pay leagues and compete for cash prizes, and more.
  • Sports simulation games work differently from a typical fantasy game in that they depend entirely on how a player has performed and not how his is going to perform.
  • The official Web sites of professional leagues often offer fantasy games, though they usually lack the depth and sophistication of fantasy-specific sites.

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Buying Sports Tickets

Buying tickets to sporting events online is quick, convenient, and safe. This means no more lines at the box office or drawn-out calls to ticketing agencies. This section contains links to the most trustworthy online ticket brokers.

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  • Ticketmaster is the official ticket provider for the NBA, MLB, NFL, and NHL. If you wish to buy directly from a team or league site, you'll end up paying exorbitant Ticketmaster fees.
  • The ticket prices for individual events can vary greatly from site to site, so shop around before making any buys.
  • Because most tickets are nonrefundable, there's a vibrant market for ticket resale. Many teams have begun operating their own resale marketplaces. Check their individual Web sites for official team ticketing resources.
  • If you absolutely must have tickets to a sold-out event, online ticket brokers can be a useful, if expensive, option. However, it's important to be aware that not all ticket brokers are operating legally; we've included some of the most trustworthy in our picks below.

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Coaching and Improving at Sports

If you mistakenly thought that The Bad News Bears was a documentary about your team, you
could probably benefit from what the Web has to offer. These sites provide playing advice, drills, strategy and other tips for improving as a coach or player.

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  • Most sites use some combination of text-based tutorials, diagrams, animations, and videos to outline plays, formations, and drills for various sports.

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Buying Equipment and Team Apparel

If you're not sponsored or haven't signed that prestigious endorsement deal yet, you'll need to buy your own equipment. So whether you want to train like a pro, look like a pro or (less likely) play like a pro, you can use the following sites to get geared up.

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  • The online versions of your favorite stores often stock a significantly larger variety of goods than their physical counterparts. Since many offer options for free shipping, shopping for sports equipment on the Web can be both time- and cost-efficient.
  • To buy official team apparel, consider checking out the "shop" areas on the appropriate team or league Web sites.

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Sports Memorabilia

As the focal point of a game room, a historical artifact, a piece of art, or a souvenir to mark a memorable season or moment, sports memorabilia can have great significance to its buyers. This section links to the most trustworthy memorabilia sites, so you can be sure that you're buying an authentic item.

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  • There has been a lot of concern in recent years about rampant fraud in the online sports memorabilia business. Auction sites like eBay have made it increasingly easy for people to pass off fake items as the real thing. A 2006 story by Armen Keteyian for Hall of Fame Magazine details the problem.
  • Take great care when buying memorabilia online to verify the credibility of your sources. Always evaluate their authenticity policies, and if there's ever a question, attempt to learn more by researching the company or distributor.
  • Official league and team Web sites have shops (and, in many cases, auctions) where you can find authentic memorabilia. Links to such pages can be found in the navigation bars on the respective league's homepage. For more information on league sites, check the "Finding Player, Team and League Information" section in this guide.
  • The major online price guides have features that, for a fee, allow you to catalog your collection online and update its value automatically.

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