In honor of the Apple announcement of the iPad 3 or The New iPad or iPad: The Next Generation or whatever they’re calling it, I’m going to list some of my favorite iPad sports apps.

ESPN ScoreCenter XLFree – ScoreCenter is one of the many apps that can get you the latest scores and news, but what I like about this app is the favorite teams functionality. When you start the app, you get the days games and news/video front and center for your favorite teams. Other sports/teams news crawls the ticker at the bottom, and you can just touch that to open the full story. All in all, I think ScoreCenter does a pretty good job of getting me the info I want pretty easily.

ScoreCenter Screencap

Here you can see the main layout with a few favorite teams added

ESPN iScore$9.99 – Ever wish you local beer-league softball club had readily available stats? Want to show off to all your work buddies because your daughter’s OPS is better than their son’s? ESPN’s iScore apps does all this and more. At its heart it’s a scorekeeper so the basic functionality is to track players and the game. On top of that it adds statistical analysis, live game broadcasting (to twitter and/or to a GameCenter like web app), and even a website to publish all the results. It’s available for baseball, football, and basketball.

ESPN iScore Baseball Scorekeeper

A triple down the like for Test Test. Mr. Test is a beast in this league.

MLB AtBat 2012freemium – Major League Baseball’s app continues to stand out for giving fans a great product. This year they’ve combined the free and paid versions to a freemium version. That way you only have to buy it once for both your iPhone and iPad – or you can just hook it up to your mlb.tv subscription and your ready to watch games on the go. Free version has scores and some game tracking, but paying will get you game audio and video highlights.

MLS MatchDay 2012freemium – Similar to MLB’s app, Major League Soccer’s app offers live game stats, tracking and video. Alerts for your favorite team are nice. Also you can track MLS clubs in outside tournaments like the CONCACAF Champions League happening right now.

Pennant$4.99 – Pennant offers a pretty and fun way to traverse baseball data from every game from 1952 – 2010. All the play-by-play and data you don’t actually need to know is right there at your fingertips. Who was batting leadoff on the day (or closest day to when) you were born? For me in Boston it was Jerry Remy and Eckersly was on the mound. Thanks Pennant – $5 well spent.

Pennant Screen

A balk!? I didn't know those even existed in 1962!

That’s all for now. Let me know if I need to run out and pick up any cool sports apps that I’m missing.

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