Nebraska may not have a headliner professional sports team, but the Cornhusker State doesn’t lack enthusiasm for athletics. Whether you’re just checking out the sports scene or want to more closely follow your favorite team, it all starts with a solid TV provider. Don’t miss out on your team’s action because you were hoping they’d be on network TV. If you’re on the go, make sure you have reliable cell phone service and an app to follow your team.
Below we check out Nebraska’s most popular sports teams and give you a guide on the top five smartphone apps to use to watch your fave team anytime, anywhere.
No team is more closely associated with Nebraska sports than the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Cornhuskers football program. The Huskers are the fifth most winningest program in college football, claiming five national championships, and have fielded three Heisman Trophy winners. The team plays at Memorial Stadium, also known as the “third-largest city in Nebraska.” Game-day crowds exceed 80,000 people, larger than all Nebraskan cities except Lincoln and Omaha. No matter the winning (or losing) streak, the Huskers still sell out every home game and have done so since 1962. The current head coach is Nebraska alumnus Scott Frost, who joined the squad after leading UCF to an undefeated season in 2017.
While Lincoln may hold the more famous of the public universities in Nebraska, the University of Nebraska Omaha Mavericks are also exceptional athletes. In particular, the men’s ice hockey team has made three appearances in the national tournament in the past few years. In 2015, the Mavericks made it all the way to the tournament semi-finals, also known as the Frozen Four, before falling to eventual champion Providence. The team is coached by Mike Gabinet and play games in Baxter Arena on the University of Nebraska Omaha campus.
When it comes to men’s basketball, the Bluejays of Creighton University rule the state of Nebraska. Situated in Omaha, the private university’s team makes regular appearances in the NCAA and NIT tournaments despite boasting a total student population of under 9,000. Greg McDermott became the head coach of the Bluejays in 2010 and has lead the team to post-season tournaments every year except 2015. The Creighton men’s basketball team has produced 36 All-Americans, including Doug McDermott, son of the head coach. Doug currently plays small forward in the NBA for the Pacers.
Challenging the football team in both success and popularity is the University of Nebraska–Lincoln women’s volleyball team. These Cornhuskers also boast five national championships, including two as recently as 2015 and 2017. The team is so popular that it has turned a profit every year since 2013, which is almost unheard of in college sports aside from football and men’s basketball. They too have a streak of sold-out home matches that is the longest in NCAA women’s sports. John Cook has skippered the Huskers since 2000 and is responsible for four of the five national championships.
Now that you know who to cheer for, you need to know how to follow them. Here are five outstanding apps for tracking and watching your favorite teams.
The original sports network also created one of the most popular sports apps in North America. It allows you to pick your favorite teams, such as the Cornhuskers or Mavericks. ESPN will show you scores from your team’s games and highlight articles written about your squad. It can send you alerts about the University of Nebraska–Lincoln women’s volleyball team when you’re not able to watch the matches on TV. There’s also a streaming service that lets you watch ESPN broadcasts for a small monthly fee.
This live TV app is excellent for keeping up with and watching Nebraska sports. Many local news and sports channels are included in various DirecTV packages depending on your exact location. You can add-on premium sports channels, such as ESPN or Fox Sports, for a small additional fee. In addition to your smartphone, DirecTV Now works with other smart devices, such as Apple TV, Roku, Google Chromecast, and Samsung Smart TV. This is a great choice for fans who cannot miss a single game.
Thuuz is an app whose high quality has, unfortunately, not been matched with a high download rate. Like many sports apps, it features scores and highlights from games in football, basketball, hockey, baseball, tennis, cricket, rugby, and golf. What makes Thuuz unique is the company’s belief that true sports fans want to prioritize to get the best content. It ranks its games by excitement, showing you quality matchups and even warning you when the Cornhuskers are going into overtime.
Yahoo Sports has many of the same features that other apps on this list provide: it shows you scores and schedules for your favorite teams, as well as certain select games on live stream. Where Yahoo sets itself apart is the sheer volume of information available to users. Yahoo sportswriters fill the app with content regarding trades, rumors, updates, and breaking news. It can be a little overwhelming when you just want to see how many minutes are left in Creighton’s game. On the other hand, this is the perfect app for fanatics looking for every hint of information on their teams or when playing a fantasy game.
Are you really even a fan if you don’t have the official app for your team? Show off your school spirit by getting athletics apps such as Official Nebraska Huskers and GoCreighton. While Omaha doesn’t have an official sports app yet, the UNOmaha app does have an events calendar or you can track their Omaha Video Twitter account. While none of these apps have the support and staff that Yahoo Sports, ESPN, or Thuuz Sports do, the universities often announce major news through their own communications first. You might be able to scoop your friends with reports of a big-time transfer, new coaching hire or a quick look at highlights from a game.
Whether you bleed Cornhusker scarlet and cream or you’re a Bluejays fan for life, you need the equipment to watch them. Find excellent options for a smart TV or new smartphone by going to your local AT&T store.