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What’s New

Version 10.5.1

- We've refined the menu just a bit more. Now select "For You" in the menu to bring up your followed teams.
- Scores standings button on Scores tab

Bug Fixes:
- App will no longer crash when ratings players report cards

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
15.2K Ratings

15.2K Ratings

ACT1987 ,

Excellent idea, not quite so well executed

I love The Athletic. Having subscribed for nearly a year now I find the writing brilliant and the writers engaging. It’s great value for money and beats, hands-down, other sites if you are looking for U.K. football coverage and top quality journalism.

The opportunity to discuss this with the journalists is great too and the conversations are often interesting and considered with their engagement a really nice touch and their personalities allowed to shine through into their work.

There’s no click-bait, no adverts, no ‘The Athletic Bet’ waiting to cash-in on the sensationalist journalism and poorly sourced rumours.

Podcasts are a great addition and, although still available elsewhere, the advert-free versions in The Athletic make it worthwhile to deviate from your usual podcast platform.

The only gripe I have is that recent app updates have made the ‘My Feed’ increasingly cluttered. I love the feed idea, pulling all the stories you’re most likely to be interested in based on your previous use and pre-set ‘followed’ clubs, leagues and authors into one place. However, it’s recently become overrun with the podcasts and the discussions, and the app struggles to track what you read across different devices. Really hope that this will get some attention, perhaps by way of a little more user-control over what does and doesn’t get put into your feed.

That aside, this is pretty much perfect sports journalism.

Clude989 ,

Genuinly worth the price!

I don’t normally write reviews, but I felt compelled for The Athletic. As an English Arizona Cardinals fan, easy-to-access high-quality articles written by journalists who know their stuff is hard to come by. The Athletic has completely solved all this; I got offered a 60% discount with a free trial and after four days found myself paying the $24 early - absolutely phenomenal value! What I love about the articles is that they’re not just limited to one team or one sport but every major sport and every major team, including college which makes it great for someone starting to follow the Longhorns.

With something like this you always expect a downside; however, with the Athletic I’m yet to find one. The app is truly amazing: easy to use and navigate with helpful feature like save and ‘read’ icons, as well as a scores tab and the ability to listen to podcasts within the app.

My only gripe would be that I would love to be able to customise ‘your feed’ to be just strictly about the teams I follow and nothing else, so that I have a centralised place to read all about my teams, as well as singular team feeds.

Apart from that, I couldn’t be more excited to read more on The Athletic as it is truly one-of-a-kind; keep going guys and keep up the excellent work!

Ajfletch885 ,

Finally something worth reading

It’s been a long time since I have been able to read articles, one after the other, and actually learn things as I browse the page, remaining on the same article for more than five minutes rather than skimming for the key info. I have for too long been trapped in a twitter-obsessed junk news world that has only brought fuzziness to my brain in the same way that watching reality tv would. The fact the all the best journos are brought together with the freedom to weite what the hell they want only adds to the intrigue, and I find myself fortunate to have the opportunity to finally awaken my brain out of the slumber of mindless transfer speculation and uneducated viewpoints of the armchair keyboard warrior fans. Thank you.


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