Go beyond the box score with quality sports coverage from an all-star team of writers. Follow your favorite sports teams and leagues with in-depth storytelling you simply can’t get anywhere else - all with no ads or clickbait.

Join the fastest-growing community of passionate sports fans with The Athletic app and start reading stories with substance today!

The Athletic’s expanding roster of local writers brings you in-depth insights and analysis from teams within 47 markets across the US and Canada and premium national coverage from the best in the business, including:

• MLB with Ken Rosenthal and Jayson Stark
• NHL with Pierre LeBrun and James Mirtle
• NBA with Shams Charania and David Aldridge
• NFL with Jay Glazer and Michael Lombardi
• NCAA Football with Stewart Mandel and Bruce Feldman
• NCAA Basketball with Seth Davis and Dana O’Neil

Subscribers get access to ALL stories on The Athletic for one low price. The highly-rated mobile app brings you stories only for the sports and teams you care about in a beautiful, clutter-free reading experience with no advertisements.

Use the app to save stories to read later or read offline. Follow your favorite authors to easily access their content. Adjust text settings with night mode. View box scores, team highlights, and report cards on player performance all within the highly rated app.

Within the app, you can choose either an annual or monthly subscription plan for access to all of our exclusive content and features - with plans starting as low as $4.99/month. The app may also offer you an introductory free period. At the end of the free trial period, the full price of the subscription will be charged thereafter. Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication, where applicable. Payment will be charged to your iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase and your subscription will continue without interruption and auto-renew unless turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current billing period. The renewal charge will be placed within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period. Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user’s Account Settings after purchase.

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What’s New

Version 7.7.8

• Updated icons for bottom navigation tab bar
• Updated Podcast push notifications to include Podcast cover image

Bug Fixes:
• Fixed a bug that caused lives scores to auto re-order
• Fixed a couple of intermittent bugs that caused crashes for users listening to Podcasts

The Athletic just got better. We're introducing a premiere audio experience for subscribers featuring more than 20 exclusive podcasts hosted by some of The Athletic's world-class writing team and audio talent. Go deeper on The Athletic's storytelling and hear our stories told in a whole new way.

The Athletic regularly releases updates to continue improving the experience for our users. Please update the app to receive these enhancements. Thanks!

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
66.8K Ratings
66.8K Ratings
JJmiv1 ,

Better than anything you can get for free

Look, this app and this publication aren’t for someone who wants to get basic stats, game recaps, or hot takes, all of which are abundantly available from free, ad-laden sites. But if you want the nuts and bolts, x’s and o’s of plays and team construction, in-depth articles that dig far beneath the surface, and some of the best writing out there, a subscription to the Athletic and an app download are well worth the (small) monthly fee and the storage space on your device. What a refreshing change to see a publication accumulating talent and building their journalistic capacity as other companies fire quality, talented writers and move away from robust content in favor of clickbait and shallow, video-based fluff. Shout out to Bodner, Kapadia, and company for keeping quality Philly sports journalism alive for the city of brotherly love, and to national guys like Rosenthal for bringing their talents to a publication that values quality over clicks. Trust the Process, Go Phillies, Go Flyers, Go Eagles, and Go the Athletic.

Mike H in Wisconsin ,

Die hard sports fans, get this now

If you’re a die hard sports fan this is what you need. Everything is click bait now with meaningless articles. I would read something from some pretty popular sports sites and think “I learned nothing and just wasted my time.” This is my first review I’ve written on any app or anything but I feel that passionate about The Athletic. If you’re constantly reading sports articles or reading fantasy info, this is what you need. The Athletic doesn’t care about clicks, or ad money. They care about writing quality sports articles that are informative, un-biased, and real. I’m addicted to the articles and as they grow it’ll only get better and better. After reading a few articles, you’ll start to see how garbage some of these sports sites are. Please keep it up and you’ll have my subscription for life.

RadioMVP ,

I thought I would see better articles

I can only rate this 3 stars. I thought I would see more exclusive articles. I am subscriber and some of the writers are truly great like Tom Reed. It’s great to see Jayson Stark has joined The Athletic. There are some really talented writers and that’s why I will renewal my subscription. The overall roster is good but not great. I still get emails about Chicago sports yet I’m in the Ohio market. I don’t understand that. My hope is the Athletic expands into the mid size markets and covers all levels of sports and when that happens the Athletic will truly become a great app.

The Athletic customer service support tries to be helpful but still needs to strive for better service. Renewing my subscription has become more of an ordeal than necessary. I would suggest contacting a customer at least 2 weeks in advance to make the process smoother.

I look forward to another year of the Athletic and watching and hoping for growth and improvements.


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Age Rating
Rated 4+
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