NBC Sports has launched a web app that helps American sports fans who are new to soccer to pick a Premier League club. Plus, for soccer fans who already have their favorite club, the app tests how much of an expert they are about their team.
The web app asks readers to choose between ‘I have a team’ or ‘I need a team.’ If you select ‘I need a team,’ the app then connects to your Facebook or Twitter account so it can review your data to make a more informed decision about which team is a better fit for you. Plus the app asks you a series of questions to pick a side for you.
As a Swansea City supporter, I went through the process of seeing if it would suggest my club as the club I should support. Based on my Facebook profile, it automatically said I am an Arsenal supporter. Wrong. So I told the app to help me pick a different team. It asked me to choose between my favorite bands, the type of movies I enjoy watching, etc, and then suggested I support Sunderland because Pet Shop Boys lead singer Neil Tennant is a Sunderland supporter. The logic in the questions and club suggestions is flawed, but it’s still a lot of fun and could be helpful for new fans to learn more about the different clubs.
If you already have a team, the app asks ‘Call yourself a fan?’ and then poses several trivia questions to make sure you know your club. After completing the quiz, you can share your fandom with a choice of a smack-talk e-card, trading card, club badge, fan banner or team scarf. It’s a great way to get soccer fans to spread their love of the game, and I’m sure NBC hopes it’ll help clue your friends into the beautiful game that’s on NBC.
In addition to the app, NBC Sports has launched their Premier League portal, which features video team guides to each team that helpful and informative for beginner fans.
What’s your opinion about NBC’s app and their team guide videos? And which clubs did the app suggest that you support? Share your feedback in the comments section below.