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Best TVs for watching sports - Spring 2017
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Sports fans need a TV worthy of their teams’ triumphs. Most people should still get the 2016 TV models, as the 2017 ones are too expensive and don't offer many advantages. Need a TV that handles fast movement well to enjoy the big game fully? Here are our recommendations for the best TVs for sports.

Best TV for Watching Sports

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8.3Sports
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
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55" 65"

The best TV for watching sports is the LG B6 OLED TV. It's capable of producing a very uniform picture, so the green grassy fields and bright ice rinks look clean and without dirty patches.

Motion is also excellent. Sports usually are broadcast at higher refresh rates, which is beneficial to OLEDs. They have an instant response time, so no trail is left behind moving objects at all. Everything looks crisp and smooth. The LG B6 also has an excellent viewing angle, so big game parties with a lot of people watching from the sides will still look great.

OLED TVs aren't perfect, though. Most importantly for sports, the scores and other static banners at the top and bottom might be retained as "ghost images", similarly to what plasma TVs used to produce. This isn't permanent and fades after a couple of minutes of viewing, but it can be a mild annoyance.

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Best Mid-Range TV for Watching Sports

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8.0Sports
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
Score components:
65"

For a more affordable TV, get the Sony X750D 4k TV. It has a great viewing angle, very little motion blur and gets pretty bright. It works well in a bright living room with a few friends that are going to be watching from the sides. Colors are more uniform than average, so blotchiness shouldn't be an issue. Most sports fans should get this TV since more expensive models aren't much better for a lot more money.

Note: If you're looking for a larger size, the Sony X700D is essentially the same TV, but without a 120hz panel and in a smaller range of sizes.

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Best Budget TV for Watching Sports

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7.1Sports
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
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32" 40" 50"

In the budget range, go with the TCL FS3800. It's only 1080p, and picture quality isn't anything astonishing, but it deals with motion quite well, and the screen doesn't have any major uniformity issues. It's a definite step down compared to the Sony X700D, but it's still a good TV that will offer a good sports-watching experience.

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Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best TVs to watch sports for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors and availability (no TVs that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

A few examples of TVs that didn't make the cut:

  • Vizio P Series 2016. Low amount of motion blur, but vertical bands on the screens can be distracting on sports with a lot of panning shots. See our review
  • Sony X850D. Great TV for watching sports, but the X750D does more for even cheaper. See our review
  • LG UH8500. Good option if you want to watch it at an angle, but a bit priced too high. See our review

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of TVs. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no TV is perfect, most TVs are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them. 

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What's the best option for 50" around $1,000 that's best for sports, games, and movies.
The best option is the Samsung UN50J6300. It has good contrast and uniformity, minimal motion blur, and average input lag, so everything will look good and play well.
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Looking to spend about $2,000. Main sports watched are football & basketball. Plan to get SONOS for sound, and I just want the best picture quality, mainly for sports. Looking for a 60" - 65", as I will be generally about 10-12 feet away from screen. I have always heard good things about Sony in the past, but I hear good things about Vizio now, too.
Either brand would make a good choice. The Sony X850C has less blur and is better for watching TV (including sports), but it's much more expensive than the best Vizio option, the M-series, and we don't expect the M's blur to be an issue with sports.
Given that the 65" X850C is over your budget, the M-series is the better choice.
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Vizio M70-C3 for sports? Looking for a TV in the 70-75" range, and the main focus is sports. The price is nice and the reviews seem positive for a budget TV, but the motion blur is making me second guess that decision. This will be to replace a 72" Mitsubishi DLP 1080p set with a burnt-out light bar.
The M-series' blur is really only an issue for gaming. It's a fine TV for sports, so you should go for it if you're looking for a budget TV.
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I'm torn between your sports runner up JU6500 and the JU7100. My main sport is hockey, and that's a long season, so great hockey viewing is really most important. Football and baseball are secondary.
I will also watch a few non-sport HD channels on my Dish lineup, but almost never DVD/Blu-ray. Which of these two models do you think would be best for me? Oh, did I say great hockey viewing is my top concern? ;-)
Secondly 50" or 55"? My primary seating is split recliner 7-8 feet (depending on degree of recline) from the TV.
Get the JU6500. If you almost never watch DVDs/Blu-rays, there's no reason to pay more for the JU7100. And at that distance, you should get the 55" version.
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I'm a big football fan and that's my main thought when buying a new TV, but I watch a lot of movies and play games often. I want a 4k and I'm leaning toward the Samsung line, but I'm open to ideas. Question: Are the curved TVs any better in quality when it comes to sports, movies and games than the flat screen? And which TV should I go with?
The curve itself doesn't add anything to the picture, but some curved TVs are a bit better just because of the quality of the panel that is used.
In terms of performance, you won't beat the Samsung JS8500 for picture with sports, so that's what we recommend. Hardly any darker patches on the screen, and very minimal blur.
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I'm torn between the JU6500 and the JS8500 at 65" -- mostly for hockey. Will I really notice the difference if I pay an extra $1K? I never watch DVDs and don't have a streaming service. Thanks!
Probably not. The main benefit you would see with the JS8500 is that there are fewer dark patches on the screen, which is good for sports. But that's not worth $1,000, and the other benefits (120 hz panel, wide color gamut) aren't so important for you. Get the JU6500.
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Just looking at the scores, I find myself wondering what prevents the Sony X810C from not even making the honorable mention list for best sports TVs. Can you comment on that?
We reviewed the X810C quite recently, and have not updated the sports TVs article since. We agree that it is a great choice for watching sports, and we'll be keeping it in mind when finalizing that article for the year.
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Which TV would fit our needs the best? The TV will be outside under an awning. I am concerned about the glare. Size wise I would like a 43 or 48, 4 people will be sitting 5' and 7' away. Sports and TV/cable will be the primary viewing. No need for smart TV since our WiFi is poor here. Price range is $500 more or less pending on the value received or settle for. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Ed from Ohio. GO BUCKS!
The LG UH6100 would be a good choice for you and it is available in 43" and 49". It is bright enough for a well light environment and it is pretty good to fight glare with is semi-gloss finish. It has a good rating for sport, has wide viewing angle and is has a good upscaling of lower resolution content like cable TV.
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