Different TVs can have a big impact on the quality your sports watching experience. It needs to be bright, uniform, and handle fast motion well. Some might even prefer TVs with wider viewing angles if they often have friends over that might be watching from the sides. While some manufacturers introduced new models at CES, it's unlikely for them to be available at reasonable prices until much later in the year, so if you want a good TV for the Super Bowl, it's a good idea to make use of the sales that precedes it.
Best TV for Watching Sports: LG B7A
The best TV for watching sports is the LG B7A OLED TV. Its handling of the fast motion common with sports is unparalleled, and its picture quality is also as good as it gets.
OLEDs tend to produce a very uniform picture, generally free of blotches, grain or banding that can occur on LCD TVs (although they can produce banding in darker tones, this is less of an issue with sports broadcasts). This is important since darker spots on your screen can make the green fields of football or white ice rinks very distracting.
OLEDs also produce a very wide viewing angle, which is perfect for big game days with lots of guests. While they're not the brightest TVs around, they do still get bright enough for most environments. We don't expect the newly announced LG B8 to be very different, so the LG B7 is quite a safe pick. However, OLED TVs suffer from image retention, so if you think this is an issue you might encounter, it might be best to consider alternatives.
Best Mid-Range TV for Watching Sports: Sony X900E
If the LG B7 is out of your budget or if you'd like to avoid the risk of image retention, we recommend the Sony X900E 4k LED TV. It gets bright and handles fast motion well, albeit without the wide viewing angle found on the LG. Its screen is uniform as well and although its motion blur isn't quite as good as what's found on OLED TVs, the Sony X900E remains one of the best LED TVs for watching sports.
It's a better fit for evening games since it's not the best at handling direct reflections, but the X900E's advantages help keep that a minor issue. We don't expect its replacement, the X900F, to offer a large upgrade, so if you're looking for a mid-range TV to watch the Big Game, go with the X900E.
Best Budget TV for Watching Sports: Sony X720E
If wide angles are an important focus for you, or if you're simply looking for an affordable option, the Sony X720E 4k LED TV is as good as it gets when it comes to budget TVs for sports.
It handles fast motion excellently and gets quite bright. Overall, it's less versatile as a TV than the Sony X900E, but it performs quite close when the usage is centered around watching sports. However, it won't have the same picture quality in a dark room. If your usage is centered around sports, there's hardly a better pick than the X720E for most people.
Larger Alternative: Sony X690E
For something bigger than the 55 inches found with the Sony X720E, the Sony X690E is a good alternative. It won't have the same wide viewing angle featured on the former, but it still provides good motion performance and brightness that are a requirement for sports watchers.
- Sony X930E. Great choice for watching sports, but doesn't offer much over the Sony X900E for the money. See our review
- Samsung Q9F. Great TV for watching sports, but oddly priced for the performance it delivers. See our review
- Samsung Q7F. Very good TV for watching sports, but the LG B7 performs better for a similar price. See our review
- TCL P607. Decent TV for watching sports, but not any better than the Sony X720E. See our review
- LG UJ7700. Good TV for sports watching, but not much better than the Sony X720E for twice as much money. See our review
- Samsung MU8000. Good TV overall, but the Sony X900E is worth the slight price bump. See our review
- Sony A1E. Excellent TV for watching sports, but the LG B7 performs the same for cheaper. See our review
- LG C7. Great OLED TV, but almost identical to the cheaper B7. See our review
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).
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.