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Best TVs for watching sports - Fall 2017
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Best TVs for watching sports

Sports fans need a TV worthy of their teams’ triumphs. While some 2016 TVs that offered an excellent sports watching experience might still be found, prices of 2017 have dropped low enough at this time of the year to make them part of our recommendations, especially since Black Friday is swiftly approaching.  Sports require uniform screens and TVs that handle fast motion well.

So far, we've tested 37 TVs in 2017 and below are our recommendations for the best sports TVs.

Best TV for Watching Sports

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  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
8.4 Sports
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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:
55" 65"

The best TV for watching sports we've tested so far is the LG B7 OLED TV. Its picture quality is excellent, and it can reproduce the luscious grass of tennis and football fields evenly and without blotches.

As usual with OLED TVs, their motion performance is excellent. At the higher frame rates sports are usually broadcast at, it looks exceptionally fluid and free of trails following fast moving objects. Another nice aspect is their excellent viewing angles, which makes them a great choice if you often watch games with a group of friends.

The LG B7A isn't perfect though. Like other OLED TVs, it is subject to temporary image retention. This means that if static content is shown for extended periods of time on screen, a "ghost" image of the content will stay on screen until it fades away after a few minutes.

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Best Mid-Range TV for Watching Sports

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7.9 Sports
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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:
49" 55" 65" 75"

If the LG B7 is out of your budget, go for the Sony X900E 4k LED TV. It won't have the wide viewing angle of the OLED, but it's one of the best LED TVs for watching sports thanks to its great motion and high brightness.

Its screen is quite uniform, so grass fields and ice rinks look nice and uniform and don't have a dirty look. Its motion blur isn't quite as good as whats found on OLED TVs, but it's one of the best LED TVs we've tested in that aspect. 

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 and make it the best mid-range buy for those that watch a lot of sports on their TV.

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Best Budget TV for Watching Sports

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7.5 Sports
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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:
43" 49" 55"

If you need the wide viewing angles of OLED and your usage is really sports-focused, or if you just want a less pricey option, the Sony X720E 4k LED TV is the best sports-watching budget TV we've reviewed. 

Thanks to its use of an IPS type LCD, it has excellent viewing angles. This is great if you often have friends coming over and watching the TV from the sides since the picture quality is better maintained than with VA-type LCDs. It also handles motion great, since it has a very low amount of motion blur keeping fast-moving players free of odd-looking trails behind them.

If you don't mind the lower picture quality in a dark room, the Sony X720E is our top picks for sports fans on a budget.

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Larger Alternative

60" 70"

If you want a bigger TV than 55 inches while not breaking the bank, look for the Sony X690E 4k LED TV. It doesn't have the same viewing angles as the Sony X720E, but it still has a uniform screen with good picture quality and low motion blur, making it a good choice for those that want a larger option at a lower price.

See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Sony X750D. Excellent mid-range TV for watching sports, but quite difficult to find nowadays. See our review
  • 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

All Reviews

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. 

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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 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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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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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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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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