Manufacturers have focused their efforts to release models that will keep sports fans happy. When looking for a sports TV, one must look for brightness, uniformity (to avoid screen shade clouding also known as dirty screen effect), fast motion handling and wide viewing angles to accommodate for your friends when watching the Superbowl together.
We've tested 71 TVs and below are our recommendations for the best ones you can buy to watch sports in 2018.
The best TV for watching sports is the LG B8 (it has the same excellent picture quality as the more expensive LG C8). The LG B8 can display perfect blacks due to its emissive OLED technology. It has excellent motion handling and an instantaneous response time that leaves almost no trail when displaying fast content like sports. The gray uniformity is very good, and you will not notice any dirty screen effect when you watch your favorite sport. It has good viewing angles as the image remains accurate when viewed from the side, so it is a good choice for large rooms, unlike similarly premium models like the Samsung Q9FN.
Overall, the B8 (or the C8) is an excellent choice for sports fans and will not disappoint you with whatever usage you throw at it.
If the brightness of the LG B8 is not enough and you want a brighter alternative, then get the Vizio P Series Quantum. The P series Quantum does not have the wide viewing angles or great upscaling of the LG B8, but it is one of the brightest TVs we have tested so far. The PQ65-F1 has an impressive performance in sports due to the remarkable motion handling and good uniformity. Its excellent reflection handling allows you to place it in a bright room with many light sources without any worries.
If you find the LG B8 expensive, the best TV we’ve tested in the mid-range category is the Sony X900F. You will not get the excellent picture quality of the LG B8 or its perfect blacks, and for those who plan to place it in a wide room, you will lack the good viewing angles the OLEDs have.
On the upside, the Sony X900F, just like its predecessor the X900E (that you should get if you can still find it) is a great TV with an excellent brightness that can be placed in well-lit rooms. It has good gray uniformity and thus it is unlikely that you will notice any dirty screen effect. This TV has a remarkable response time and excellent motion handling, better than more expensive models like the Samsung Q7FN, and you will enjoy every moment of your favorite sport. Finally, since the Sony has a VA panel, you do not have to worry about burn-in.
Overall, the Sony X900F is a great choice if you are a sports fan and want good quality at a reasonable price.
If you want to place your TV in a large room and find that the Sony X900F is not a suitable choice due to poor viewing angles, then get the LG SK9500. You will not get the excellent response time or the good gray uniformity of the Sony X900F. However, the SK9500 is a very good TV that you can place in a large room and watch your favorite sport with a group of friends without worrying about who will sit on the side.
If you think that the Sony X900F is expensive, the best budget sports TV we’ve tested is the LG UK7700. The UK7700 does not have the great picture quality or the excellent motion handling of the Sony X900F.
It is not only a good TV for mixed usage but also a good choice for sports watching due to its fast response time and good gray uniformity. It has excellent reflection handling so placing it in a room with many lights should not be a problem. Also because of its IPS panel, watching from the side is ok since the viewing angles are better even when compared to more expensive models that have VA panels, like the Samsung Q6FN.
Overall the UK7700 is a good TV for watching sports and can be placed in a variety of rooms with different lighting conditions.
If you're looking for a cheaper alternative than the LG UK7700, then get the TCL 6 Series R617. You will not get the wide viewing angles of the UK7700 and you might spot some dirty screen effect depending on your panel. However, the TCL R617 is a TV with very good picture quality, good reflection, and motion handling, that will keep you happy for almost any usage and certainly for sports.
If you would like a TV in the budget category that is available in bigger sizes than the LG UK7700, then get the Vizio E Series 2018. You will not get the wide viewing angles or the excellent reflection handling of the UK7700. On the upside, the E Series 2018 is a TV with decent picture quality, low input lag and good motion that will perform well in most usages including sports, and is only found in larger sizes.
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.