Sometimes the best way to watch your favorite sports team is in the living room, with a few friends around and the game streaming on your TV. Although manufacturers don't focus on making their TVs only for sports, many modern 4k TVs have good all-around performance making them suitable for watching sports. When looking for the best TV for watching sports, you'll want to look for great motion handling and good gray uniformity. If you tend to watch games in a bright room, peak brightness and reflection handling are important, and you'll want a TV with a wide viewing angle if you watch in a wide seating area.
The Samsung QN85A QLED is the best TV for sports that we've tested. It's part of Samsung's Neo QLED lineup, sitting below the flagship Samsung QN90A QLED. However, the difference is that the QN85A has an IPS-like panel with a wider viewing angle, so the image remains consistent even if you're sitting off to the side, which is great for watching the big game with a group of friends. It also gets incredibly bright, and, combined with its fantastic reflection handling, looks great in a bright room, and glare isn't an issue.
The user-friendly Tizen OS smart platform has a huge selection of streaming apps, including the most popular sports apps, meaning you can stream the big game without an external streaming box. It also upscales lower-resolution content like from cable boxes well, with no noticeable issues. It has a great response time, ensuring you can clearly see the action, and it has decent gray uniformity, with just a bit of dirty screen effect in the center.
The best mid-range TV for sports fans is the Hisense U8G. It's a great TV for watching sports, with decent gray uniformity and a fast response time, so sports look great, and it's easy to make out the action. It has excellent peak brightness and amazing reflection handling, so it can easily handle lots of glare in a bright living room. It also has a decent frequency response and gets very loud, making it a good choice for parties.
It's not perfect, though, as it has a worse viewing angle than the Samsung QN85A QLED, so it's best enjoyed directly in front, as anyone watching from the side will see a degraded image. If you have a narrow living room or don't usually watch sports with a large group of people, this isn't an issue.
The Hisense U6G is the best budget TV we've tested for watching sports. It's a great all-around TV and is good for watching sports, especially if you like to stream your sports. The built-in Android TV is a user-friendly interface with a massive selection of apps available to download through the Google Play Store; this means you can easily stream your favorite game without worrying about getting external streaming devices.
It's a good choice if you watch sports during the day in a well-lit room as it gets bright enough to fight glare and has decent reflection handling, so visibility won't be an issue unless you have direct sunlight on it. It has good gray uniformity, meaning sports with large, bright playing surfaces, like hockey or basketball, look good without distracting dirty screen effect in the center. Fast-moving players and balls look good thanks to the quick response time, and even though the backlight flickers, it's at such a high frequency that it doesn't cause image duplication.
The LG UP8000 is the best budget TV for sports if you have a wide seating area. Most variants have an IPS-type panel with a wide viewing angle, so the image looks the same if you're watching it from the sides, making it a good choice for watching the big game with a large group of people. However, the 50, 60, and 70-inch models use a different panel type with a worse viewing angle, meaning they perform differently.
It has an easy-to-use interface and comes with LG's Magic Remote, which has a point-and-press feature, making it even easier to play your favorite apps in just a few seconds. It has good motion handling thanks to the quick response time and a motion interpolation feature to smooth out low-frame-rate content. However, its backlight flickers at 120Hz, which causes image duplication with 60 fps content. It doesn't have any trouble upscaling lower-resolution content, like from cable boxes.
The best TV we've tested for fans who like to watch sports in a dark room is the LG C1 OLED. TVs with OLED panels present a few advantages when watching sports. Each pixel turns on and off on its own, meaning that it has a near-infinite contrast ratio for dark room viewing, and it also has a wide viewing angle as each pixel emits light in all directions. The image remains consistent when viewed from the sides, which is great if you want to watch the game with a large group of friends.
In addition to the wide viewing angle, OLEDs have a near-instantaneous response time, so fast-moving players and balls look smooth with minimal blur trail. It has a flicker-free backlight, which helps reduce eye strain, and an optional black frame insertion feature to reduce motion blur. It also has a 120Hz panel with variable refresh rate (VRR) support and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth for high-frame-rate gaming if you're looking for that.
Aug 19, 2022: Restructured the article to better match users' expectations. Removed many Notable Mentions that are no longer relevant.
Apr 07, 2022: Moved the LG UP8000 to its own category as the Best Budget Sports TV For Wide Seating Areas to reflect user needs; moved the LG A1 to Notable Mentions and added the TCL 4 Series/S446 to Notable Mentions.
Feb 08, 2022: Added the LG A1 as 'Cheaper Alternative' to the LG C1; added the TCL 6 Series/R648 8k 2021 QLED to Notable Mentions.
Dec 15, 2021: Updated text for clarity and verified picks for availability; added the TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED and the Hisense U6GR to Notable Mentions.
Oct 19, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the TCL 6 Series/R646 2021, LG QNED90, TCL 6 Series/R648 2021 8k, and the LG UP7000 to Notable Mentions.
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.