Facebook launches new hub for sports fans

Social networking giant Facebook has launched Sports Stadium – a dedicated place to experience sports in real time with your friends and the world.

The feature is called Facebook Sports Stadium, and though the company says it will add other sports to it, right now all you can keep up with is content related to whatever American football game you’re watching.

The Sports Stadium tells you which of your friends are watching the game, while also providing you with expert commentary from the teams themselves, as well as from media personalities, and more.

Unlike Facebook Messenger, this latest feature is a part of the main app. You can use it to follow sports games allowing you view commentary, watch the play-by-play news, cheer with your friends, and much more.

You can basically follow the action as the game unfolds as well as connect with fans and engage with big names in sports from across the world, meaning this is an all-encompassing second-screen experience. It is now available on iPhones in the USA, and will expand to other platforms in the coming weeks.

Users wanting to access the Sports feed will just need to search for whatever game is on and it should pop up as a result, but the social network says how you can access it will evolve over time.

The new service appears to be an effort to encroach on Twitter’s territory. The micro-blogging site has long been a popular destination for so-called “live-tweeting” games.

Facebook hopes to gain an advantage over Twitter and other rivals by offering the immediacy of live events, while making the best of the user friendly format of Facebook’s pages, and the overcoming the burden of Twitter’s character limit. Or more room, we should say. Facebook promises that it will roll out to additional platforms and include other sports like soccer and basketball in the near future.

Facebook is gearing up for the 50th Super Bowl with a brand new way to interact with the game.

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