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How to Use Alexa to Check Game Scores
Find out how to use Alexa to check live game scores. Set up Alexa to follow your favorite sports, leagues, and tournaments.
You might not like the answers it gives you, but you can always ask your Amazon Alexa device for game scores. A word of caution: Everytime I ask Alexa to tell me the score of my beloved Los Angeles Lakers, they are losing. Maybe that’s because my favorite basketball team stinks, or maybe it’s because Alexa somehow cursed them. Either way, it’s undeniably convenient to check game scores with Alexa.
Along with game scores, Alexa can also fill you in on schedules, statistics, highlights, and even betting odds. Here’s how to use your Amazon Alexa or Amazon Echo Dot to check sports scores.
Ask Alexa for scores you want to know
The easiest way to use Alexa to check game scores is simply by asking her. If you say something generic, like “Alexa, what were the scores tonight?” It'll give you a long list of every score that happened today in professional and collegiate sports. It helps to narrow down your request to a specific league or team. Here are some phrases you can use to get the scores you want from Alexa:
- “Alexa, what happened in the Cubs game last night?”
- “Alexa, did Team USA qualify for the World Cup?”
- “Alexa, what were last night’s NHL scores?”
- “Alexa, who won the Overwatch tournament?”
Beyond scores, you can also ask Alexa what time a game will start and what channel it will air on. If you’re feeling lucky, you can also ask Alexa for betting odds for a specific match.
Get a personalized sports update from Alexa
You can turn Alexa into your own personal SportsCenter by setting up your preferences in the Alexa app. Follow these steps to set up your personalized sports update from Alexa:
- Open the Alexa app and select the menu in the top left corner (look for the three lines stacked on each other).
- Tap on Settings, and scroll down until you see Sports under the preferences section.
- Tap the plus icon and add your favorite teams and leagues. This includes eSports leagues as well.
- Save your settings.
Just ask Alexa for a sports update, and it’ll give you the latest knews with the teams and leagues you actually care about.
Add Alexa skills for sports
You can make Alexa an expert on basically any sport you follow by downloading a skill. For example, you can download the NHL Alexa skill from Amazon and suddenly your Alexa will know everything about the sport, including biographical history and stats for every player.
You can also download skills that effectively work as mini-podcasts. For instance, the Thom & Hawke Football Show Flashing Briefing is a bi-weekly 10 minute update that fills you in on the most interesting storylines in the NFL. You just ask Alexa to play the Flash Briefing skill and you’ll get a bite-sized podcast to enjoy while doing the dishes.
There are literally hundreds of different Alexa skills that revolve around sports, so you’re sure to find something that follows your team.
How to add Alexa skills
- Open the Alexa app and tap the menu in the top left corner (look for the three bars).
- Tap Skills & Games.
- Browse through Alexa skills, or tap the magnifying glass in the top-right corner and search for a sport, team, or league you want to follow.
- Tap Enable to Use when you find a skill you want to add to your Alexa.
Sports covered by Amazon Alexa
Alexa will know about basically any sport, team, or league you can think of, but if not, chances are you can download an Alexa skill that covers any blind spots. For references, here are some sports, leagues, and events that your Alexa or Echo Dot device will know by default:
- Nippon Pro
- English Premier League
- Spain La Liga
- Italy Serie A
- French Ligue 1
- UEFA Champions League
- Over 80 leagues globally
- Indian Premier League
- Big Bash League
- Pakistan Super League
- The US Open
- Australian Open
- French Open
- The Masters
- The Open Championship
- The U.S. Open
- The PGA Championship
- Daytona 500
- Brickyard 400
- Formula 1
- F1 World Championship