ESPN Hub gets a major makeover to become ESPN App on Windows Phone 8.1

Although official sports apps tend to share the same status as banking apps on Windows Phone – that is, ignored – ESPN is not one of them. This morning version 1.0 of the ESPN App, formerly known as the ESPN Hub, went live in the Store.

The new ESPN App looks to have been completely re-written and ready for Windows Phone 8.1. We last wrote about ESPN Hub back in December, 2013 so this makeover has been a long time in the making.

ESPN App 1.0

  • ESPN Hub is now the ESPN App
  • Favorites: Your team news and scores in an instant
  • Clubhouses: Content for every team and every league under the sun.
  • ESPN Now: The only place to follow real-time updates and commentary on the latest sports news.
  • On-Air: Watch ESPN from the app and listen to live radio with a single tap.
  • Inbox: A dedicated home for personalized content about your favorite teams.

Being able to watch ESPN from within the app is a big deal, as are all the other features. Feedback on the new version so far has been positive, although we will await your final judgment in comments.

Needless to say, lots of Windows Phone sports fans are going to be jubilant today.

Download the ESPN App for Windows Phone 8.1 (Free)

Thanks, Andrew M. and Barrimore M, for the tips!


Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • Seems the app was re-coded to WinRT :) another one this week.
  • Niice!
  • Looks like a nice UI design too.
  • Hallelujah!
  • I thought this day would never come.
  • They ignored Espncricinfo
    And what happened to scorecenter?
  • Yeah waiting for ESPNcricinfo update, has not bn updated for 1.5 yrs
  • im relying on the MSN Sports app for Cricket right now....
  • Try star sports app
  • Why not just Cortana?
  • Looks like the new google YouTube btw:)
    Good news! Keep em coming
  • When will the recoded windowscentral app be available??
  • ^
  • That's a relief
  • Does anyone know if this supports their fantasy leagues? Specifically NHL?
  • I don't think so, it would be nice if they came out with an app for that. The NHL should release apps for the teams, they do have a partnership with Microsoft (they only use Surface's on the NHL Network). And nice to see another hockey fan here! Go Isles!!!
  • NHL apps are lacking. Does anyone else use Cortana to keep track of scores? One major problem with her is the links to Fox Sports never open for me. I get a black screen with some dots showing loading, for eternity. I miss Johnny B. and Chad Johnson :(. But they are in a good home now.
  • NHL Scores & Alerts by Lunosoftware. Best live tile for scores and near instantaneous score notifications. Been using for years. No news though. Just scores, standings and schedule.
  • Go Blackhawks! You're Welcome for Nick Leddy!
  • I wish ESPN, ESPN SCORE CENTER AND WATCH ESPN were combined into one app
  • This app finally caught up to the iOS and Android counterparts! Well for the most part
  • Great!! ESPN has "watch" apps specifics for some countries, like Brazil, and the Brazilian one still doesn't have an app for us, only for Android and iOS.
  • Great.I use this alot.
    Off topic but I wonder when Meerkat or Periscope will hit Windows Phone. I'll wait and watch to see how the live streaming phenomenon takes off (or not)
  • I love it.
  • So does this replace ESPN Radio, scorecenter, and hub?
  • Don't know about radio, but yes to Scorecente and Hub.  Scorecenter doesn't exist on iOS or Andorid anymore, it became the ESPN app, just like this one
  • There is hope for ESPN Fantasy apps.  They abandoned the ESPN fantasy football app, but I guess it still works.  I moved my league over to this past season because ot if.  Still no fantasy baseball app.
  • I want an NBA fantasy app
  • This^ and NBAGameTime
  • Seems fastet
  • You had ONE job!
  • Good! Make sure to thanks ESPN on Twitter or Facebook so they hear back from us, WP users.
  • Yup
  • Great new!
  • About time
  • Great start, now bring live tiles, pin favorite sports/teams to start screen, notifications, and make it generally faster! But thank you ESPN for not neglecting us entirely!
  • Let 'em know in the feedback section of the Settings menu!
  • Thank you ESPN!
  • Seems they left out alerts.  Hopefully they add them soon.
  • Not bad, but tile does not appear to be a live tile.
  • Bollocks on the live tile. Why can't devs get that right?
  • Just when India lost Semi Finals against Oz :(
  • Alerts?
  • Wha wha!!???
  • I'll take the interest in WP and updates but... 1) No live tile? 2) No tile transparency? Talk about odd... if there is one thing you want your sports app to do is show you what your teams are doing and if they are playing on a live tile.
  • What about push notifications for scores? That seems to be missing??
  • This!
  • I uninstalled the ESPN Hub because I didn't see the need for it along side the ScoreCenter app but this makes more sense now. Hope they continue to develop for Windows. They're a big player to have working on this platform.
  • So this basically replaces WatchESPN, ESPN HUB and ESPN Scorecenter
  • Nope. It just replaces scorecenter. When you click on live tv it brings you to the WatchESPN app.
  • But score center app is still there.
    According to official it only replaces hub app
  • The scorecenter app has been delisted
  • ScoreCenter is no longer in the store for me.  It replaces both the ESPN hub and ScoreCenter.
  • I removed the old ESPN app long ago due to it's lack of NHL info but will give this one a try.
  • ESPN must have had some interns sitting around doing nothing.
  • ESPN hub was so slow. Very happy it's been rebuilt!
  • Now I just need a Bleacher Report app.
  • Agreed.. So sad I don't have this app. One I want the most next to snap chat (my friends send hilarious photos)
  • Been waiting for this for quite a while! Thanks ESPN and Daniel for the news!
  • Live tile? Pining separate sports like Microsoft sports? It needs these abilities imo. Either way its mikes better than their other app and I'm happy that they still support the platform.
  • Looks good and functions smooth. The only two gripes I have is no notifications and live tile. Hopefully that'll come with another update.
  • So does ESPN app overwrite ESPN Hub or are they two separate apps with ESPN Hub being depricated?
  • UI of the app is just awesome...
  • Sweet! I'll give it a download and check it out.
  • Now update the fantasy football app
  • That app desperately needs some major attention.
  • Awesome update! Had been waiting for this one for a good while. Love the now feed, just as good as Android version. Hopefully 2015 ESPN fantasy football app gets an overhaul now.
  • Is this a "universal" app?   I see that it doesn't replace the ESPN Hub app in the store, but obviously the HUB will be gone at some point.
  • Thanks ESPN
  • Awesome! Always good to see a bright spot in the dark app situation. Been waiting for this for a looking time.
  • Did they get rid off being able to pin your favorite team to the start menu?
  • Still no NHL Gamecentre app:(
  • Can't seem to login. Have tried resetting password three times with no success. Anyone else have this issue?
  • I didn't like the ESPN Hub as it didn't allow users to log into their ESPN account to track favorite teams. Instead, the favorite teams had to be set up manually. I have been using ESPN Scorecenter since Windows Phone 7, but I finally uninstalled it after this update. The only issues I had with Scorecenter were that the hyperlinks inside the blog posts stopped functioning a few years ago, and my app would randomly switch from displaying local time (Central Time Zone) to being an hour behind. The only way to correct this was to uninstall and reinstall the app. So far, the new app seems to have the functionality I wanted from Scorecenter and combined with the smoothness of the ESPN Hub.