The free app contains a deep look at what SI editors have deemed the ten biggest rivalries in football, including both college and professional teams. From Ohio State versus Michigan to the Cowboys versus the Redskins, the app was designed for football fans.
The app is almost Flipboard-esque in its construction — and we mean that in the best way possible. Selecting a rivalry takes users to a navigable timeline with historic call-outs for important dates and games. Each highlight is accompanied by text, audio and video clips. Emmy-winner Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights) narrates the app’s video and photo montages.
The result is a hybrid between one of ESPN Classic’s rivalry episodes and a digital newspaper. Even for a non-football fan like myself, it makes for a compelling app experience.
It’s clear that Sports Illustrated put a lot of time into creating the app and building out its content. It’s a great way to remind users of the SI brand legacy and a great tie-in for football season. We hope that Time Inc. considers expanding this franchise to other sports like the NBA, NHL or even sports like boxing or tennis.
Essentially this app is the modern approach at seasonal inserts or stand-alone special issues. The fact that the app is free is great, but SI could charge for this content probably still get a lot of buyers.
Check out the gallery to see the app in action and give Sports Illustrated Football Rivals a download. Even for non-football fans, the app’s design is worth checking out.
What is your favorite football rivalry? Let us know in the comments.
SI has put together what it deems the biggest rivalries in football. The top ten rivalries are presented.
The rivalries timelines is displayed on the screen. Users can scroll through and progress through the years. Tapping on a call-out pulls up more information about a specific elements of the rivalry.
By the Numbers
Each rivalry also has its own infographic-style stats page.
Fans can take a quiz to see how much they know about their favorite rivalry.
2011 Game Info
You can get info about the 2011 game between two rivals and take a pre-game poll.
Post Game Information
After the game takes place, this section will have additional information and updates.