The thing about sports fans is that they really are fanatics, so there’s an insatiable desire to get involved in all their favorite sports in any way that they can. This is easy when the season’s in full swing, and a bit trickier when it’s not. But, in fact, there are plenty of ways to get involved online all year round  – and here are just five of them.

Join sports forums

One thing that sports fans certainly excel at is sharing their opinions about the teams and individual players whom they follow week after week. This means that there are countless sports forums out there where you can have your say and get involved in debates with fellow fans. They’re also a great source of sports gossip about who may be in or out next season, plus a chance to give some helpful, or not so helpful, advice to the coach.

Follow your team

A more direct way to find out what’s going on with the team is to check out their own official websites. Without exception, all the major teams have one, which is the very best source of certified news about them. For example, the Arizona Cardinals site is absolutely packed with information including videos, podcasts and player profiles. The team site is also where you can often book priority match tickets and even buy official team merchandise.

Really get behind your favorite team or player

However dedicated you are to your team, there’s one way that you can make watching them even more immersive, and that’s by placing an online bet on them at a platform such as Space Casino. You can bet on pretty much any sport you like, from football to soccer and baseball, and from basketball through to boxing, all from the comfort of your armchair. Online betting sites also work on mobile, which makes them even more convenient.

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Start a fan blog

For the veritable superfan, there’s always the chance to start your own blog about the team that you love the most. It could be that you write your own match reports, reminisce about the greatest performances that you’ve ever witnessed by individuals or the team as a whole, or just cover the whole of a particular sport. Who knows? If you’re really good, it could even turn into a whole career for you – as it did for one of the country’s most successful sports bloggers, Matt Musico.

Relive old games

There was a time long, long ago, when records of great games disappeared almost as soon as they were over. There may have been season round-up DVDs and the like but, more often than not, you had to rely on recordings you had made yourself. Fortunately, today almost every great sporting moment is there for you to see on YouTube. From match highlights to players’ best moments, you’ll find all these and more freely available to watch whenever and however you want.

As you can see, the online world offers many opportunities for the dedicated sports fan to satisfy their thirst for comment and action. Of course, none is quite as exciting as watching the sport in question as it happens, but they do come a pretty close second.