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Alexa Skill of the Week: ESPN

Each week, we take a look at new and important Alexa skills you might want to consider enabling for your Alexa device. Amazon continues to improve Alexa with its own updates, but skills are software components that allow Alexa users to extend functionality across all Alexa-enabled devices in use for very specific functions.

Alexa is available for Amazon devices Echo, Dot, Tap, Echo Show, Echo Look, Dash Wand, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, but also on iOS, Android, and the web with

This week’s skill: ESPN

Description: Want to stay up to date on the latest sports news? From Aaron Rodgers to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, your ESPN Flash Briefings bring you the hottest stories in sports, updated throughout the day.

Real world use: First off – can you believe its taken this long to get an official ESPN Alexa skill? I think that’s more newsworthy than the actual release of this skill. This is a skill that should have been there since the beginning. This is Flash Briefing skill, which means that you can get a daily audio digest of all the exciting things happening in the sports world. For sports enthusiasts, this will probably become a quick favorite.

This skill is just a Flash Briefing – meaning you’ll only get an audio representation of the news. It does not have features that support the Echo Show, though I expect that will come eventually to allow SportsCenter to play on the Show’s video screen.

Where to get it: You can locate the ESPN Flash Briefing Skill in the Amazon Alexa app, enable it using your voice, or use the following web link: ESPN


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