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Amazon has added a new Sports section to Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, and Fire TV Edition televisions for live sports, documentaries, sports commentary, and more. Unlike the recently added Live and Free sections found in the navigation menu, the new Sports section is accessed through an icon in your list of apps and channels. This sports hub serves as an aggregator to pull in and display sports content from your various apps and services in one location for easier browsing.

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The Sports section looks and acts like the Fire TV’s main launcher interface. That’s because, unlike other aspects of the Fire TV like News and Prime Video, the new Sports section isn’t a new standalone Amazon app. Instead, it’s simply an extension of the main Fire TV launcher interface. While I wish Amazon provided a way to hide this new Sports section and other icons added by Amazon to the list of apps, there’s no way to uninstall Sports because there is nothing to uninstall.

At the top of the new Sports section is a list of “Featured Sports Apps” which I assume are the apps that are currently integrated with the new section so that the content within those apps can be surfaced. Those apps are currently CBS All Access, CBS Sports, ESPN, Fox Sports, Hulu, NBC Sports, NFL, and Sling TV. The new Sports section will likely vary depending on which of these apps you have installed and/or which services you are subscribed to.

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Much like other parts of the Fire TV interface, the Sports section consists of various rows of content grouped together by similarities. At the top, like you’d expected, is a row dedicated to Live Sports that are currently airing. Further down are rows dedicated to specific sports, such as NFL, NCAA Football, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports. I expect that, as different sports go in and out of season, these rows will likely change to reflect what’s currently available to watch. There are also rows for upcoming games and sporting events, as well as a row for sports talk shows. It would be nice if this new sports section could be customized, such as being able to reorder the rows, but that’s unfortunately not possible.

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