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5 Credit Cards for Sports Fans

It’s been a big week in sports. The Stanley Cup, NBA Finals and FIFA Woman’s World Cup have everyone talking … and spending.

Indeed, this is the time of year when it’s hard not to be a sports fan. Thankfully, there are plenty of credit cards designed with sports fans in mind.

Here are five credit cards that let you cash in on your sports mania.

1. The NHL Card From Discover

The first co-branded version of the Discover it card features the logo of your favorite National Hockey League team, as well as 10% off official NHL gear purchases. Other benefits include 5% cash back on up to $1,500 spent each quarter on select categories of merchants. For example, during the third quarter of 2015 (July through September), the featured categories are restaurants and movies. All other purchases earn 1% cash back. And if you apply before July 31, Discover will double your cash back earned on all purchases in your first year. Other benefits include a free monthly FICO score, and the ability to use the “Freeze It” feature to temporarily pause your account. There is no annual fee for this card, as well as no penalty interest rate or foreign transaction fees.

2. The NFL Extra Points Card From Barclaycard

This card offers new applicants 10,000 bonus points after they make $500 in purchases within their first 90 days of card membership. In addition, cardholders earn double points per dollar spent on game tickets, at team pro shops and in the stadiums on game days. One point per dollar spent is earned on all other purchases.

Points can be used for cash back, merchandise and travel, but the most unusual benefit is the ability to redeem points for team experiences and game tickets, including the Super Bowl. For example, you could redeem points for a pass to the sidelines before the game, or to the post-game press conference. Other benefits include a 20% discount on merchandise purchased at and six months of 0% APR financing on game tickets. Finally, new cardholders receive 15 months of 0% APR financing on balance transfers completed within 45 days of account opening — that’s a competitive balance transfer offer. (You can check out the best balance transfer credit cards in America here.) There is no annual fee for this card.

3. The NBA American Express Card From BBVA Compass Bank

This card offers 10,000 bonus points after new applicants spend $500 in purchases within 90 days of account opening. In addition, quintuple points on all purchases during the NBA All-Star Weekend and the two weeks of the NBA Finals, and triple points on qualifying NBA tickets, NBA in-stadium transactions and purchases. Double points are earned at supermarkets and gas stations, and one point per dollar spent elsewhere. Points can be redeemed for NBA merchandise and experiences, cash back, gift cards, travel and much more. There is no annual fee for life for those who apply before June 30, and otherwise there is a $50 annual fee that is waived the first year.

4. The MLB Extra Bases Card From Bank of America

Baseball fans receive $100 in cash back after making $500 in purchases within the first 90 days of account opening. All purchases earn 1% cash back with 2% earned at grocery stores and 3% earned on gas for the first $1,500 in combined grocery store and gas purchases each quarter. Featured rewards include exclusive experiences unique to each team. There is no annual fee for this card.

5. PGA Tour BankAmericard Cash Rewards 

Golf fans can sign up for this credit card that offers premier access to Tournament Players Club (TPC) golf courses, discounted greens fees, merchandise savings, private Club previews, as well as VIP benefits and amenities. In addition, cardholders receive two tickets to the PGA Tour event of their choice. New applicants also receive $100 cash back after making $500 in purchases within the first 90 days of account opening. Finally, this card offers 3% cash back on gas, 2% at grocery stores, and 1% cash back everywhere else. This card also offers 12 months of interest-free financing on both new purchases and balance transfers, with a 3% balance transfer fee. There is no annual fee for this card.

Your credit score plays a major role in whether you’ll be approved for a credit card and the interest rate you’ll be granted. Before you apply, it’s a good idea to check your credit to see where you stand. You can get two of your credit scores for free, updated monthly, on

Note: It’s important to remember that interest rates, fees and terms for credit cards, loans and other financial products frequently change. As a result, rates, fees and terms for credit cards, loans and other financial products cited in these articles may have changed since the date of publication. Please be sure to verify current rates, fees and terms with credit card issuers, banks or other financial institutions directly.

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