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Football season is fast approaching, and die-hard NFL fans will be spending a lot on their favorite sport. Whether you love tailgating and seeing live games, throwing game day parties or hitting your local sports bar, you might be spending a lot of dough as a fan.

Some credit cards can help you unleash your inner football fanatic, earning rewards as you spend and support your favorite team. Here are four credit cards for NFL fans.

1. NFL Extra Points Credit Card

Rewards: Two points per dollar spent on NFL and team purchases, one point per dollar spent on other purchases
Signup Bonus: 10,000 bonus points when you spend $500 in the first 90 days
Annual Fee: $0
Annual Percentage Rate (APR): 0% for six months on eligible NFL ticket purchases, then variable 15.99%, 20.99% or 25.99%, variable 15.99%, 20.99% or 25.99% on all other purchases; 0% for 15 months on balance transfers, then variable 15.99%, 20.99% or 25.99%.
Why We Picked It: NFL fans earn double points on NFL purchases and get exclusive discounts.
For the NFL Fan: You’ll earn double points on your NFL and team spending, including tickets, in-stadium purchases and at team pro shops. Points can be redeemed for cash back, game tickets or NFL experiences. You’ll also get 20% off purchases at NFLShop.com. Plus, eligible NFL ticket purchases are interest-free for six months.
Drawbacks: You’ll only earn double points at a limited number of officially approved merchants.

2. Citi ThankYou Preferred Card

Rewards: Two points per dollar spent on dining and entertainment, one point per dollar spent on other purchases
Signup Bonus: 15,000 bonus points when you spend $1,000 in the first three months
Annual Fee: $0
APR: 0% for 12 months, then variable 14.49% to 24.49%
Why We Picked It: You’ll earn double points on dining and entertainment purchases, including sporting events. (Full Disclosure: Citibank advertises on Credit.com, but that results in no preferential editorial treatment.) 
For the NFL Fan: If you go to a lot of games, the double points you earn on sporting events can rack up quickly. Points can be redeemed for gift cards, electronics, travel and more. There’s a 15,000-point signup bonus.
Drawbacks: If you tend to watch games at home, you won’t get as much value from this card.

3. Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express

Rewards: 6% cash back on up to $6,000 in annual spending at supermarkets, 3% cash back at gas stations and select department stores and 1% cash back on everything else
Signup Bonus: $100 bonus cash back when you spend $1,000 in the first three months (offers may vary)
Annual Fee: $0 intro annual fee for the first year of Card Membership, then $95.
APR: Variable 13.99% to 24.99%
Why We Picked It: If you love to tailgate or throw game day parties, this card can help.
For the NFL Fan: The 6% cash back rate at supermarkets comes in handy when you pick up food for tailgating or game day parties. You can also earn a hefty signup bonus.
Drawbacks: There’s a $95 annual fee after the first year.

4. Capital One Premier Dining Rewards Credit Card

Rewards: 3% cash back on dining, 2% cash back on groceries and 1% cash back on everything else
Signup Bonus: $100 bonus cash back when you spend $500 in the first three months
Annual Fee: $0
APR: Variable 15.49% to 24.49%
Why We Picked It: Fans who spend game day at sports bars can earn cash back all day.
For the NFL Fan: If you like to watch games surrounded by wings and beer at your local sports bar, you’ll earn 3% cash back on dining purchases on game day. Plus, there’s a $100 signup bonus.
Drawbacks: If you don’t spend a lot at restaurants, keep looking.

How to Choose a Card for Your NFL Purchases

The best card for your football fandom depends on your spending habits and how you wish to earn rewards.

Try to pick a card that rewards the way you spend. If you go to a lot of games, a card that rewards ticket or entertainment purchases might be right for you. If you throw a lot of game day parties, a card that rewards grocery purchases might be a good fit. If you like to hit sports bars, a card with dining rewards could be the right choice.

You should also take a close look at the card’s rewards and redemptions. Cash back and points rewards have varying redemption options, so make sure the card you’re considering earns rewards you’ll be motivated to redeem.

What Credit Is Required for a Card for Football Fans?

Cards with cash back or points rewards typically require good to excellent credit. Before you apply, you’ll want to be confident in your chances of approval, as a hard credit inquiry resulting from a credit card application can ding your credit score. You can check two of your credit scores for free at Credit.com.

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