Basketball Scoreboard Deluxe is an attractive digital scoreboard made for use with big-screen displays. Although the program could be a little simpler, we liked its appearance and the level of customization it offers.
The scoreboard itself is sleek and clean-looking, with easy-to-read text. We liked that the colors of all of the scoreboard elements could be customized, and that users could add team mascots and other images to the scoreboard. We found the scoreboard's appearance to be quite professional-looking and attractive. Actually using the scoreboard, however, will likely take a bit of practice. It wasn't at all obvious how to even access the program's controls; we had to consult the Help file just to do that. It turns out that F2 brings up the program's options, and controlling the clock and other scoreboard elements is a matter of using hot keys. Fortunately, these are customizable, but users will probably need to create a cheat sheet to use during game play. It's easy enough to remember that the S key starts and stops the clock, but will you recall that Page Up adds three points to the home team's score? A separate control component would have been better, but this is a simple program aimed at schools and recreational leagues, so we can't fault it for its lack of sophistication. Overall, we found this program to be a good choice as long as users are willing to put some effort into mastering the controls.
Basketball Scoreboard Deluxe is free to try, but the trial version has a nag screen. It comes as a zip file, but installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to all users.