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Yahoo! Sports
File:YahooSportsHomepage.PNG
Top: A typical Yahoo! Sports homepage.
URL http://sports.yahoo.com/
Type of site Sports
Owner Yahoo!
Created by Yahoo!
Launched December 8, 1997
Current status Public

Yahoo! Sports was launched on December 8, 1997.[1] Previously certain elements of Yahoo! Sports were named Yahoo! Scoreboard before the launch of Yahoo! Sports. Yahoo! Sports is fed a majority its information from STATS, Inc.[2] Yahoo! Sports has various writers along with team pages in almost every sport. On January 17, 2003 Yahoo! Sports launched their first major redesign of the website. On May 30, 2006 they launched the Yahoo! Sports Beta website. On February 1, 2007 the beta website was taken offline. On January 30, 2007 they put the following on the homepage "What if your favorite sports site got even better? The all new Yahoo! Sports. Coming soon." On February 1, 2007 they launched the current homepage.

Contents

Sports covered

Yahoo! Sports covers many sports, including NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, College Football, College Basketball, NASCAR, Golf, Tennis, World Soccer, Arena Football, Boxing, CFL, Cycling, IndyCar, Major League Soccer, Motor sports, Olympics, NCAA Baseball, NCAA Hockey, NCAA Women's Basketball, WNBA, World Cup, Track & Field, Cricket (UK), Figure Skating, Rugby (UK), Swimming, Mixed Martial Arts, and Horse Racing.[3] Yahoo! Sports also previously covered the now defunct ABL and WUSA.

Writers

Yahoo! Sports also has many writers, including: Dan Wetzel, Adrian Wojnarowski, Jason Cole, Charles Robinson, Jeff Passan, Josh Peter, Tim Brown, Kevin Iole, Dave Meltzer, Bob Margolis, Jerry Bonkowski, John Murphy, Michael Silver, Matt Buser, Terry Bowden, Kenny Smith, Matt Romig, Martin Rogers, James C. Black, Brandon Funston, Greg Anthony, Cris Carter, Gordon Edes[4] and Gerry Ahern.[5]

Key dates

  • December 8, 1997 - Yahoo! Sports is launched.[1]
  • January 17, 2003 - Yahoo! Sports launched their first major redesign of the website.[6]
  • February 8, 2006 - Yahoo! Sports launched the Yahoo! Sports Blog.[7]
  • May 8, 2006 - Yahoo! Sports starts streaming free live NHL games.[8]
  • May 30, 2006 - Yahoo! Sports launched the Yahoo! Sports Beta website.[9]
  • January 30, 2007 - Yahoo! Sports puts the following on the homepage "What if your favorite sports site got even better? The all new Yahoo! Sports. Coming soon."
  • February 1, 2007 - Yahoo! Sports launched the current homepage.[10]
  • February 1, 2007 - Yahoo! Sports Beta website was taken offline.
  • June 21, 2007 - Yahoo! Sports acquires Rivals.com.[11]

Yahoo! Fantasy Sports

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Yahoo! Fantasy Sports page

Yahoo! Fantasy Sports is a section of Yahoo! Sports which was launched on December 8, 1997.[1] Yahoo! Fantasy Sports was created with Yahoo's acquisition of Sportasy.com for an undisclosed amount in December 1998.[12]

It has grown to include numerous sports. Yahoo! offers both free and pay fantasy sports.[13] The types of games offered include traditional fantasy sports, pick 'em contests, and salary cap games.[citation needed]

Yahoo! Fantasy Sports has captured a substantial fraction of the fantasy sports market. In the week ending May 6, 2006, its fantasy baseball product accounted for 35% of visits to fantasy sports sites. The main fantasy sports url represented another 25% of category visits that week. [14] The site had 3.1 million users in July 2006 of the more than 15 million adults that play fantasy sports in the United States.[15]

Blogs

Sport Title Editor
NFL Shutdown Corner Matthew J. Darnell
MLB Big League Stew Kevin Kaduk
NBA Ball Don't Lie J.E. Skeets
NHL Puck Daddy Greg Wyshynski
College football Dr. Saturday Matt Hinton
College basketball The Dagger Eamonn Brennan
NASCAR From the Marbles Jay Busbee
Golf Devil Ball Golf Jay Busbee
Olympics Fourth-Place Medal Chris Chase & Maggie Hendricks
Mixed martial arts Cagewriter Steve Cofield
Fantasy sports Roto Arcade Andy Behrens
Tennis Busted Racquet Chris Chase

Notable accomplishments

  • In 2006 it was revealed that "Fans spend more time on Yahoo! Sports than any other sports site" according to comScore Media Metrix.[16]
  • Before the 2006 NFL Draft, Yahoo! Sports revealed the allegations that Reggie Bush accepted gifts from an upstart sports marketing firm in exchange for his patronage. They have since issued several updates on the story.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Yahoo! Inc (Dec. 8, 1997). "Yahoo! Launches Yahoo! Sports.". Press Release. http://yhoo.client.shareholder.com/press/ReleaseDetail.cfm?ReleaseID=173303. Retrieved March 26, 2007.. 
  2. STATS Inc. "STATS Client List". STATS. http://biz.stats.com/client.asp. Retrieved April 3, 2007. 
  3. Yahoo Inc. "Yahoo! Sports Site Map". Yahoo! Sports. http://sports.yahoo.com/top/gen/sitemap. Retrieved March 26, 2007. 
  4. Bill Ballou (2008-08-02). "Bay grew up idolizing Sox:Diamond Dust". Worcester Telegram & Gazette. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05063/466029.stm. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  5. Yahoo! Inc (N.D.). "Yahoo! Sports Opinion & Analysis". http://sports.yahoo.com/top/expertscorner. Retrieved March 26, 2007. 
  6. Yahoo! Inc (Jan. 20, 2003). "Re-Launched Yahoo! Sports Site Brings Unique Content, Sports Personalities and Real-Time Event Coverage to Fans Online". Yahoo! Media Relations. http://docs.yahoo.com/docs/pr/release1054.html. 
  7. Cris [Yahoo! Sports Developer] (February 8, 2006). "You, the fans....". Yahoo! 360°. http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-6DUCtjYoaLYIUQbGbJMG6_NjrA--?cq=1&p=1. Retrieved March 26, 2007. 
  8. Shields, Mike (May 10, 2006). "Yahoo Sports, OLN to Stream NHL Games, Tour de France". MediaWeek. http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/news/interactive/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1002500859&imw=Y. Retrieved March 26, 2007. 
  9. Cristobal [Yahoo! Sports Developer] (May 30, 2006). "beta.sports.yahoo.com is live!". Yahoo! 360°. http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-6DUCtjYoaLYIUQbGbJMG6_NjrA--?cq=1&p=27. Retrieved March 26, 2007. 
  10. Matt Bloom [Yahoo! Sports Senior Product Manager] (February 5, 2007). "The all-new Yahoo! Sports". Yahoo! 360°. http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-6DUCtjYoaLYIUQbGbJMG6_NjrA--?cq=1&p=394. Retrieved March 26, 2007. 
  11. Kramer, Staci D. (20 Jun 2007). "It’s Official: Yahoo Acquires Rivals.com; Not Official But True: It Cost About $100 Million". Paid Content. http://www.paidcontent.org/entry/419-its-official-yahoo-acquires-rivalscom/. Retrieved January 10, 2008. 
  12. Slawski, Bill (January 3rd, 2006). "Early Yahoo! Acquisitions (the 1990s)". SEO by the Sea. http://www.seobythesea.com/?p=81. Retrieved March 26, 2007. 
  13. Berr, Jonathan (October 1, 2005). "Yahoo! Blitzes Fantasy Foes". thestreet.com. http://www.thestreet.com/_tscrss/tech/jonathanberr/10245259.html. Retrieved February 27, 2008. 
  14. Prescott, LeeAnn (May 19, 2006). "Fantasy Sports Online". Consumer Action. iMedia Connection. http://www.imediaconnection.com/content/9599.asp. Retrieved May 3, 2008. 
  15. Holahan, Catherine (September 1, 2006). "Fantasy Football 2.0". Business Week. http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/sep2006/tc20060901_880554.htm?chan=technology_technology+index+page_today's+top+stories. Retrieved February 27, 2008. 
  16. Yahoo! Inc (2006). "Truth about Yahoo!". Yahoo Advertising. http://advertising.yahoo.com/facts/. Retrieved March 26, 2007. 

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