FSB Daily 2/23: RotoExperts, Bloomberg, Accuscore, Wainwright

February 23rd, 2011

A roundup of items recently posted on the FSB News page.

- David Hersh, who formerly served as vice president of fantasy sports for CBS Sportsline after coming over in the Commissioner.com acquisition, has joined RotoExperts as a senior adviser.

- In conjunction with MLB.com, Bloomberg Sports has rolled out the second season of its Front Office product of fantasy baseball tools, which it promises will be easier for consumers to use.

- You Digital Media has reached a deal with Accuscore that will allow the latter to create and present video representations of its data sets. (If you know just what that means without reading more, you’re smarter than I.)

- We don’t do player-news stuff in this space, but I thought it worth lamenting that we haven’t even reached the starting of spring-training games and already a fantasy ace seems on his way to Tommy John surgery. Consider Adam Wainwright the latest argument in favor of drafting as close to the season as possible.

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OPEN Sports Closed

February 20th, 2011

First, the news, for those who haven’t heard it: OPEN Sports is apparently no longer operating. Navigating to OpenSports.com will deliver you to a Network Solutions “under construction” page. Attempting to visit FantasyLive.com, which OPEN Sports rolled out for the start of football season, won’t take you anywhere.

Many of our readers are probably already aware of this development, and we have been as well since last month. Frankly, there are two reasons that FSB.com has not mentioned the change at OPEN before now:

1) At the time we found out, it appeared that the situation had reached this point long enough prior that many within the fantasy sports industry knew. It seemed like one of those things that we failed to notice in the crunch of football season.

2) We haven’t been able to track down any specific information on what transpired.

OPEN Sports drew immediate attention because it was created by Sportsline founder Mike Levy. It further made a splash by landing a deal to provide fantasy games for FOXSports.com.

FSB.com has yet to inquire with FOX about its plans for 2011 fantasy baseball, and a message on the site’s landing page for that game (as of Sunday night) says: “We are currently preparing FOX Fantasy Baseball for the 2011 season. Please check back in mid-February to join or create a league.”

This update comes as a result of the trickle of e-mails we’ve been receiving over the past month as more fantasy folks become aware of the OPEN situation. We’ll share any further information that might become available.


FSB Daily 2/18: NFL.com, FFPC, Fantazzle, Razzball, Lester’s Legends

February 18th, 2011

A roundup of items recently posted on the FSB News page.

- NFL.com’s Michael Fabiano sat down this week with fantasy football MVP Arian Foster. Spoiler alert: He didn’t pass along the hug that so many of us would like to give.

- John Haskell described in a recent interview with DraftSharks.com’s Jared Smola the agony created by having to wait for the delayed Vikings-Eagles tilt to deliver him $100,000.

- A couple of interesting things going on over at Fantazzle.com this weekend: For starters, as fantasy NASCAR options dwindle, Fantazzle opens its racing season with Sunday’s Daytona 500. And for fantasy basketball fans — or anyone looking for a reason to be interested in the all-star game — there’s an NBA fantasy game that combines the Sunday showcase with elements of the skills competition.

- Razzball.com is on the lookout for football writers.

- LestersLegends.com will take a look at you whether your game is football, baseball, basketball or the NFL draft. (Take that hockey and soccer BS elsewhere, though.)

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Sirius Drafts Cliff Floyd to Its Fantasy Baseball Team

February 14th, 2011

You might remember Cliff Floyd from such fantasy baseball seasons as 2005, when you scoffed at the buddy who drafted the then-Met only to luck into a career-high 34 homers and your league’s title.

This season, perhaps Floyd can point you toward some similar values.

That’s because the man who played for eight major-league teams over 17 seasons — most recently the Padres in 2009 — kicked off his career as a fantasy host on Monday.

Floyd will sit behind the mic three days a week on Sirius XM Fantasy Baseball, which airs 2-5 p.m. Eastern and also counts former Mets GM Steve Phillips as a host.

“We all know that winning is the name of the game in fantasy baseball,” Floyd said in the press release. “I’m looking forward to helping our listeners sort through pitcher/batter matchups, stats and all the other things that factor into wins and losses so all those fantasy GMs can dominate their leagues.”

Floyd debuted with the Expos in 1993 and also spent time with the Marlins, Red Sox, Cubs and Rays, in addition to the aforementioned Mets and Padres.