Posts Tagged ‘smart phones’

FSB Daily 3/9: WCOFF, Synsport, Baseball Sharks, RotoWire

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

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

- Fantasy Players Association president Scott Atkins has a report on late WCOFF payments to 2010 winners, including this quote from co-owner Dustin Ashby: “We’re in the process of correcting a mistake that was made in the processing of player awards. The issue causing the delay has been corrected. We expect the distribution of awards to be completed soon.”

- Many might be unfamiliar with, but this week’s announcement that the site will likely shut down before the 2011 NFL season reminds us of the niches that remain in the fantasy industry and the dedication of those users. Creator John Marino also decries the effect of the big, free league providers.

- Tony Holm and his Fantasy Sharks crew recently launched, which just so happens to deal in fantasy baseball content.

- RotoWire recently rolled out a fantasy baseball draft kit app for the increasingly popular Android phone, which joins the existing iPhone version.

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FSB Daily 1/31: Neyer, ESPN, Meat Loaf, WCOFF, Fantasy Fishing

Monday, January 31st, 2011

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

- As he points out, Rob Neyer was hired 15 years ago by Starwave to edit fantasy content for the initial iteration of On Monday, he produced his final piece for ESPN.

- Sprint ID devices earlier this month launched the ESPN Pack, which enables fantasy-team management on the go, among other things.

- To anyone familiar with his fantasy prowess, it should come as no surprise that Meat Loaf knocked off Jerry Cantrell to win the ESPN-publicized Alice In Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League.

- Tony Windis and his girlfriend will be finishing their 2010 football season in Dallas this weekend at the Super Bowl, thanks to Windis’ victory in the World Championship of Fantasy Football. Oh yeah, he’ll have $300,000 to kick around as well.

- The Fantasy Fishing game from FLW Outdoors gained immediate attention by handing out $1 million grand prizes in each of its first two seasons before dipping to a $50,000 top amount last year. The 2011 season opened recently and will close with a $100,000 lead prize.

- Even if ice fishing ain’t necessarily your bag (baby), this guy has the right idea with creating a fantasy-type scoring system for other activities in your life. After all, that’s how all these fantasy sports got their start anyway.

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Yahoo! Makes Citizen Deal Official

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

As expected, Yahoo! announced Wednesday that it had signed an agreement to buy San Francisco-based Citizen Sports.

“Sports has been among the earliest online categories to experience rapid social proliferation, and the combination of Citizen Sports’ leading products with our world-class sports experience on Yahoo! Sports is a win-win for sports fans globally,” senior VP Bryan Lamkin of Yahoo!’s Consumer Products Group said in the official release.

Mike Kerns, co-founder and CEO of Citizen Sports added: “Citizen Sports was founded with the intent to enable fans to access news, scores and fantasy games on the platform of their choice. We look forward to becoming a part of Yahoo! and bringing our social experiences to their 600 million users around the globe.”

As mentioned in the previous report, Citizen came to market as ProTrade back in 2004. The company moved away from its central stock-trading game (now closed) in the past several years to focus on developing applications for social networks and smart phones. That effort included the November 2008 acquisitions of competing companies Sport Interactiva, FantasyBook and Sportacular.

The Yahoo! release says that Citizen brings applications for social networks Facebook, MySpace and hi5, and for the iPhone and Android — applying to sports from the prep level to the pros.

Yahoo! says the deal is expected to be finalized in the second quarter of 2010.