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Yahoo Sports
Yahoo Sports homepage
Top: A typical Yahoo Sports homepage.
Web address https://sports.yahoo.com/
Type of site Sports
Owner Yahoo
Created by Yahoo
Launched December 8, 1997
Current status Public

Yahoo Sports is a sports news website launched by Yahoo on December 8, 1997. It receives a majority of its information from STATS, Inc.,[1] employs various writers, and has team pages for teams in almost every North American sport. (Before the launch of Yahoo Sports, certain elements of the site were known as Yahoo Scoreboard.)

Sports covered[edit]

The United States edition of Yahoo Sports covers many sports, including NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, College Football, College Basketball, NASCAR, golf, tennis, FIFA World Cup, 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.[2] Yahoo Sports also previously covered the now defunct ABL and WUSA.

Writers[edit]

Yahoo Sports employs a deep bench of award-winning reporters, which as of December 2012 includes Pat Forde, Adrian Wojnarowski, Dan Wetzel, Greg Wyshynski, Jason Cole, and Jeff Passan among others.

Key dates in Yahoo Sports[edit]

  • December 8, 1997: Yahoo Sports is launched.[citation needed]
  • January 17, 2003: Yahoo Sports launched the first major redesign of the website.[3]
  • February 8, 2006: Yahoo Sports launched the Yahoo Sports Blog.[4]
  • May 8, 2006: Yahoo Sports starts streaming free live NHL games.[5]
  • May 30, 2006: Yahoo Sports launched the Yahoo Sports Beta website.[6]
  • January 30, 2007: Yahoo Sports puts the following on its sports homepage: "What if your favorite sports site got even better? The all new Yahoo Sports. Coming soon."[citation needed]
  • February 1, 2007: Yahoo Sports launched the current homepage.[7]
  • February 1, 2007: Yahoo Sports Beta website was taken offline.
  • June 21, 2007: Yahoo Sports acquires Rivals.com.[8]
  • January 11, 2011: Yahoo Sports combines with SportsFanLive.com. to begin producing ThePostGame.com, a daily online magazine.[9]
  • August 26, 2013 Yahoo Sports page launches a new graphical look with dark backgrounds and bigger text. The new redesign was met with highly negative reactions [10][11]

Yahoo and NBC Sports Group[edit]

On December 9, 2012, Yahoo and the NBC Sports Group announced a content and promotional deal[12] combining Yahoo Sports’ original reporting expertise, coverage of big events, Rivals’ college content and popular fantasy sports products with NBC Sports Group’s growing digital assets, and significant television promotion and integration.

While Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Group will continue to maintain separate sites and editorial control of their respective newsrooms and digital properties, they will collaborate on premium sports news and events coverage both online and on the air. Yahoo Sports’ popular products will also be included in the NBC Sports Group’s digital assets.

Key features of the alliance include:[13]

Editorial Depth: The combined talent roster of Yahoo Sports and NBC Sports features a deep bench of award-winning reporters and commentators, such as NBC’s Bob Costas and Mike Florio; Yahoo Sports’ Dan Wetzel and Adrian Wojnarowski. Yahoo Sports’ renowned investigative reporting will be featured on NBC TV, giving fans multiple-platform delivery.

Original Video Programming Concepts: Yahoo Sports and NBC Sports will work together to develop original made-for-web video programs that will appear on both Yahoo Sports and NBCSports.com featuring fan favorites from among the award-winning editorial teams’ rosters, including:

NBC Sports host and Emmy Award-winning commentator Bob Costas: video sports news interviews and editorials Football Night in America’s Tony Dungy & Rodney Harrison: video segments during NFL season

Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk on NBCSports.com: daily, weekday NFL web show, Pro Football Talk Live

Rivals on Recruiting: weekly college recruiting show with Rivals and NBC Sports talent.

Live Streaming: Yahoo Sports will link to and promote the NBC Sports Live Extra video player. Fans will be able to watch live streams of some of NBC’s biggest events, starting with Sunday Night Football and NHL Game of the Week. Live content from NBC Sports Network will continue to be distributed through NBC Sports Live Extra on a TV Everywhere basis.

Fantasy Sports: Yahoo Sports, the leading fantasy platform, will become the exclusive fantasy game provider of NBC Sports’ Rotoworld, the premiere fantasy news and information site. This will include Yahoo Sports’ fantasy experiences for football, baseball, hockey, soccer, College Bowl Pick’em and Tourney Pick’em.

Rivals.com: The college sports destination will power recruiting and college sporting news for NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports Regional Networks.

NBC Sports Regional Networks: The authentic, local sports properties will serve as Yahoo Sports’ preferred content provider in relevant markets, and integrate Yahoo Sports’ team pages, fantasy experts and sports talent.

NBC’s Alli Sports: Providing youth-focused, action-sports video and other content to Yahoo Sports.

Yahoo fantasy football website crash[edit]

On Sunday, November 11, 2012 Yahoo Fantasy sports experienced an outage. By Monday, November 12 the problem had been identified and service was re-established. The Street published a story about this incident, telling readers that the Twitter account of Marissa Mayer, Yahoo's new CEO, was flooded with complaints and that Yahoo responded by emailing an apology to its users.[14]

Blogs[edit]

Sport Title Editor
NFL Shutdown Corner Frank Schwab
MLB Big League Stew Kevin Kaduk
NBA Ball Don't Lie Kelly Dwyer
NHL Puck Daddy Greg Wyshynski
College football Dr. Saturday Graham Watson
College basketball The Dagger Jeff Eisenberg
NASCAR From the Marbles Jay Busbee
Golf Devil Ball Golf Shane Bacon
Olympics Fourth-Place Medal Maggie Hendricks
Mixed martial arts Cagewriter Maggie Hendricks
Fantasy sports Roto Arcade Andy Behrens
Tennis Busted Racquet Shane Bacon
Soccer Dirty Tackle Brooks Peck
High School Sports Prep Rally Cameron Smith

Notable accomplishments[edit]

  • In 2006 it was revealed that "Fans spend more time on Yahoo Sports than any other sports site" according to comScore Media Metrix.[15]
  • 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.
  • On August 16, 2011, Yahoo Sports broke the story of a massive scandal involving the University of Miami, based on over 100 hours of interviews with former Hurricanes booster and convicted fraudster Nevin Shapiro.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ STATS Inc. "STATS Client List". STATS. Retrieved April 3, 2007. 
  2. ^ Yahoo Inc. "Yahoo Sports Site Map". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved March 26, 2007. 
  3. ^ 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. Retrieved March 26, 2007. 
  4. ^ Cris [Yahoo Sports Developer] (February 8, 2006). "You, the fans....". Yahoo 360°. Retrieved March 26, 2007. 
  5. ^ Shields, Mike (May 10, 2006). "Yahoo Sports, OLN to Stream NHL Games, Tour de France". MediaWeek. Retrieved March 26, 2007. [dead link]
  6. ^ Cristobal [Yahoo Sports Developer] (May 30, 2006). "beta.sports.yahoo.com is live!". Yahoo 360°. Retrieved March 26, 2007. 
  7. ^ Matt Bloom [Yahoo Sports Senior Product Manager] (February 5, 2007). "The all-new Yahoo Sports". Yahoo 360°. Retrieved March 26, 2007. 
  8. ^ Kramer, Staci D. (Jun 20, 2007). "It's Official: Yahoo Acquires Rivals.com; Not Official But True: It Cost About $100 Million". Paid Content. Retrieved January 10, 2008. 
  9. ^ Sandomir, Richard (January 11, 2011). "Yahoo Sports Adds an Online Magazine". The New York Times. 
  10. ^ http://www.chatsports.com/sports-tech/a/Yahoo-Sports-website-redesign-has-users-in-an-uproar-10-211-249
  11. ^ http://news.slashdot.org/story/13/08/27/1422223/yahoo-sports-redesign-sparks-controversy-disdain-from-users?utm_source=rss1.0moreanon&utm_medium=feed
  12. ^ Stelter, Brian (December 9, 2012). "Media Reporter". New York Times. 
  13. ^ Fuchs, Ken. "Head of Yahoo Sports". Yodel Anecdotal. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  14. ^ By Chris Ciaccia (2012-11-11). "Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's First Flub". TheStreet. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  15. ^ Yahoo Inc (2006). "Truth about Yahoo". Yahoo Advertising. Archived from the original on May 1, 2007. Retrieved March 26, 2007. 
  16. ^ Robinson, Charles (August 16, 2011). "Renegade Miami football booster spells out illicit benefits to players". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved September 7, 2011. 

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