Athlon Sports Communications
|Headquarters||Nashville, Tennessee, USA|
|Spencer Hays (majority owner)|
Athlon Sports Communications, Inc., also known as Athlon Sports or simply Athlon, is a media company founded in 1967 with expertise in publishing and sports marketing that is based in Nashville, Tennessee. Nashville's Spencer Hays is its majority stockholder.
It publishes preseason, single-title sports annuals, on professional and college sports. The annuals are sold at newsstands in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Europe.
Athlon's 15 magazines include Athlon Sports monthly, Pro Football, Fantasy Football, National College Football, Southeastern Football, Atlantic Coast Football, Big Ten Football, Big 12 Football, Big East Football, Pac-10 Football, Baseball, College Basketball, Pro Basketball, Racing and Golf. Athlon's digital properties include AthlonSports.com, which has daily coverage of the sports it covers.
In February 2006, it acquired Grogans Sports Information Inc., a fantasy sports publisher based in Littleton, Colorado, that publishes "Grogans Fantasy Football Analyst" in-season scouting reports.
In June 2010, Athlon Sports Communication appointed Anthony Flaccavento publisher for Athlon Sports magazine. Athlon Sports is a monthly publication that launched in October 2010. Athlon Sports began with a circulation of seven million, and grew to nine million in 2011.
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