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Type of site
Available in English
Owner CBS Interactive
Created by Michael Levy
Alexa rank 588 (April 2014)[1]
Commercial Yes
Registration Available
Current status Active (formerly CBS and SportsLine USA) is an American sports news website operated by the CBS Interactive division of CBS Corporation. It is the website for CBS's CBS Sports division, featuring news, video, and fantasy sports games.



In 1997, the service entered into a content-sharing partnership with Viacom. SportsLine also entered into agreements to operate official websites for the NCAA, NFL, and PGA Tour. The company later launched a co-branded website for CBS Sports (then-owned by Viacom), CBSSportsLine[2]

CBS purchase[edit]

In August 2004, already holding a 38% stake in the company, Viacom announced that it would acquire the remainder of SportsLine in a deal valued at $46 million ($1.75 per-share), and re-align it with the CBS Sports division (owing to Viacom's ownership of CBS at the time).[2][3] The company originally operated as a division of CBS Sports, reporting to its president Sean McManus.

Fantasy Sports[edit] got into the fantasy sports business early on, producing games in 1997. In 1998, partnered with Daedalus World Wide Corporation, a producer of online fantasy sports products. would acquire Daedalus World Wide Corporation in 1999, using their products as the basis of its fantasy sports business going forward. Initially, charged a subscription fee to play its fantasy games. However, in July 2000 the company decided to drop all fees associated with its fantasy sports games and starting offering the products free of charge. The switch caused a massive amount[quantify] of sign-ups for its fantasy sports games. However, the move to free fantasy sports products did not last long as just two years later switched back to a subscription-based model to run their fantasy sports business. Behind the popularity of the Commissioner product, which has been voted the best fantasy sports league manager service by the FSTA in eight of the last nine years,[citation needed] fantasy sports are a significant portion[quantify] of's business.

In August 2015, the SportsLine brand was revived for a new subscription-based site featuring advanced statistics and sports prediction content.[4]

Notable Accomplishments[edit]

  • November 6, 1995- SportsLine USA was ranked as the #1 sports service on the Web by Interactive Sports Wire. SportsLine USA received an overall rating of 86 percent, a full eight percent in front of ESPNet.[5]
  • June 27, 1997- SportsLine USA, Inc., CEO Michael Levy was named 1997 Florida Entrepreneur of the Year by a panel representing Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Services LLP. Levy, 50, won in the "Emerging" category for companies less than five years old.[6]
  • March 9, 1998- SportsLine USA, Inc., publisher of CBS SportsLine (, the Internet's leading sports Web site[according to whom?], announced that CBS SportsLine was awarded the prestigious 1998 Webby Award in the sports category.[7]
  • December 16, 1998- SportsLine USA, Inc. announced today that its popular CBS SportsLine Web site ( has been named "Best Sports Site" by NetGuide ( NetGuide 99's "The Year's Best of the Web" recognizes exceptional sites in 22 separate categories ranging from Best Chat site to Best News site to Best Sports site.[8]
  • September 26, 2000- Dennis Dodd, CBS's college football senior writer, earned a first-place award in the annual Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Best Writing Contest for the second consecutive year.[citation needed]
  • January 8, 2008- The winners of the 59th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards were announced and and CBS Sports were honored for their production of March Madness on Demand, the online video experience that provides live streaming video of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.
  • April 30, 2012- The winners of the 33rd Annual Sports Emmy Awards were announced and was honored for its production of the Game of Honor Web Series.[9]



  • Gregg Doyel- National Columnist
  • Clark Judge- NFL
  • Pete Prisco- NFL
  • Jason La Canfora- NFL
  • Pat Kirwan- NFL
  • Rob Rang- NFL Draft
  • Jamey Eisenberg- Fantasy Football
  • Dave Richard- Fantasy Football
  • Dennis Dodd- College Football
  • J. Darin Darst- College Football
  • Tony Barnhart- College Football
  • Bruce Feldman- College Football
  • Ken Berger- NBA
  • Scott Miller- MLB
  • Jon Heyman- MLB
  • Scott White- Fantasy Baseball
  • Al Melchior- Fantasy Baseball
  • Nando Di Fino- Fantasy Baseball
  • Gary Parrish- College Basketball
  • Jerry Palm- College Sports
  • Michael Hurcomb- Fantasy Sports


This news feature is updated in real time on consisting of 32 correspondents in each NFL city to report the news as it happens.


Freshman of the Year[edit]

Since 2006, the Freshman of the Year award is given yearly to the top college football newcomer.[10] Previous Winners


Traditional Games[edit]

  • Free Leagues (NFL,NBA,NHL,MLB)- Comprehensive free game listings aimed at beginners to learn popular fantasy games. First-timers and inexperienced users can experience the nuances of fantasy sports and master all the great features Fantasy Football. Free leagues are not eligible for league champion prizes. The College Football game is the only one available on a major sports website.
  • Premium Leagues (NFL,NBA,NHL,MLB)- The pay games offer better competition with the chance to win league prizes for the more dedicated and experienced players.
  • Commissioner Leagues (NFL,NBA,NHL,MLB)- Customizable league settings

Challenge Games/Brackets[edit]

  • NFL Game Pick 'em Contest- Pick the winners of every NFL each week competing against experts or friends.
  • Office Pool Manager- Choose picks with spreads, confidence weighting or in a survivor format
  • Bracket Manager- Men's college basketball tournament bracket competition
  • Round by Round Brackets- With each new round of the tournament, Round by Round brackets brings a new chance to make picks and win cash.

Awards from Fantasy Sports Trade Association(FSTA)[edit]

  • 2001 Best Fantasy Football League Manager- CBS commissioner
  • 2001 Best Fantasy Football Big Business of the Year
  • 2002 Best Fantasy Football League Manager
  • 2002 Best Fantasy Baseball Commissioner Service
  • 2003 Best Fantasy Baseball League Manager
  • 2004 Best Commissioner
  • 2004 Best Online Marketing Campaign
  • 2006 Best Online Service
  • 2008 Best Draft Style Contest
  • 2009 Best Fantasy Commissioner League Management Product
  • 2009 Best Online/Mock Draft Room
  • Lifetime Achievement Award- Commissioner

Fantasy Writers[edit]

  • Jamey Eisenberg
  • Sergio Gonzalez
  • Michael Hurcomb
  • Jeff Lippman
  • Al Melchior
  • Dave Richard
  • Scott White
  • Nando Di Fino


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ a b " Taking Viacom's Buyout Offer". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Viacom Purchases All of". Adweek. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "CBS Bets Fantasy Sports Fans Will Pay for a New Site With an Old Name". Re/code. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  5. ^ CBS Sports (November 6, 1995). "Sportsline USA ranked #1 sports service on the web" (Press release). CBS Sports. Retrieved October 19, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Michael Levy named Florida Entrepreneur of the Year" (Press release). June 27, 1995. Retrieved October 19, 2010. 
  7. ^ "CBS Sportsline scores 1998 Webby Award" (Press release). March 9, 1998. Retrieved October 19, 2010. 
  8. ^ CBS Sports (December 16, 1998). "CBS Sportsline named Best Sports Site" (Press release). Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  10. ^ NCAA College Football - News, Scores, Stats, Schedule and BCS Rankings

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