Rivals.com

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Rivals.com
Type of site
Sports recruiting information
Available inEnglish
OwnerVerizon Media
Websiterivals.com
Alexa rankPositive decrease 886 (May 2017)[1]
CommercialYes
RegistrationYes & No (depending on individual usage)
LaunchedNovember 4, 1998; 20 years ago (1998-11-04)[2]
Current statusOnline

Rivals.com is a network of websites that focus mainly on college football and basketball recruiting in the United States. The network was started in 1998 and currently employs more than 300 personnel.[3]

History[edit]

Rivals.com was founded in 1998 by Jim Heckman in Seattle, Washington, with a cadre of outside investors.[4] Heckman was once the son-in-law of Don James, the former head football coach at the University of Washington, where Heckman attended school and was later involved in a recruiting scandal.[5] Initial deriving revenue solely from advertising, Rivals.com later employed a subscription fee of $10.00 per month to users for access to the latest recruiting news and to participate in various message boards dedicated to schools covered by the network. Rivals was funded by money from venture capital firms including the venture funds of Fox and Intel.

Rivals acquired AllianceSports, a regional network that primarily covered college sports in the Southeast of the United States, in January 2000.[6] At its peak, Rivals.com employed close to 200 people, operated a network of 700 independent websites, filed for an initial public offering worth $100 million led by Goldman Sachs, and sponsored the Hula Bowl in Hawaii.[7] However, economic troubles and the collapse of the dot-com "bubble" soon led the Rivals Network, the parent company of Rivals.com, to cease operations in 2001, though it never sought bankruptcy protection.[7] Executives from AllianceSports purchased the Rivals.com assets and subsequently relaunched the website.[8] Heckman, who had been fired as chief executive officer, later started a competitor network named The Insiders, which was later renamed Scout.com[8] and sold to Fox Interactive Media in 2005 for a reported $60 million.[9]

Led by former AllianceSports executive Shannon Terry, Rivals.com became profitable. On June 21, 2007, Yahoo! agreed to acquire Rivals.com.[10][11] Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but several sources reported Yahoo! paid around $100 million.[12]

Rivals subscribers automatically have their subscription renewed for a term equal to the original term upon expiration of the then-current term, and continually thereafter, unless the subscriber terminates the subscription by phone at least 48 hours prior to the renewal date.[citation needed]

Schools[edit]

The individual collegiate sites at rivals.com can be found here (viewable only from within the United States).

Schools featured at Rivals include all members of the Power Five conferences:

  • ACC
    • Notre Dame, a football independent and listed as such by Rivals, is a full ACC member in non-football sports.
  • Big Ten
  • Big 12
  • Pac-12
  • SEC

Rivals also has sites for all football members of the American Athletic Conference (though not for incoming non-football member Wichita State).

Conferences that have sites for some of their schools include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rivals.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  2. ^ "Rivals.com WHOIS, DNS, & Domain Info - DomainTools". WHOIS. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
  3. ^ "Rivals.com - About Us". August 7, 2001.
  4. ^ David Eckoff, "Seattle PI: Jim Heckman wheels, deals", Retrieved April 5, 2012
  5. ^ ROBBINS, DANNY (February 6, 1993). "James' Son-in-Law Asked Cougar Recruit to Renege" – via LA Times.
  6. ^ "Rivals.com". alliancesports.rivals.com.
  7. ^ a b "Venture Capital: Rivals.com is dead; long live Rivals.com".
  8. ^ a b "Ex Rivals Founder Shannon Terry Looking to Challenge Rivals, Scout, and ESPN with College Recruiting Network 2.0, 24/7 Sports". www.benkoo.com.
  9. ^ "James Heckman - CEO @ theMaven Network, Inc. - crunchbase". www.crunchbase.com.
  10. ^ "Yahoo! Inc. - Company Timeline". Wayback Machine. July 13, 2008. Archived from the original on July 13, 2008. Retrieved July 19, 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  11. ^ "Yahoo". Yahoo.
  12. ^ "Adweek". www.mediaweek.com.

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