OPENSports is a comprehensive platform of products and services that brings together breaking sports news, social media tools, user generated content and multimedia applications to create the ultimate community-oriented destination. OPEN Sports users will be able to compete against other passionate fans with next-generation fantasy games. In addition, users have the ability to participate in a new kind of social experience around gameday, get the latest sports news and information from the best national and local sources, and keep their friends and other sports fans informed by uploading relevant videos, photos and stories.
OPENSports is creating a site to meet consumers demand for everything sports, from stats and games to news and commentary. e-Marketer (July 24, 2008) estimates that total revenues for US sports sites will reach $2.96 billion in 2012, up from $1.49 billion in 2007. OPEN Sports will continue to roll out additional tools and content for all major sports – starting with NCAAF, NHL, NBA and continuing into 2009 with NASCAR, PGA TOUR, March Madness and MLB – as well as niche sports like MMA, Poker and more.
OPENSports users will be able to compete against other passionate fans with next-generation fantasy games. In addition, users have the ability to participate in a new kind of social experience around gameday, get the latest sports news and information from the best national and local sources, and keep their friends and other sports fans informed by uploading relevant videos, photos and stories. Users can even become their own sports editor – organizing and seeing the content most relevant to them.
“Seeing an opportunity to build something by and for every sports fan, we launched OPENSports.com to provide a new way to engage fans with sports content and community. We are focused on serving each and every sports fan with a next-generation experience that is guided by a user-first philosophy, deep content and new and innovative applications,” said by Mike Levy, founder and former CEO. “We will empower our users to make OPENSports their personal sports site.”
OPENSports is the latest venture of Mike Levy, founder and former CEO of SportsLine.com and publisher of CBS SportsLine.com, NFL.com, PGATours.com and NCAASports.com. Levy is a pioneer in the Internet sports media space with a proven track record in creating and innovating sports content online. He served as Chairman, President and CEO of SportsLine.com from its inception in February 1994 through its acquisition in December 2004. During its heyday of the Internet boom years, SportsLine.com’s market valuations routinely exceeded $1 billion and was acquired by Viacom for $46.41 million.
OPENSports is led by Mike Levy, the founder of CBS SportsLine.com, Rob Phythian, the founder of Fanball.com, and other key executives and advisors including former E-Trade CEO Christos Cotsakos, former Office Depot Chair & CEO David Fuente, Dr. Salomon Melgen, CEO of Vitreo-Retinal and Peter Pezaris, CEO of Multiply.