Tuesday, September 21
Updated: September 19, 6:33 PM ET

ESPN.COM CONTINUES TO REIGN AMONG SPORTS SITES; SITE CONTINUES TO SHOW YEAR-OVER-YEAR GROWTH, the leading sports site, continued to widen its lead over competitors, generating 7.185 million unique users in August, a 15% increase from a year ago, according to the August Media Metrix survey. By comparison, the sites attracted 5.218 million unique users last month, and had 3.136 million.
Press Release and MSN Team Up to Combine Best of Sports With Leading MSN Content and Services
REDMOND, Wash., and NEW YORK - Sept. 6, 2001 - MSN®, the most popular Internet destination in the world, and, the world's leading sports site, today announced an agreement to deliver to consumers access to ESPN's online sports content on the Web through the MSN network of Internet services <>. Kicking off today, ( will be the exclusive sports content provider for the MSN sports channel ( and will have preferred positioning on the MSN home page.’s sports content will be uniquely integrated with MSN and will carry MSN branding and links throughout the site. MSN services will now be available directly from to the millions of consumers who visit both sites every month.
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ESPN and have teamed up to present VERGE Saturday, a week-long interactive celebration of college football, featuring the Georgia Tech-Florida State matchup in Tallahassee on Saturday, Sept. 15 (ESPN, 7:45 p.m. ET). VERGE Saturday will be highlighted by real-time, online coaching analysis during the game from former head coaches John Cooper and Jim Donnan via Enhanced Television. will also present player diaries, daily reports from each campus, Webcams, an Internet-only audio show and more.
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ESPN.COM ACQUIRES SPORTSJONES.COM, the leading sports site, has completed the acquisition of, an Internet sports magazine featuring insight from a variety of alternative viewpoints and voices. Daily content from the SportsJones team will be integrated throughout beginning Friday, Aug. 31, and will cease to publish independently. was previously owned by Newcity, a media company that operates a network of sites and a flagship newspaper in Chicago.
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For the fourth time in five years,, the leading sports site, has been awarded the prestigious 2001 People's Voice Award for sports. The People's Voice Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, were announced last night at the 5th Annual Webby Awards in San Francisco. The People's Voice Awards are selected by the online community of Internet users who cast votes for their favorite Web sites. This year, nearly 400,000 votes were cast.
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ESPN.COM LAUNCHES WEB'S MOST COMPREHENSIVE OUTDOORS SECTION, in conjunction with Winnercomm, Inc., in Tulsa, Okla., has launched its outdoors section ( with the most in-depth, comprehensive coverage of fishing and hunting on the Web. In addition to the latest headlines, analysis and television listings, has teamed up with several industry leaders to provide features such as an online license sales center, extensive weather reports and fantasy fishing leagues.
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A recent online BrandImpact®; study conducted by Millward Brown IntelliQuest for and Universal Pictures shows that's Big Impression ad unit, the Internet's first oversized ad unit that was introduced by last September, was three times more effective in generating an impact than traditional banner advertising when promoting Universal's upcoming movie, The Mummy Returns.
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ESPN INTERNET GROUP AWARDED TOP HONORS BY SPORTS BUSINESS JOURNAL has been named the Top Sports Web Site by Sports Business Journal as part of the magazine's first annual New Media Awards, honoring achievement in new media during the past year. In addition, John Skipper, senior vice president and general manager of ESPN Internet Group, was named Top New Media Executive. The awards come at a time when is experiencing tremendous growth and continuing to introduce new innovations to the marketplace. is part of the Walt Disney Internet Group.
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ESPN.COM RETURNS WITH UNPRECEDENTED COVERAGE AND ACCESS TO 2001 NFL DRAFT ACTION will once again present unprecedented coverage and access to the 2001 NFL Draft, held April 21 & 22 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Featuring the exclusive "DraftTracker," will deliver the most comprehensive, in-depth live coverage and analysis available for the NFL Draft, including scouting reports and player bios on more than 700 draft-eligible players, and expert commentary from ESPN and analysts as well as current and former NFL players and personnel. The site will also debut Draft news and information via a wireless platform, including the ability to track picks by player, team, round, school or position. Draft coverage is accessible at is part of the Walt Disney Internet Group.
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ESPN.COM AND SPORTSCAPSULE LAUNCH UNPRECEDENTED HIGHLIGHT PROJECT, the leading sports site, and New York-based SportsCapsule, a service that creates custom video season highlight reels, have teamed up to offer an exclusive service for youth sports teams, the Highlight Project. The Highlight Project will provide 1,000 youth teams with custom highlight reels featuring their team's biggest plays enhanced with graphics, music, effects and play calls by ESPN announcers, including Chris Berman, Dan Patrick, Rich Eisen, Suzy Kolber and others. Registration for the Highlight Project is available exclusively through the site ( to the first 1,000 youth teams in any team sport at any age level through high school. is part of the Walt Disney Internet Group.
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ESPN.COM REMAINS CLEAR LEADER IN ONLINE SPORTS, ACCORDING TO LATEST MEDIA METRIX SURVEY remains the worldwide leader in online sports, generating a record 7.9 million unique users in March, a 27% increase from March 2000, according to the March Media Metrix survey. The previous high was set in September 2000 with 7.5 million unique users. By comparison, the sites generated 5.65 million unique users last month, while had 2.956 million. is part of the Walt Disney Internet Group..
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Steven M. Bornstein has been named president, ABC Television, it was announced today by Michael D. Eisner, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, and Robert A. Iger, president and COO. In his new role, Bornstein will oversee the ABC Television Network, ABC's ten owned television stations and Buena Vista Television, a provider of syndicated television programming.
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ESPN.COM GARNERS RECORD 830,000 SIGN-UPS FOR ESPN'S TOURNAMENT CHALLENGES, the leading sports site, generated more than 830,000 sign-ups for its sixth annual ESPN Tournament Challenges, the free contests challenging users to pick the winners of each game throughout the NCAA Division I college basketball tournaments. is part of the Walt Disney Internet Group (NYSE:DIG).
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ESPN.COM WIDENS ITS LEAD OVER COMPETITORS, ACCORDING TO FEBRUARY MEDIA METRIX SURVEY, the leading sports site, continues to widen its lead over its competitors, garnering 6.1 million unique users in February, a 29% increase from a year ago, according to February Media Metrix figures. By comparison, attracted 4.1 million unique users last month, and the family of sites had 3.73 million. is part of the Walt Disney Internet Group (NYSE:DIG).
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ESPNRADIO.COM LAUNCHES WITH ON-DEMAND LIVE AUDIO, INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS AND INTERACTION WITH ESPN RADIO BROADCASTERS, the leading sports site, has launched (, the online home of the nation's largest sports radio network, ESPN Radio. In addition, Amstel Light, Coleman Exponent and Dippity-Do Sport have come on board as charter advertisers. is part of the Walt Disney Internet Group (NYSE:DIG).
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ESPN.COM, AT&T WIRELESS & CHEVY TRUCKS TEAM UP TO TAKE SUBSCRIBERS COURTSIDE FOR THE WIRELESS TOURNEY PICK'EM GAME, AT&T Wireless and Chevy Trucks have teamed up to get AT&T Digital PocketNet® users off the bench and into the action with's first-ever wireless Tourney Pick'Em Game, a round-by-round game surrounding the Men's NCAA Division I Tournament. is part of the Walt Disney Internet Group (NYSE:DIG).
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Registration has begun for the sixth annual ESPN Men's Tournament Challenge Presented by AT&T & EMC, the largest Internet tournament of its kind, having generated more than 660,000 registrants last year. The site has also debuted the first-ever Wireless Tournament Challenge, available to fans any time via their PalmÔ VII series handheld computers or other wirelessly enabled Palm handheld. is part of the Walt Disney Internet Group (NYSE:DIG).
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Halberstam joins's page 2 as regular columnist
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Halberstam has joined's Page 2 as a regular columnist and will pen bi-weekly columns on myriad topics surrounding the world of sports. The author of 12 bestsellers, including Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made, joins gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, veteran writer Ralph Wiley and humorist Nick Bakay as Page 2 contributors.
Press Release and Sportscapsule team up to offer custom video highlight reels for all ages, the leading sports site, and New York-based Sportscapsule will team up this spring to launch, a fee-based service that creates custom video season highlight reels - known as "sportscapsules" - for teams or athletes participating in any sport at any level. The service can be accessed via or at is part of the Walt Disney Internet Group (NYSE:DIG).
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ESPNDEPORTES.COM adds new design, live scoring, community section, a Spanish-language sports site produced by ESPN Internet Group serving the Latin American and U.S. Hispanic communities, has implemented a new design, added live scoring for the NBA, Major League Baseball, NFL and Latin American soccer, and built a community section featuring live user chats, polls, and message boards. is part of the Walt Disney Internet Group (NYSE:DIG).
Press Release wraps up 2000 as the leading sports site, the leading sports site, is wrapping up a year that saw it handily maintain its position as the premier producer of online sports content, introduce an innovative new means of selling Internet ads, and debut the pioneering, off-beat Page 2 feature. The site also experience record-breaking traffic numbers in September, with a site-record 7.4 million unique users, according to Media Metrix. is part of Walt Disney Internet Group (NYSE:DIG).
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Jimmy V Classic audio broadcast on will offer sports fans the opportunity to interact with an audio broadcast of a sports event when the worldwide leader in online sports provides exclusive audio for the Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday, Dec. 19, featuring Tennessee vs. Virginia and Seton Hall vs. Michigan State. The Jimmy V Classic presented by Ernst & Young, held at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J., is an annual college basketball doubleheader on ESPN featuring four of the nation's top teams. Proceeds benefit The V Foundation, established by ESPN with the late Jim Valvano. is part of Walt Disney Internet Group (NYSE:DIG).
Press Release and Broadband Sports team up, the leading sports Web site, and Broadband Sports, a leading sports media company that produces and distributes proprietary sports content, have teamed up to jointly create and program a new Athletes Channel on The channel complements's award-winning news, information and entertainment content by giving sports fans unfiltered interaction with their favorite sports stars. Broadband Sports is the official content provider for the Athletes Channel, which will feature commentary, news, chats, interviews and game analysis directly from the athletes whose personal Web sites are produced by AthletesDirect (, a division of Broadband Sports.
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The Pulse: Where to be on the Internet and ESPN The Magazine begin taking The Pulse of sports on the Internet. The new site - an online extension of The Magazine and its front-of-the-book section called The Pulse - is an innovative, interactive guide that scours the Internet for time-saving links to the best sports sites and stories each weekday.
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New "This is SportsCenter" Promotional Spots Debut Nov. 15 on
The latest batch of ESPN's "This is SportsCenter" ad campaign promos will debut first on prior to appearing on the television network, beginning Wed., Nov. 15 and includes spots from the band, Bon Jovi, and comedian Carrott Top.
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Official Dick Vitale site launches
The official Dick Vitale Web site ( boasting exclusive columns and analysis, video and audio highlights, chats, text and audio postcards from the road and more, has launched, giving hoops fans "all things V" from arguably the nation's most recognizable college basketball analyst. The site is produced by ESPN Internet Group, part of Walt Disney Internet Group (NYSE:DIG), and can also be accessed via
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McDonough named VP of ad sales for EIG
J. Riley McDonough has been named vice president of advertising sales for ESPN Internet Group (EIG), part of Walt Disney Internet Group (NYSE:DIG). McDonough will be based in EIG's New York office and will report to Scott Schiller, senior vice president of branded advertising and sponsorship sales, Walt Disney Internet Group.
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EIG sets record for unique users; 37 percent increase form August 1999
ESPN Internet Group (EIG), part of Walt Disney Internet Group (NYSE:DIG), generated record traffic in August, registering more than twice the number of page views of, the family of sites, and Fox Sports Online combined, according to recently released Media Metrix figures. In terms of traffic to its Olympics section, experienced twice as many unique visitors than its nearest general sports site competitor.
Press Release, Student Advantage team up with exclusive college sports coverage, the leading sports Web site, and Student Advantage's FANSonly Network, the Internet's largest college sports network, are extending their relationship to create the most comprehensive college sports offerings on the Web, including live radio game broadcasts of more than 50 college football teams, including Notre Dame and Florida State, official live statistics and play-by-play tracking.
Press Release goes mobile with SBC Wireless and Nokia
In another move to allow consumers to receive information they want while on the go, SBC Wireless (NYSE:SBC), Nokia, and today announced that SBC Wireless and Nokia are the exclusive wireless sponsors of's popular 3Play interactive sports game.
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ESPN, ABC and DIG enhance your viewing pleasure
More than 333,000 viewers took advantage of Walt Disney Internet Group (NYSE:DIG) & ABC, Inc.'s Enhanced TV telecasts of ESPN's Sunday Night Football and ABC's Primetime Emmy Awards program Sunday, September 10.
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Nike Store at to launch this fall and this fall are launching an online Nike store at the first anchor store of the Mall - as re-launches its shopping area. The Nike store at will enable ESPN users to purchase Nike products online.
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ABC, ESPN, DIG rollout Enhanced TV for every primetime NFL game
Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2000 -- Walt Disney Internet Group (NYSE:DIG) and ABC Television will produce Enhanced TV coverage of every ABC Monday Night Football and ESPN Sunday Night Football telecast during the 2000 NFL season, enabling football fans to access live synchronized programming with every primetime NFL telecast on ABC and ESPN this fall.
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EIG generates 70 percent of page views among internet sports producers
Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2000 -- ESPN Internet Group (EIG), part of Walt Disney Internet Group (NYSE:DIG), held tightly to its leadership position in the Internet sports category in July, according to recently released Media Metrix figures.
Press Release, team up for innovative programming and marketing relationship
Monday, August 28, 2000 --, the leading sports Web site, has teamed up with, the 24-hour online basketball network, to provide basketball fans with the most innovative, ambitious hoops programming on the Internet.
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John Clayton expands ESPN duties to include
Tuesday, August 8, 2000 -- Noted ESPN NFL reporter John Clayton has joined as senior writer, providing columns, feature stories and chats with users.
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Walt Disney Internet Group Purchases Remaining Interest in Soccernet
Thursday, August 3, 2000 -- Walt Disney Internet Group (NYSE:DIG) is purchasing the remaining 40 percent of Soccernet ( from Daily Mail and General Trust that it did not purchase in August of 1999, hereby assuming complete ownership of world's most popular football site.
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Dan Patrick hits for the cycle
Monday, July 31, 2000 -- SportsCenter anchor launches site on to accompany ESPN, ESPN The Magazine, and ESPN Radio presence. The site launch coincides with the debut of Patrick's ESPN radio program on WEVD 1050 AM in New York City.
Press Release sites provide content for Verizon Wireless' Mobile Web service
Tuesday, July 18, 2000 -- (NYSE:GO) has reached an agreement with Verizon Wireless by which sites and will be premier providers of news and sports content for Mobile Web service, and Mr. Showbiz and the portal will be preferred content providers.
Press Release launches July 12
The official ESPN Great Outdoors Game Web site, a joint effort between ESPN Internet Group and Times Mirror Magazines' Field & Stream and Outdoor Life magazines, launches today with a full complement of features targeted toward the inaugural Games taking place July 20-23 in Lake Placid, N.Y. ESPN Internet Group is part of (NYSE:GO). and, the leading hunting and fishing web sites, will provide the structure, depth and reporting for the service,

Jon Scher joins ESPN The Magazine as senior editor of its Internet integration
Thursday, July 6, 2000 -- ESPN The Magazine Editor in Chief John Papanek announced today that Jon Scher has joined the staff as senior editor of the magazine's Internet integration.
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ESPN Internet Group and NBA extend and relations
Thursday, June 29, 2000 -- ESPN Internet Group (EIG), part of (NYSE:GO), and the National Basketball Association have signed a multi-year deal renewing their long-term and relationships, it was announced today.
Press Release is sports fans' favorite sports site
Monday, June 26, 2000 -- According to the recent Harris Survey, is sports fans' favorite sports site by a 33:1 margin. The Turner Broadcasting Survey also finds to be the most effective TV-Branded site.
Press Release calls for entries to ESPN's Tube Film Festival
Monday, May 22, 2000 -- is now accepting submissions for the inaugural Tube Film Festival, the action sports film/video festival to be held August 20-21 in conjunction with the 2000 X Games in San Francisco, Calif. The Tube Film Festival is being presented by ESPN and, the Web site produced by (NYSE:GO) dedicated to action sports enthusiasts, lifestyles and events.
Press Release are premier content providers for AT&T PocketNet® service
Thursday, May 19, 2000 -- (NYSE:GO) has reached an agreement with AT&T Wireless by which sites and are the premier news and sports providers, respectively, on AT&T's new PocketNet® service.
Press Release's 3Play generates 6.3 million plays
Monday, May 15, 2000 -- 3Play, the first-of-its kind online sports game offering fans daily cash prizes based on how real-life pro athletes fare during actual games, has generated more than 6.3 million plays via 840,000 unique users since launching Saturday, April 1. The number of daily plays continues to grow, with a high of 250,000 playing on Monday, May 8. 3Play is presented by 1-800 CALL ATT Collect. is part of (NYSE:GO).
Press Release, win 2000 Webby Awards
Friday, May 12, 2000 -- A pair of (NYSE:GO) sites, and, garnered three awards at last night's 2000 Webby Awards ceremony in San Francisco. The Webby's, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, are divided into 27 categories including sports, news, travel, finance and politics.
Press Release joins forces with
Wednesday, May 10, 2000 -- and have launched the most comprehensive video golf instructional content online, housed within's Golf Online section (
Press Release has stickiest sports site
Tuesday, May 2, 2000 -- ESPN Internet Group (EIG), the worldwide leader in online sports, also remains the producer of the stickiest sports content on the Web, with users spending an average of nearly 42 minutes on EIG sites in March, according to Media Metrix.
Press Release earns accolades
Monday, May 1, 2000 --, part of (NYSE:GO), has received several honors recently as the top sports Web site, re-affirming its position as the worldwide leader in online sports.
Press Release launches new Horse Racing package
Monday, May 1, 2000 -- - part of (NYSE: GO) - has teamed up with Winnercomm and NTRA Productions to provide visitors to with expanded and unparalleled Web coverage of Horse Racing.
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ESPN Internet Group attracts new users
Thursday, April 27, 2000 -- ESPN Internet Group (EIG), part of (NYSE:GO) and the worldwide leader in online sports, saw its number of unique users increase by 22 percent from February to March as it continued to hold a healthy lead in the Internet sports marketplace.
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3 Play has 1 million hits
Thursday, April 13, 2000 -- 3Play, the first-of-its kind online sports game offering fans daily and weekly cash prizes based on how real-life pro athletes fare during actual games, has generated more than 1 million plays since launching Saturday, April 1.
Press Release launches 3Play
Tuesday, April 4, 2000 --, part of (NYSE:GO), has introduced 3Play Presented by 1 800 CALL ATT Collect, a game featuring on-the-field sports competition in a free, fun and compelling format that will also dole out more than $300,000 in cash prizes this month. 3Play Presented by 1 800 CALL ATT Collect is an interactive, multi-sport game whose players compete for daily and weekly prizes, not to mention bragging rights, by simply logging on to and finding out "Who They Got?"
Press Release reaches milestone
Thursday, March 16, 2000 --, part of (NYSE:GO), marks its fifth anniversary on April 1, 2000, heralding five years as the most popular sports site on the Internet. The online sports landscape has changed dramatically in the last five years, but one thing has remained constant... more people go to for their daily sports fix than any other site.
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