Yahoo Sports

Yahoo Sports is a sports news website launched by Yahoo! on December 8, 1997. It receives a majority of its information from STATS, Inc.[2] It employs numerous writers, and has team pages for teams in almost every North American major sports. Before the launch of Yahoo Sports, certain elements of the site were known as Yahoo! Scoreboard.

From 2011 to 2016, the Yahoo Sports brand had also been used for a U.S. sports radio network. That network is now known as SB Nation Radio.

Yahoo Sports
Yahoo! Sports Logo
Yahoo Sports homepage
Yahoo Sports Homepage
Type of site
Sports
OwnerYahoo! (1997–2017)
Oath Inc. (2017–present)
Created byYahoo!
Websitesports.yahoo.com
LaunchedDecember 8, 1997[1]
Current statusActive

Sports covered

The United States edition of Yahoo Sports covers many sports, including WWE, NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, college football, college basketball, NASCAR, golf, tennis, FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League, Premier League, arena football, boxing, CFL, cycling, IndyCar, Major League Soccer, motorsport, Olympics, NCAA baseball, NCAA ice hockey, NCAA women's basketball, WNBA, alpine skiing World Cup, track & field, cricket (UK), figure skating, rugby (UK), swimming, mixed martial arts, and horse racing.[3] Yahoo Sports also previously covered the now defunct ABL and WUSA.

Writers

Yahoo Sports employs a deep bench of award-winning reporters, which as of July 2018 includes Pat Forde, Dan Wetzel, Pete Thamel, and Jeff Passan among others.

Key dates in Yahoo Sports

  • December 8, 1997: Yahoo Sports is launched.[4]
  • January 17, 2003: Yahoo Sports launched the first major redesign of the website.[5]
  • February 8, 2006: Yahoo Sports launched the Yahoo Sports Blog.[6]
  • May 8, 2006: Yahoo Sports starts streaming free live NHL games.[7]
  • May 30, 2006: Yahoo Sports launched the Yahoo Sports Beta website.[8]
  • February 1, 2007: Yahoo Sports launched the current homepage.[9]
  • February 1, 2007: Yahoo Sports Beta website was taken offline.
  • June 21, 2007: Yahoo Sports acquires Rivals.com.[10]
  • January 11, 2011: Yahoo Sports combines with SportsFanLive.com. to begin producing ThePostGame.com, a daily online magazine.[11]
  • August 26, 2013: Yahoo Sports page launches a new graphical look with dark backgrounds and bigger text. The new redesign was met with highly negative reactions.[12][13]
  • June 3, 2015: the NFL awards Yahoo Sports the exclusive right to broadcast the October 25 game between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars from London, England, via free livestream.[14]
  • January 29, 2016: Yahoo Sports launches The Vertical subsection for news involving the NBA.

Yahoo and NBC Sports Group

On December 9, 2012, Yahoo and the NBC Sports Group announced a content and promotional deal[15] combining Yahoo Sports’ original reporting expertise, coverage of big events, Rivals’ college content and popular fantasy sports products with NBC Sports Group’s growing digital assets, and significant television promotion and integration.

While Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Group will continue to maintain separate sites and editorial control of their respective newsrooms and digital properties, they will collaborate on premium sports news and events coverage both online and on the air. Yahoo Sports’ popular products will also be included in the NBC Sports Group’s digital assets.

Key features of the alliance include:[16]

Editorial Depth: The combined talent roster of Yahoo Sports and NBC Sports features a deep bench of award-winning reporters and commentators, such as NBC’s Bob Costas and Mike Florio; Yahoo Sports’ Dan Wetzel and Adrian Wojnarowski. Yahoo Sports’ renowned investigative reporting will be featured on NBC TV, giving fans multiple-platform delivery.

Original Video Programming Concepts: Yahoo Sports and NBC Sports will work together to develop original made-for-web video programs that will appear on both Yahoo Sports and NBCSports.com featuring fan favorites from among the award-winning editorial teams’ rosters, including:

NBC Sports host and Emmy Award-winning commentator Bob Costas: video sports news interviews and editorials Football Night in America’s Tony Dungy & Rodney Harrison: video segments during NFL season

Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk on NBCSports.com: daily, weekday NFL web show, Pro Football Talk Live

Rivals on Recruiting: weekly college recruiting show with Rivals and NBC Sports talent.

Live Streaming: Yahoo Sports will link to and promote the NBC Sports Live Extra video player. Fans will be able to watch live streams of some of NBC’s biggest events, starting with Sunday Night Football and NHL Game of the Week. Live content from NBC Sports Network will continue to be distributed through NBC Sports Live Extra on a TV Everywhere basis.

Fantasy Sports: Yahoo Sports, the leading fantasy platform, will become the exclusive fantasy game provider of NBC Sports’ Rotoworld, the premiere fantasy news and information site. This will include Yahoo Sports’ fantasy experiences for football, baseball, hockey, soccer, College Bowl Pick’em and Tourney Pick’em.

Rivals.com: The college sports destination will power recruiting and college sporting news for NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports Regional Networks.

NBC Sports Regional Networks: The authentic, local sports properties will serve as Yahoo Sports’ preferred content provider in relevant markets, and integrate Yahoo Sports’ team pages, fantasy experts and sports talent.

NBC’s Alli Sports: Providing youth-focused, action-sports video and other content to Yahoo Sports.

Blogs

Sport Title Editor
NFL Shutdown Corner Frank Schwab
MLB Big League Stew Kevin Kaduk
NBA Ball Don't Lie
NHL Puck Daddy
College football Dr. Saturday Graham Watson
College basketball The Dagger Jeff Eisenberg
NASCAR From the Marbles Jay Busbee
Golf Devil Ball Golf Shane Bacon
Olympics Fourth-Place Medal Maggie Hendricks
Mixed martial arts Cagewriter Maggie Hendricks
Fantasy sports Roto Arcade Andy Behrens
Tennis Busted Racquet Shane Bacon
Association Football Dirty Tackle Brooks Peck
High School Sports Prep Rally Cameron Smith

Notable accomplishments

  • In 2006 it was revealed that "Fans spend more time on Yahoo Sports than any other sports site" according to comScore Media Metrix.[17]
  • Before the 2006 NFL Draft, Yahoo Sports revealed the allegations that Reggie Bush accepted gifts from an upstart sports marketing firm in exchange for his patronage. They have since issued several updates on the story.
  • On August 16, 2011, Yahoo Sports broke the story of a massive scandal involving the University of Miami, based on over 100 hours of interviews with former Hurricanes booster and convicted fraudster Nevin Shapiro.[18]
  • On June 23, 2016, Yahoo Sports via The Vertical name-hosted the first-ever live stream of an NBA draft by hosting the 2016 NBA Draft and unveiling information as it was revealed, which usually happened moments in advance before the original selections were revealed on TV.[19] The livestream produced over 2.8 million unique viewers for an average of 34 minutes per user, with there being 3.7 million viewers throughout the course of over four hours of extensive coverage. It also beat out ESPN's viewership results for the draft, with it holding a rating of 2.4 million viewers.[20] This resulted in their return to the livestream for the 2017 NBA Draft on June 22 a year later.

References

  1. ^ "Yahoo! Inc. - Company Timeline". Wayback Machine. 2008-07-13. Archived from the original on July 13, 2008. Retrieved 2016-07-19.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  2. ^ STATS Inc. "STATS Client List". STATS. Retrieved April 3, 2007.
  3. ^ Yahoo Inc. "Yahoo Sports Site Map". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved March 26, 2007.
  4. ^ Jennylyn Besonia. "The Yahoo Company And Its Services" (PDF).
  5. ^ Yahoo Inc (Jan 20, 2003). "Re-Launched Yahoo Sports Site Brings Unique Content, Sports Personalities and Real-Time Event Coverage to Fans Online". Yahoo Media Relations. Retrieved March 26, 2007.
  6. ^ Cris [Yahoo Sports Developer] (February 8, 2006). "You, the fans..." Yahoo 360°. Retrieved March 26, 2007.
  7. ^ Shields, Mike (May 10, 2006). "Yahoo Sports, OLN to Stream NHL Games, Tour de France". MediaWeek. Archived from the original on April 21, 2007. Retrieved March 26, 2007.
  8. ^ Cristobal [Yahoo Sports Developer] (May 30, 2006). "beta.sports.yahoo.com is live!". Yahoo 360°. Retrieved March 26, 2007.
  9. ^ Matt Bloom [Yahoo Sports Senior Product Manager] (February 5, 2007). "The all-new Yahoo Sports". Yahoo 360°. Retrieved March 26, 2007.
  10. ^ Kramer, Staci D. (Jun 20, 2007). "It's Official: Yahoo Acquires Rivals.com; Not Official But True: It Cost About $100 Million". Paid Content. Retrieved January 10, 2008.
  11. ^ Sandomir, Richard (January 11, 2011). "Yahoo Sports Adds an Online Magazine". The New York Times.
  12. ^ "Yahoo Sports website redesign has users in an uproar". Retrieved September 17, 2014.
  13. ^ "Yahoo! Sports Redesign Sparks Controversy, Disdain From Users — Slashdot". Retrieved September 17, 2014.
  14. ^ "Yahoo's NFL Deal Will Put Online TV to the Test". Wired. Retrieved June 3, 2015.
  15. ^ Stelter, Brian (December 9, 2012). "Media Reporter". New York Times.
  16. ^ Fuchs, Ken. "Head of Yahoo Sports". Yodel Anecdotal. Retrieved December 9, 2012.
  17. ^ Yahoo Inc (2006). "Truth about Yahoo". Yahoo Advertising. Archived from the original on May 1, 2007. Retrieved March 26, 2007.
  18. ^ Robinson, Charles (August 16, 2011). "Renegade Miami football booster spells out illicit benefits to players". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved September 7, 2011.
  19. ^ "NBA DRAFT LIVE on The Vertical".
  20. ^ Russell, Jake (June 25, 2016). "'The Vertical' NBA draft show live stream was a huge hit with fans. Sorry, ESPN" – via www.washingtonpost.com.

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2008 California Golden Bears football team

The 2008 California Golden Bears football team represented the University of California, Berkeley in the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They played their home games at California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, California and are coached by Jeff Tedford. California hosted Michigan State to begin the season on August 30, 2008 and closed the season at home against the University of Washington on December 6, 2008. In addition to the slate of nine conference games, five at home and four on the road, the Golden Bears traveled to College Park, Maryland to play the Maryland Terrapins, while having hosted Michigan State and Colorado State.

The Bears finished the regular season in fourth place in the Pac-10 and accepted a bid to the 2008 Emerald Bowl on December 27, where they defeated the Miami Hurricanes. The team improved on its 2007 season record of 7–6 to 9–4 and spent most of the season unranked, breaking into the AP Top 25 three times only to get knocked out each time following a loss. The Bears were finally ranked #25 in the Coaches' Poll and just missed getting into the AP Top 25 in January 2009.

2009 California Golden Bears football team

The 2009 California Golden Bears football team represented the University of California, Berkeley in NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) competition during the 2009 season. The Golden Bears were led by eighth-year head coach Jeff Tedford.

California hosted Maryland to begin the season on September 5, 2009, and ended the regular season at Washington on December 5, 2009. In addition to the slate of nine conference games, four at home and five on the road, the Golden Bears traveled to Minneapolis, Minnesota to play the Minnesota Golden Gophers, hosting Maryland and Eastern Washington.

The Bears matched their 2008 regular season record of 8–4, finishing tied for fifth in the conference with the former reigning conference champion, USC. They accepted a bid to the 2009 Poinsettia Bowl, where they lost to Utah on December 23, snapping a four bowl game winning streak going back to 2004. The Bears also did not produce a 1,000-yard rusher for the first time since 2002. The team was ranked as high as no. 6 and spent almost half the season unranked.

2011 University of Miami athletics scandal

In 2011, the University of Miami Hurricanes football and men's basketball programs were investigated for NCAA rules violations alleged to have taken place from 2002 to 2010, centering on improper benefits given by booster Nevin Shapiro, and reported by investigative reporters at Yahoo! Sports.

Adrian Wojnarowski

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Carlos Zambrano

Carlos Alberto Zambrano Matos (born June 1, 1981), nicknamed "Big Z" or "El Toro", is a Venezuelan professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago Dogs of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 2001 to 2012 for the Chicago Cubs and Miami Marlins. Zambrano, who stands 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) and weighs 275 pounds (125 kg), was signed by the Cubs as a free agent in 1997 and made his debut in 2001. After being used in both starting and relief duties, he enjoyed his first full season as a starter in 2003, finishing with a 13–11 record, 168 strikeouts and a 3.11 ERA.

Zambrano is known as one of the best hitting pitchers of recent times. He was a switch-hitter with a career .238 batting average with 24 home runs, 71 RBIs and a slugging percentage of .396. The 24 home runs are the most ever by a Cubs pitcher. He also tied with Ferguson Jenkins for the club record for home runs by a pitcher in a single season, hitting six in 2006. Zambrano was called on to pinch hit 20 times in his career and won a Silver Slugger Award three times for his hitting.Zambrano was the only National League pitcher to win at least 13 games in each year from 2003 to 2008. In 2006, he became the first player from Venezuela to lead the National League in wins.

Charissa Thompson

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Dave Meltzer

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Since 1983, he has been the publisher and editor of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (WON). He has also written for the Oakland Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Yahoo! Sports, and The National Sports Daily. He has extensively covered mixed martial arts since UFC 1 in 1993 and currently covers the sport for SB Nation. He has been called "the most accomplished reporter in sports journalism" by Frank Deford of Sports Illustrated.He is also a frequent lecturer on many aspects of the business of MMA, professional wrestling, and boxing at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.

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List of University of Central Florida alumni

The University of Central Florida (UCF) is a metropolitan public research and space-grant university located on a 1,415-acre (5.73 km2) main campus in Orlando, Florida, United States. UCF is a member institution of the State University System of Florida and is the largest university in the United States in terms of undergraduate enrollment. It was founded in 1963 as Florida Technological University with the goal of providing highly trained personnel to support the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Florida's Space Coast. After the university's academic scope expanded in the mid and late 1970s to encompass a wider variety of disciplines, the school was renamed The University of Central Florida in 1978. Initial enrollment in 1968 was 1,948 students; as of 2014, the university has 59,770 students from more than 140 countries, all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Since the university's first graduating class in 1970, UCF has awarded more than 250,000 degrees, including 45,000 graduate and professional degrees, to over 200,000 alumni.UCF alumni have made research contributions to optics, modeling and simulation, digital media, engineering and computer science, business administration, education and hospitality management. Among the most notable are Gene Frantz('71), inventor of the Texas Instruments Speak and Spell, and father of digital signal processing. Numerous graduates have gained notoriety in the fields of law, government, and public policy, with alumni including a Prime Minister, a Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, a United States Assistant Secretary of State, a Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department of the Treasury, a Director of the National Reconnaissance Office, and a Director of the Secret Service; in addition to numerous members of the Florida Cabinet, Florida House of Representatives and Florida Senate, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronauts, and numerous officers in the armed forces through a unique partnership between the university and the U.S. military. Alumni have also achieved success as executives in major organizations and Fortune 500 companies, such as Boeing, Busch Entertainment Corporation, Darden Restaurants, Ericsson, Google, NASCAR, the Orlando Magic and Texas Rangers, Sun Sports and Fox Sports Florida, Raymond James Financial, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, and Yahoo!

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As a college quarterback, Grossman led the Florida Gators to the 2000 Southeastern Conference (SEC) championship, the 2001 Sugar Bowl, the 2002 Orange Bowl, and the 2003 Outback Bowl. He was a consensus first-team All-American and was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in 2001.

Grossman spent most of his first three NFL seasons with the Chicago Bears sidelined with injuries. He completed his first full NFL season in 2006, leading the Bears to a National Football Conference Championship and a Super Bowl berth. He lost his starting job three weeks into the 2007 season, and primarily served as the team's backup quarterback afterward. He spent a year as a back-up quarterback for the Houston Texans in 2009, before becoming the Washington Redskins' starting quarterback in the final three games of 2010; and throughout most of the 2011 season. He was also a backup quarterback for the Cleveland Browns and Atlanta Falcons in 2014 and 2015, but never made a regular season appearance with either team.

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WWCS

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