Sports is an interesting area for Web 2.0 to seep into. Most users obtain their sports info from the big Guys. Based upon metrics ESPN.com, CBS.Sportsline.com and CNNSI.com rule the roost. You can get your news and fast at that. The following Web 2.0 players seek to add something additional. The ability to select your teams and get only news for your teams. Community or the ability to interact with other fans. The ability to blog and to comment. The ability to be a reporter and post user created photos and videos from the game. This is an interesting part of these Web 2.0 startups. The leader has to be FanNation. CNNSI is a formidable backer against some of the smaller startups. However the startups can gain a piece of the pie through innovation. After all that only benefits the end user. Anyhow here they are….
10 Sports Websites getting their Web 2.0 on.
- FanNation – http://www.fannation.com – “The Republic Of Sport”
CNNSi owns this one. So naturally it has sizable resources. It includes articles and pictures from CNN/SI. Not beta. Upon sign up the user has the ability to select their teams for each sport. It will then customize a news page based upon those teams.
- Yardbarker – http://yardbarker.com – “The Fan Powered Sports Network”
This is a non-beta Digg clone for sports. Social Networking features. TechCrunch Mashable
- Sportsnipe – http://www.sportsnipe.com
This site is all about aggregation. The large number of news feeds reference are presented in very clear manner. This site also includes video sources as well. This a great site monitor all the Sports news sources as well as importing your own source feeds. Mashable
- Sportspyder – http://sportspyder.com
A relative unknown this site does a good job at letting the registered user select teams from each sport it then aggregates new for all of your teams. One feature they do not have is a remixed feed of all your teams. For example, their is a feed for the Atlanta Braves and a feed for Carolina Panthers but no way for me to mix the two on my custom page. This would be a real plus. I will go to yahoo pipes to get this done for now.
- Baseballnooz http://www.baseballnooz.com
This site is all about community for Baseball fans. It include customized team(s) based news, fan forums, and photos. Check out the Mashable article.
- AreYouWatchingThis – http://areyouwatchingthis.com
This one is focused on just as it says “are you watching this.” It builds community that way and includes a “digg like” voting system for games and plays. It supports user submitted content as well, photos and forums. TechCrunch
- BallHype – http://ballhype.com
A digg clone for sports with groups and user submitted stories. Check it out on TechCrunch
- ScreamingSports – http://screamingsports.com
This one is all your Sports news with an emphasis on being a place to bring your fantasy team. You bring along your fantasy team from all the big guys Yahoo, ESPN, etc. and manage it at ScreamingSports. They will show you related news and player info. Check the TechCrunch article.
- FoxSportsBlog http://community.foxsports.com/blogs
FoxSports the TV presence joins the fray with a blog community.
- SBNation – Sports Blog Nation – http://www.sbnation.com
More Sports Blogs with a sizable user base.