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by Ted Kasten, Founder of PlayerSearch

SportsLine Founder to launch Open Sports Network

Mike Levy founded SportsLine in 1994 and sold it to Viacom/CBS in 2004. SportsLine has been the #1 premium fantasy sports site ever since it purchased commissioner.com. Mike’s latest initiative, the OPEN Sports Network, is taking direct aim at SportsLine (now CBSSports.com), Yahoo, ESPN and all other walled garden league commissioner services. OSN is planning to launch this upcoming NFL season which would make it the first open sports network. Yahoo just announced last week its plans to open up all of its services, including fantasy sports, but nothing has been launched yet.

TechCrunch has coverage here.

A more open industry would spur innovation and dramatically add to the overall fantasy sports experience. So both of these announcements are great for the industry and especially great for Advanced Sports Media. With open APIs available, the tools companies can create exciting new applications without requiring major partnerships (which are few and far between; we are the only tools company to partner with ESPN and CBS Sports and I know of no tools company that has a partnership with Yahoo, the ultimate walled in garden…so far). This is ideal for our Draft Analyzer software and for PlayerSearch.com. One great feature of our Draft Analyzer software is its integration with ESPN and CBS Sports league commissioner services (these APIs are part of a negotiated partnership and dramatically improve the ease of use and utility of the Draft Analyzer). Additional open APIs would enable us to create even more features within the Draft Analyzer to help users on draft day and throughout the season. PlayerSearch.com would be able to search these APIs and return results directly in its search results page.

This is an exciting development and I hope this trend continues and changes the fantasy sports industry for the better.

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April 28, 2008 Posted by | Open Fantasy Sports | | Leave a comment