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Fanbase Launches Web's Largest User-driven Almanac of Athletes
Aug 24, 2009 (08:08 AM EDT)


SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Fanbase ( HASH(0x12a9950) ), the web's largest almanac of pro and college athletes, today announced the public launch of the first centralized online resource for comprehensive data on millions of athletes. The site currently includes dedicated pages for 1,741,397 athletes and 20,723 teams across 23 diverse sports, including all major professional leagues and NCAA Division I, II, and III collegiate athletics. In its limited public beta period, Fanbase has already attracted more than 500,000 users who have made more than 60,000 contributions, demonstrating the enthusiasm of the sports community for a service of this kind.

Similar to Wikipedia and the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), the Fanbase platform is entirely user-driven. Anyone can contribute by submitting or editing player and team pages, as well as adding rich content such as photos, videos, articles, and trivia. The company's long-term vision is to be the definitive source of information on every athlete that has ever played sports, from famous to not-so-famous, professional to amateur, and present-day to distant past.

Users can easily search for information on their favorite players, whether well-known athletes, family members, friends, or themselves. Additionally, those who have Facebook accounts can instantly find friends who have athlete pages by clicking on the "Connect with Facebook" button on the Fanbase home page.

"Whether as a player or a fan, few things in life generate as much passion as sports," said Nirav Tolia, president and CEO of Fanbase. "We created Fanbase for users to showcase their enthusiasm for their favorite athletes and teams."

"Some of my fondest memories are of my college athletics career," added Sarah Leary, VP of product and marketing. "Fanbase provides me and my teammates with a resource where those memories will live forever." Ms. Leary played lacrosse at Harvard College, where she was a two-time All-American and won a National Championship. Her Fanbase athlete page is HASH(0x12ab670) .

Mr. Tolia and Ms. Leary, along with Prakash Janakiraman, founded Fanbase in 2008. The founders and early employees have significant experience in building Internet services and were the driving force behind Epinions.com, one of the first mainstream websites devoted to user-driven content. Fanbase is funded by original Epinions investor Benchmark Capital, and general partner Bill Gurley serves on the Board of Directors.

"I have worked closely with the Fanbase team since 1999 in various capacities and have tremendous confidence in them," said Mr. Gurley. "I believe Fanbase has the potential to become the definitive source of athlete and team-related information for sports fans around the world." Mr. Gurley played basketball at the University of Florida. His Fanbase athlete page is HASH(0x12acde0) .

The Fanbase almanac was created in part by extracting and structuring athlete data from thousands of college media guides never before available online. The result is the world's first centralized online resource for comprehensive information on millions of athletes. Visitors to Fanbase range from fans checking out their favorite teams, to athletes visiting their own pages, to coaches and administrators using the almanac as a historical resource.

"I was thrilled to discover Fanbase," said Bob Glatz, executive director of the Harvard Varsity Club. "We have always wanted to build an online database of all Harvard athletes, but it has been too costly and time-consuming. We can now direct current athletes and alumni to visit Fanbase, where they can instantly find information on anyone who played sports at Harvard." Mr. Glatz played football and lacrosse at Harvard. His Fanbase athlete page is HASH(0x12ae910) .

The company's public launch occurs just in time for the kickoff of the college and fall sports season. To learn more and contribute to Fanbase, please visit HASH(0x12afe40) .

Founded in 2008, Fanbase (www.fanbase.com) is the web's largest user-driven almanac of college and professional athletes. Fanbase currently includes more than 1,700,000 athletes and 20,000 teams across 22 diverse sports including all major professional leagues and Division I, II, and III collegiate athletics. The Fanbase founding team has significant experience in building Internet services and was the driving force behind Epinions.com, one of the first mainstream websites devoted to user-driven content. Fanbase is funded by Benchmark Capital.

Editorial Contacts: Stephanie Gnibus Leslie Dailey GMK Communications for Fanbase GMK Communications for Fanbase 408-776-9727 706-369-1174 stephanie@gmkcommunications.com leslie@gmkcommunications.com

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