Press Room 2006

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December 22, 2006
Company announces the release of MyFanPages. MyFanPages allows fans from around the country to create their own personal space on the Rivals.com network. More than 70,000 sign up for MyFanPages within the first month and more than 100,000 photos are uploaded. MyFanPages adds to what is already the largest sports community on the Internet.
December 19, 2006
As a tribute to Marshall University and the loss of 36 members of its football team to a plane crash in 1970, the Company created a tribute to the crash today. (https://collegefootball.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=619664)
December 18, 2006
Company names Student-Athlete Award winners in conjunction with Warner Bros. Studios. (https://collegefootball.rivals.com/content.asp?SID=1144&CID=620620#rasicci)
November 27, 2006
Company is first news or media organization to report the firing of Mike Shula as head coach at the University of Alabama. (https://alabama.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=612566)
October 19, 2006
The Company has joined with Warner Bros. Studios to create The Scholar Athlete Awards in support of Warner Bros. upcoming film We Are Marshall. The Scholar Athlete Awards will make scholarships available to high school seniors and college freshmen and sophomores. There will be six winners in all, one national and five regional selections.
October 10, 2006
According to ComScore/Media Metrix, Rivals.com recorded 2.56 million unique users in the month of September. It's the highest month on record for the company, and achieves a 65% unique growth rate year-over-year.
October 1, 2006
Company launches TailgateTV, which houses personal photos and videos of tailgate scenes across the college football landscape. AT&T signs on as the initial sponsor.
September 20, 2006
The Company announced its final basketball recruiting rankings for the class of 2006. North Carolina finished ranked first. Of the Tar Heels' six signees, three are five star players - point guard Tywon Lawson, shooting guard Wayne Ellington and forward Brandan Wright. Finishing second was Ohio State. The Buckeyes landed Indianapolis, Ind., center Greg Oden, considered the nation's No. 1 recruit.
September 15, 2006
Company releases upgraded message board technology. First time in more than four years the message boards - the sports world's most popular - have undergone significant construction. Added features include avatars, community rating, preferred board and more integrated promotion capabilities.
August 18, 2006
Company has announced an agreement with Collegiate Images, LLC, to license college football and basketball video highlights for its website. The first set of videos feature the nation's top 10 preseason Heisman candidates (click here), as selected by Rivals' national college football writer and Heisman voter, Olin Buchanan.
August 8, 2006
A new feature debuts on all college team sites - The Wire. The Wire is a quick-hitting, chronological view of the day's events.
August 8, 2006
The Company announced its post-summer basketball recruiting rankings and a new player emerged as the year's top basketball recruit. Michael Beasley, a power forward from Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, took over the No. 1 spot from O.J. Mayo, a point guard from Cincinnati. Rivals.com is the first to name Beasley the nation's No. 1 prospect.
August 7, 2006
Nebraska publication HuskersIllustrated.com broke the news that quarterback Harrison Beck had been granted his release by the Huskers football staff.
July 26, 2006
The Company has agreed to provide The USA Today, the nation's single largest newspaper in terms of circulation, with football and basketball recruiting content for the USAToday.com website.
July 7, 2006
Company is first news or media organization to report the naming of Pat Fitzgerald as the new Northwestern coach after former coach Randy Walker died of an apparent heart attack four days earlier. (https://collegefootball.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=559422)
July 1, 2006
Company announces the addition of award-winning writer and columnist Tim Prister to its staff. Prister has covered Notre Dame athletics for more than 25 years and has penned several books on Notre Dame football, including a new one expected this fall to be published by ESPN Books called The New Gold Standard.
June 29, 2006
Company is selected by NIKE for the online- and world-premiere of its new national football commercial, starring Michael Vick, Steve Young, Brian Urlacher and Don Shula among many others.
June 26, 2006
Company launches Greatest Players poll, allowing the nation's most hard-core fans decide who the greatest players are for their respective teams.
June 16, 2006
Orangebloods.com was named the Best Overall Site at the Company's fifth annual publisher conference held at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Nashville. It was the largest attended conference ever, with more than 150 writers and reporters on hand.
May 22, 2006
Company launches new electronic commerce storefront, providing merchandise purchasing opportunities to the most rabid college sports fans.
May 6, 2006
Company announces latest Media Metrix results that show April 2006 unique users greater than 2 million - the largest ever for the company. Company also maintains its lead in "stickiness" despite rise in unique users. The Company is the stickiest sports content site on the Internet, beating competitors such as ESPN.com and Sportsline.com.
April 1, 2006
Company announces and begins implementation of syndication and licensing agreement with Yahoo! Sports. Company will create specialized content for Yahoo! on the national and team-specific levels.
March 28, 2006
Company CEO Shannon Terry named to 40-under-40 list by Sports Business Journal. The award goes to the 40 most influential business leaders in sports under the age of 40. Terry, a former college basketball player, is 36.
March 11, 2006
Company announces that is the largest online re-seller by a rate of 3-to-1 over Amazon.com of "Live The Dream," a DVD of the Texas Longhorns' national championship season.
March 1, 2006
Company announces hiring of two award-winning writers for National Media Group. Olin Buchanan joins Company as Senior College Football Writer after 12 years at the Austin American-Statesman and Steve Megargee, a Notre Dame graduate, joins the Company from the Naples, Fla., daily newspaper.
February 1, 2006
It's another record-setting day for the Company on National Signing Day. More than 58 million pageviews are recorded.
January 9, 2006
Company announces that more than 300 writers/reporters contribute content on a regular basis to the network.

 

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