Press Room 2001

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December 28, 2001
First in the industry, Company begins producing "highlight" videos of star recruits. Among the first highlights produced - quarterback Vince Young. Rivals.com also names Young its No. 1 recruit in the country.
August 15, 2001
Company officially changes its name and website marks to Rivals.com.
August 1, 2001
Company launches recruiting database v1.0. For the first time in the industry, scholarship offers to recruits are tracked.
June 8, 2001
Company attracts and signs licensing agreements with more than 80-percent of top 100+ Rivals.com publishers. Among the leading publications: TheWolverine.com, Orangebloods.com, GatorBait.net, HuskersIllustrated.com, Websider.com, TigerBait.com, UGASports.com, BlueWhiteIllustrated.com, PowerMizzou.com, USCFootball.com, AuburnSports.com, BamaOnLine.com, TerrapinTimes.com, EagleAction.com, VolQuest.com, SoonerScoop.com, GoPowercat.com, GoldandBlack.com, CaneSport.com, SpartanMag.com, CatsPause.com, TheWolfpacker.com, TigerIllustrated.com, WVSports.com.
May 13, 2001
Company purchases the assets of Rival Networks. The Seattle-based internet start-up burned through more than 75-million dollars in venture capital funding during the dotcom bust. The assets were available through a forced liquidation.
May 1, 2001
Parent company JBS Sports, led by Shannon Terry, is formed and launches AllianceSports.com, a nationwide network of college and high school sports online publications, based primarily on the subscription-revenue model. Terry and CTO Greg Gough had owned and operated the initial iteration of AllianceSports.com, a regionally-focused college sports website, from 1996 before selling to Rivals Networks, Inc., in 2000.

 

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