Fantasy Becomes Reality for The Sports Network
By paul
Philadelphia, PA (The Sports Network) - The Sports Network, the nation’s premiere real time sports wire service, whose Internet web site,, is one of the most viewed in the world, has entered the fantasy field of play with The Sports Network's 'GM Fantasy Challenge.'

“Who is more qualified to offer a fantasy game in any sport than the organization that gathers and disseminates the very statistics and information upon which others depend for their own efforts and which are the basis for decisions made by competitors, commissioners and leagues when entertaining and becoming involved with a fantasy team or league of their own?” asked Mickey Charles, president and CEO of The Sports Network. “We,” he continued, “followed the path most obvious to us, to offer a baseball General Manager/ commissioner service as a first step. We will, of course, be undertaking similar fantasy product offerings for all other sports as well. Baseball is just the first phase of long-term development, with football coming this fall. Our target base is made up of those who already have an established league and need an inexpensive service to compile their stats, news, injury reports and more. For example,” Mr. Charles added, “we can accommodate up to 30 teams in a league for only $89.99, far below the usual cost…and we are able to offer the very best commissioner league on the Internet.”

Features of The Sports Network GM Fantasy Challenge include:

Real-time box scores

Daily standings, box scores, team stats and more

Simple, easy-to-use interface

Bulletin board for each league

Each owner being able to set his/her own lineup each week

Extensive player info for all teams

AL, NL, or mixed leagues

The ability to keep track of player salaries, contract info and more

Traditional (Roto Style) or Head-to-Head leagues using either categorical or points-based systems

An amazing 50 different statistical categories from which to choose

Interested fantasy participants can create a league, check out the features most appealing to them, and then pay later when satisfied with the system

There is no software to download

Expanded stat reports and player projections

Full service league administration tools available online

Access to all, RotoWire, and The Sports Forecaster news for players

Partnership with, the nation’s leading software purveyor of fantasy leagues.

“When we made the decision to enter this arena and offer The Sports Network’s version of fantasy leagues,” added Kevin Spiegel, Director of Internet Content, “we wished to ally ourselves with the most proven and respected fantasy software that would complement and support our literal plethora of data and information. We viewed many demonstrations desirous of working with us, conducted intensive analysis and tests and the one that was manifestly the most superior was that furnished by RotoWire. We had to offer more than statistics.…we needed real-time news capabilities, abstracts for fantasy junkies.

“A partnership with RotoWire.” he concluded, “was the most natural path to follow…the leading real time sports wire service in North America teaming up with the number one fantasy software group. We have, together, taken fantasy and made it into a new reality.”

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