The new NBC Sports Web site will feature not only football but eventually will attempt to encompass major sports, including Major League Baseball, the NBA, college football and basketball, golf, tennis and the Olympics. The content won't immediately include video highlights--NBC doesn't have the rights to that--but the company means to make it a fully featured sports data and content site.
"We'll in the coming months roll out a full sports offering," said Gary Zenkel, executive vice president of strategic partnerships at NBC Sports.
There also will be blogs, e-mail questions and links to top NFL-related stories from around the country. Former Providence Journal sportswriter Tom Curran will be NBCSports.com's national NFL writer, with longtime Los Angeles Times sports reporter Alan Abrahamson serving as a columnist for the site.
Meanwhile, NBC Sports has acquired Allstar Stats, a 17-year-old Somers, N.Y., company that will become the basis of NBCSports.com's fantasy group to be headed by Allstar Stats co-founder Richard Pike. Allstar Stats had operated Rotoworld.com, an established player in . Last month, NBC Sports announced an alliance with Rotoworld to create a fantasy football competition based on "Sunday Night Football."
"Knowing that fantasy is such an enormous driver of traffic and revenue in the online sports world, we wanted to get in aggressively in fantasy sports," Zenkel said. "With Rotoworld, there's a lot of fantasy competence that we can tap into immediately."
Another critical component is an alliance with 150-200 NBC affiliates, which will share video and other sports information with NBCSports.com, and the larger site's video and other content will be available on the local sites, too.