FORT LAUDERDALE, FL and SEATTLE, WA (January 4, 1999)- Visitors to CBS SportsLine, the award-winning sports Web site published by SportsLine USA, Inc., (Nasdaq: SPLN) now have millions of additional reasons to visit the popular site, thanks to a new agreement between SportsLine USA and Amazon.com. Under the agreement, Amazon.com, the Internet's number one book and number one music retailer, will become CBS SportsLine's online retail partner for books, video and music in a newly launched, co-branded store on the CBS SportsLine site (cbs.sportsline.com/u/ptl/amazon).
In keeping with SportsLine USA's commitment to offer sports fans the most comprehensive sports experience available, sports-related books, videos and music will be highlighted in the new co-branded store, in addition to Amazon.com's complete catalog of more than 4.7 million titles. SportsLine USA will build and maintain the co-branded store and will promote it throughout its Web site.
"Our strategic goal in forging e-commerce relationships is to offer our users the best products and merchandise available in the marketplace today," said Andrew Sturner, SportsLine USA's senior vice president, business development. "Amazon.com's decision to enter this business relationship with SportsLine USA demonstrates the enormous value of our content and the purchasing power of our audience."
"This arrangement with SportsLine USA makes it easier and faster for fans to find and discover exactly the sports books, videos and CDs that are right for them," said Ram Shriram, Amazon.com vice president of business development. "That's what online shopping is all about - finding exactly what you want, not what someone else decided to put in a store."
The new store features and promotes an assortment of Amazon.com products within SportsLine USA's expansive offering of sports news, features and information. Amazon.com's vast selection of sports and outdoors books, videos and CDs, will be available at the same low prices and with the same commitment to customer service that distinguishes Amazon.com. Store customers will appreciate the customer-friendly atmosphere and ease of navigation, as well as an efficient ordering process, a secure credit card purchasing guarantee and expert and customer reviews to help shoppers find what is right for them.
About SportsLine USA, Inc.
SportsLine USA, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLN) is a leading Internet-based sports media company that provides branded, interactive information and programming as well as merchandise to sports enthusiasts worldwide. SportsLine USA publishes CBS SportsLine, which features more than 400,000 pages of multimedia sports information, entertainment and merchandise covering all major professional, collegiate and international sports and includes exclusive content from sports teams, organizations and superstars such as Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and Shaquille O'Neal. SportsLine USA was founded in 1994, and its Internet sports service was renamed CBS SportsLine in March of 1997 as part of an exclusive five-year promotional and content agreement with CBS Sports.
About Amazon.com, Inc.
Amazon.com, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), the Internet's No. 1 book and No. 1 music retailer, opened its virtual doors on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and quickly became Earth's Biggest Bookstore(SM). Today, the Amazon.com store has expanded to offer more than 4.7 million books, music CDs, videos, DVDs, computer games, and other titles, plus secure credit card payment, personalized recommendations, and streamlined ordering through 1-Click(SM) technology. Amazon.com operates two international bookstore Web sites: www.amazon.co.uk in the United Kingdom and www.amazon.de in Germany. Amazon.com also operates PlanetAll (www.planetall.com), a Web-based address book, calendar, and reminder service. It also operates the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com), the Web's comprehensive and authoritative source of information on more than 150,000 movies and entertainment programs and 500,000 cast and crewmembers dating from the birth of film in 1892 to the present.
This announcement contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, Amazon.com's limited operating history, the unpredictability of its future revenues, and risks associated with capacity constraints, management of growth, and new business opportunities.
More information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com's financial results is included in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1997, and the quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 1998.
Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Internet Movie Database, PlanetAll, Earth's Biggest Bookstore, and 1-Click are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc or its affiliates. All other names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.
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