Heads Up! CBS SportsLine Dominates Fantasy Football in 2006
New game and free offering headline CBS SportsLine Fantasy Football
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, August 7, 2006 - CBS SportsLine, a leading Internet sports media organization and part of CBS Digital Media, is gearing up for another exciting season of Fantasy Football (http://fantasy.sportsline.com) and today announced a completely new game for 2006.
CBS SportsLine once again breaks new ground with a unique twist on Fantasy Football: “Heads Up Fantasy Football”. CBS SportsLine’s Heads Up Fantasy Football will appeal to a broad range of Fantasy Football players, from rookies who are new to the game to the savviest of veterans.
In addition to the seasonal Fantasy Football league(s) that all players participate in, CBS SportsLine’s Heads Up Fantasy Football allows participants to challenge players, whether they are fellow league members, other friends or even total strangers to a head-to-head game of Fantasy Football on a weekly basis throughout the regular season and all the way up to the Super Bowl.
In CBS SportsLine’s Heads Up Fantasy Football, the pool of draft-able players consists of NFL teams participating in either the early or late Sunday games. From these pools, participants in the Heads Up game will hold a draft along with their opponent where each selects a starting quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, a tight end, a kicker and a team defense along with three reserves.
Adding a further twist to standard Fantasy Football play, participants in the Heads Up game conduct add/drops as well as activate and reserve players while live games are played. Changes are reflected in the following quarter of action.
Heads Up Fantasy Football launches August 31st and is totally free of charge including all the great options such as live scoring that fans have come to expect from CBS SportsLine's award-winning Fantasy sports games. Heads Up is sure to be an instant hit with Fantasy Football players everywhere and a great addition to traditional league play.
"As was the case last year when we were first to roll out a college Fantasy Football game, the introduction of Heads Up Fantasy Football into the marketplace further differentiates CBS SportsLine’s products and services from our competition and really cements our leadership role in this space", said Steve Snyder, General Manager of CBS SportsLine. "Our products are just a part of the Fantasy Football experience with CBS SportsLine, which now includes a preseason show on CBS, an award-winning magazine, online video segments, mobile applications, as well as Fantasy Football conventions and draft parties across the United States."
In addition to its products, there are a number of reasons why CBS SportsLine has become the ultimate Fantasy Football experience for serious players in 2006 and beyond:
Fantasy Football fanatics get your cheat sheets ready as CBS Sports presents The 2006 CBS SportsLine Fantasy Football Show on Sunday, August 13 (12:00-1:00 PM, ET). The show will feature a number of CBS Sports' NFL talent including Gus Johnson (host) as well as analysts Randy Cross and Steve Beuerlein. They will be joined by CBS SportsLine Fantasy Football expert Dave Richard to offer their insight on everything from the Top 12 overall players to the late-round sleepers of the 2006 Draft Class.
For the second year on CBS, this one-hour special will not only highlight the top overall Fantasy players, but will break them down by position, including quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers. After the experts break down who to pick and why, they will discuss draft strategies, impact players on new teams and the 2006 Draft Class including which rookies will start, and which will shine.
The 2006 CBS SportsLine Fantasy Football Guide is now available on newsstands and in bookstores across the country. Produced in conjunction with Pro Football Weekly, the guide offers a variety of draft cheat sheets, in-depth player profiles and position rankings that no serious Fantasy Football player should be without before or during the season. In 2005, the CBS SportsLine Fantasy Football magazine won the Fantasy Sports Trade Association award for the Best Fantasy Football Magazine. The magazine is also available for purchase online by simply visiting fantasy.sportsline.com.
Original Fantasy Football Video: Following the first week of NFL regular season action, CBS SportsLine will produce three original video programs geared to keep Fantasy Football fans up on the latest news, rumors and analysis. Jason Horowitz, the face of much of CBS SportsLine's original video, will host the following weekly programs with various CBS SportsLine Fantasy Football experts.
Who's Hot, Who's Not: Focuses on which way individual NFL players’ performances are trending in recent weeks.
Roster Trends Report: Lets viewers know which players are the most added/dropped and activated/deactivated as well as other trends from CBS SportsLine Fantasy Football Leagues.
Start 'em and Sit 'em: Helps with those hard decisions that every Fantasy Football player has before setting their lineup for the upcoming week.
Fantasy Football Conventions: CBS SportsLine is hitting the streets and spreading the Fantasy Football word. Players in Detroit (August 12), Atlanta (August 12), Miami (August 19) and Houston (August 26) have the chance to attend a Fantasy Football convention where they can get first-hand advice from a CBS SportsLine Fantasy expert, witness a mock-draft, trade draft-tips with other fellow players and generally soak up the excitement of Fantasy Football – all 100% free of charge.
Mobile: CBS SportsLine To Go offers the ultimate mobile product for the serious player, the Fantasy Football Companion. Available across all major carriers (check with carrier for pricing details), the downloadable Fantasy Football Companion allows users complete access to their CBS SportsLine Fantasy Football leagues and the ability to fully manage their teams just like they were at their computer. Additionally, free of charge, CBS SportsLine To Go offers wireless Fantasy Football player alerts. Presented by GMC, these players’ alerts provide a quick and easy way for managers to get the latest news on key players throughout the season, as well as expert Fantasy analysis on how best to manage that player.
Anheuser Busch National Draft Day: Anheuser Busch is promoting August 26th as “National Draft Day” for Fantasy Football leagues and is providing CBS SportsLine Fantasy Football promotional items such as tip sheets and draft guides which will be distributed in sports bars across the country.
Buffalo Wild Wings Fantasy Football Draft Parties: CBS SportsLine has partnered with Buffalo Wild Wings to host Fantasy Football draft parties at their 393 locations across the United States. Customers that sign up to host their Fantasy Football draft at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant will be supplied with CBS SportsLine Fantasy Football Guides, draft cheat sheets, player rankings as well as a draft board and to top it all off, they will be given $100 toward food and beverage at their draft party.
The 2006 CBS SportsLine Fantasy Football Products
Anheuser Busch, GMC, McDonalds and Toyota are the sponsors of CBS SportsLine's 2006 Fantasy Football products.
Fantasy Football Commissioner: The most customizable product on the market and one able to handle leagues with up to 20 teams with premium features such as live scoring for no additional cost. $149.95 per league, with an "early bird" discount of $20 (to $129.95) for leagues that pay on or before August 17, 2006. With an average league size of 12 to 16 teams, users will pay approximately $10 a piece for the top rated Commissioner league management product available and one that has been recognized as the best Fantasy Football Commissioner product for the last five years by the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.
Free Fantasy Football: Need we say more? Sponsored by Toyota, one of the most popular Fantasy Football games on the planet is now 100% FREE. Free Fantasy Football delivers all the great features that you expect from CBS SportsLine Fantasy Sports - live scoring and stats, cutting edge team management tools, player news and expert analysis - all for FREE! Absolutely no upgrade fees or hidden costs. It’s a great way for beginners to learn about Fantasy Football!
Heads Up Fantasy Football: No matter what service Fantasy Football leagues use, all players can come to CBS SportsLine for Heads Up Fantasy Football. A great game for Fantasy rookies and veterans, Heads Up Fantasy Football allows users to challenge other players to a one-on-one game of Fantasy Football each and every week. With the pool of draft-able players consisting of NFL teams participating in either the early or late Sunday games, participants in the Heads Up game can conduct add/drops as well as activate and reserve players while live games are played. Best of all? Heads Up Fantasy Football is offered completely free of charge.
CBS SportsLine "College Fantasy Football": The only major fantasy company to offer a collegiate Fantasy Football game, CBS SportsLine returns "College Fantasy Football" after a tremendous response in 2005. Again offered completely free of charge, "College Fantasy Football" allows users to participate in a public or private league of eight teams and draft a squad of college football players* from any of the 119 Division I programs or customize their player pool to include any conference they choose (two minimum). *Players will be categorized by position and school. Example: "Team QB, Michigan" would accumulate all points generated by anyone that played the quarterback position for Michigan.
Fantasy Football Double Diamond**: For individuals wanting to compete at the highest levels of Fantasy Football. With a price of $499.95 per team, each league champion will win a $3,500 league prize.
Fantasy Football Diamond**: Think you are a Fantasy Football All-Star? Fantasy Football Diamond gives fans the chance to prove it. With a price of $249.95 per team, each league champion will win a $1,600 league prize.
Fantasy Football Platinum**: Ready to wade into a more experienced pool of Fantasy Football players? Fantasy Football Platinum will give you that opportunity. With a price of $99.95 per team, each league champion will win a $600 league prize.
Fantasy Football Gold**: Time to get serious about Fantasy Football? We certainly understand. With a price of $39.95 per team, each league champion will win a $200 league prize.
Fantasy Football Basic*: A great game for Fantasy Football rookies who want a serious start to their playing career. Priced at $14.95 per team.
* CBS SportsLine Fantasy Football Basic is open to registered users of a qualified CBS network site, 18 years of age or older who are legal residents of the fifty (50) United States (for purposes of clarity, Puerto Rico is excluded), Washington D.C. and Canada (excluding Quebec). No prizes awarded to Basic League winners.
**CBS SportsLine.com Fantasy Football Gold, Platinum, Diamond and Double Diamond are open to registered users of a qualified CBS network site, 18 years of age or older who are legal residents of the fifty (50) United States (excluding residents of Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Montana, and Vermont) (for purposes of clarity, Puerto Rico is expressly excluded), Washington D.C. and Canada (excluding Quebec). Note: Otherwise eligible legal residents of Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Montana, and Vermont may play Fantasy Football Gold, but are not eligible to win any prizes.
All CBS SportsLine.com Fantasy Football games are subject to complete applicable Official Rules. Void where prohibited.About CBS SportsLine
CBS SportsLine is at the leading edge of media companies providing Internet sports content, Fantasy sports and e-commerce. In addition to its flagship service, the company publishes the official Web sites of the NFL, PGA TOUR and NCAA Sports. CBS SportsLine is a member of the CBS family and a part of CBS Digital Media. For more information about CBS SportsLine.com and for the latest sports news, scores and expert analysis, please visit cbs.sportsline.com.