2009 CBSSPORTS.COM FANTASY FOOTBALL
Auction drafts, enhanced league history and ability to embed video clips directly to league homepages highlight upgrades for 2009 season
FT. LAUDERDALE, FL, August 6, 2009 - With training camps in full swing, CBSSports.com is gearing up for another exciting season of fantasy football (cbssports.com/fantasy) with their award-winning Fantasy Football Commissioner product, Premium Games as well as free offerings.
New for this football season, CBSSports.com has again upgraded and enhanced its product line, continuing to deliver the best fantasy football customer experience. New for 2009, the CBSSports.com Football Commissioner now offers the ability to run a live online auction as an alternative way of drafting your league. Whether your league uses a salary cap, keepers, or any other type of scoring customization, CBSSports.com has built an auction draft room that will fulfill all of your league's needs.
Additionally, the CBSSports.com Football Commissioner has upgraded the league history area of the product. Extremely popular with returning leagues, the league history feature allows leagues to look back through the years of play, providing a snapshot of each season complete with a multitude of scoring statistics and records so league members can easily see how each season played out and who won the league championship.
Finally, CBSSports.com is now giving fantasy football players the ability to embed video clips within the user-generated news stories each league member can post on the league's site.
To begin preparation for the upcoming season, the Fantasy Football Downloadable Draft Kit is now available for the 2009 season, allowing fantasy football players to get comprehensive draft content from the veteran team of fantasy experts at CBSSports.com. Updated daily, the Downloadable Draft Kit has everything you need to get ready for your draft this season- player rankings, cheat sheets and draft day strategies along with exclusive podcasts.
CBSSports.com has also partnered with Buffalo Wild Wings and Dave & Buster's restaurants, giving fantasy football players special discounts on hosting their draft as well as food for their draft party at hundreds of locations across the United States.
Regardless of what fantasy football service players use, all fanatics will want to bookmark CBSSports.com Fantasy News (cbssports.com/fantasy). Launched in the summer of 2008, CBSSports.com Fantasy News has quickly become the leading destination for fantasy sports news and information, regardless of what fantasy sports provider players use.
For the 2009 football season, CBSSports.com Fantasy News will allow fantasy players from across the industry to consume information and analysis from the entire team of award-winning CBSSports.com fantasy sports writers as well as from CBSSports.com national columnists and senior writers.
CBSSports.com Fantasy News will also be the source for player news and updates from college football, supporting the College Fantasy Football game. CBSSports.com's collegiate fantasy football game includes individual player names and has upgraded in 2009 to include live scoring.
CBSSports.com Fantasy Sports Writers:Ross Devonport, Jamey Eisenberg, Sergio Gonzalez, Michael Hurcomb, Jeff Lippman, Eric Mack, Peter Madden (Managing Editor), Dave Richard and Scott White
The 2009 CBSSports.com Fantasy Football ProductsFord and SNICKERS® are the sponsors of the 2009 CBSSports.com Fantasy Football products.
Fantasy Football Commissioner: Sponsored by Ford
The most loyal users: 52% of Commissioners have played on CBSSports.com for 6+ years (Frank N Magid & Associates Data, September 2008)
The most engaged users: CBSSports.com fantasy sports players spend an average of 1 hour 42 minutes per session (Nielsen/Net Ratings, September 2008)
$179.99 per league, with an "early bird" discount of $20 (to $159.99) for leagues that pay before August 12, 2009. With an average league size of 12 to 16 teams, users will pay less than a dollar per week for the top rated Commissioner League management product available.
Free Fantasy Football** - Sponsored by SNICKERS®:
One of the most popular Fantasy Football games on the planet is 100% FREE. Free Fantasy Football delivers all the great features that you expect from CBSSports.com Fantasy Sports - live scoring and stats, cutting edge team management tools, player news and expert analysis - with absolutely no upgrade fees or hidden costs. It's a great way for fantasy players new to CBSSports.com to start to get to know the #1 product on the market for free.
Office Pool Manager***:
It's easy and efficient to run your office pool online when you use Office Pool Manager from CBSSports.com. Make picks the traditional way or run a survivor pool where it's one wrong pick and you're out. Office Pool manager is easy to use, 100% free and comes complete with LIVE scoring and customizable scoring systems.
CBSSports.com Fantasy Football Premium Games****:
Face off against dedicated competition in a twelve-team league for the chance to win cold, hard cash. With five levels of play and pay, there is a CBSSports.com Fantasy Football Premium Game for every player.
Fantasy Football Double Diamond: For individuals wanting to compete at the highest levels of Fantasy Football. With a price of $499.99 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 $249.99 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 $99.99 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 $39.99 per team, each league champion will win a $200 league prize.
Upgrade from the Competition*:
Planning of running your fantasy football league with another service? For a limited time, CBSSports.com is offering fantasy football fanatics who are playing with a competitor's service to upgrade their league to the premium experience of the CBSSports.com Football Commissioner for just $49.99. CBSSports.com even has a staff of experts waiting to guide customers through the process of starting the league, inviting all members, customizing all scoring options and scheduling the draft and season ahead. To take advantage of this offer, users can simply visit: cbssports.com/upgrade.
** NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. CBSSports.com Fantasy Football Free is open to persons who are: (a) Registered Users; (b) legal residents of one (1) of the fifty (50) United States, Washington DC, and Canada (excluding Quebec) (for purposes of clarity, Puerto Rico is expressly excluded); and (c) at least eighteen (18) years of age or the age of majority in their state of residence at the date of registration in the Sweepstakes. Complete details at cbssports.com/fantasy.
**** CBSSports.com Fantasy Football Gold is open to: (a) Registered Users; (b) legal residents of one (1) of the fifty (50) United States, Washington DC, or Canada (excluding Quebec) (for purposes of clarity, Puerto Rico is expressly excluded); and (c) at least eighteen (18) years of age or the age of majority in their state of residence at the date of registration in the Contest. PLEASE NOTE: Notwithstanding the foregoing: (i) eligible legal residents of Canada (excluding Quebec), Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Montana, and Vermont may play Fantasy Football Gold, but are not eligible to win any prizes; and (ii) in all events you must be eighteen (18) years of age or older (if the age of majority in a jurisdiction is over 18, you must be of the age of majority within your jurisdiction) in order to win any prizes. Complete details at cbssports.com/fantasy.
CBSSports.com Fantasy Football Platinum, Diamond and Double Diamond are open to: (a) Registered Users; (b) legal residents of one (1) 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) and Washington D.C.; and (c) at least eighteen (18) years of age or the age of majority in their state of residence at the date of registration in the Contest .Complete details at cbssports.com/fantasy.
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