CBSSPORTS.COM ANNOUNCES THE FANTASY FOOTBALL
DEVELOPER CHALLENGE

With $75,000 up for grabs, CBSSports.com hosts the first-ever fantasy sports developer challenge for its open platform

JUNE 12, 2012: CBSSports.com today announced it is hosting the first ever developer challenge* aimed at the fantasy sports industry. The CBSSports.com Fantasy Football Developer Challenge (cbssports.com/devchallenge) will encourage any companies or individuals in the fantasy sports industry as well as the developer community at large to create apps to be used by millions of fantasy football players around the world.

The announcement was made by Jason Kint, Senior Vice President and General Manager of CBSSports.com, at the 2012 Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA) Summer Conference in San Francisco.

"Combining the passion surrounding fantasy football with the genius and creativity of the development community should provide for a hotly contested competition," said Kint. "We're excited to see what apps come from the Developer Challenge and how, once integrated in the open Fantasy Platform, these tools enhance the fun of fantasy football for the millions of die-hard players on CBSSports.com."

Individuals or companies interested in participating in the CBSSports.com Fantasy Football Developer Challenge are encouraged to visit cbssports.com/devchallenge to sign up for the contest.

According to the FSTA, there are currently 32.8 million fantasy sports players in the United States and of that figure, 24.3 million (74%) play fantasy football. With $75,000 up for grabs, the CBSSports.com Fantasy Football Developer Challenge will award cash prizes to three winning apps with the following distribution:

  • 1st place: $60,000
  • 2nd place: $10,000
  • 3rd place: $5,000

The CBSSports.com Fantasy Football Developer Challenge officially begins today and will close with the start of the NFL regular season on Wednesday, Sep. 5th. The categories of apps developers can build include: Draft, Roster Management, Results (live scoring, schedule, standings), Content, Administration, and Communications/Social.

Apps will be judged on the following five criteria, each accounting for 20% of the overall evaluation: Originality of concept, design and visual appeal, utility, fantasy value, and market potential. Judging will be performed by a panel of five judges, each with a deep history in the fantasy sports industry:

  • Paul Charchian: Founder of Fanball, LeagueSafe (leaguesafe.com) and current President of the FSTA
  • Tony Fernandez: Vice President of Technology for CBSSports.com
  • Geoff Reiss: CEO of the Professional Bowlers Association (bio), and former ESPN executive who managed the launch of ESPN.com and the fantasy sports products on ESPN.com
  • Dave Richard: Senior Fantasy Football Writer for CBSSports.com (link)
  • Rick Wolf: Founder & CEO, Full Moon Sports Solutions (fullmoonws.com), FSTA Hall of Famer

The CBSSports.com Fantasy Football Developer Challenge is the result of CBSSports.com's announcement this past January that its award-winning fantasy sports service would open its doors to third party developers and companies to create apps for their products and services. CBSSports.com's open Fantasy Platform represents the first of its kind in the fantasy sports industry.

With the open Fantasy Platform, the millions of dedicated fantasy sports players at CBSSports.com can integrate products and services from across the industry directly into their fantasy game experience on CBSSports.com. With now over a 1,000 developers registered, the CBSSports.com open Fantasy Platform Development Center is located at: developer.cbssports.com

SportsLine.com, now CBSSports.com, was one of the earliest online companies to offer fantasy sports, beginning in 1996. Using the Commissioner.com fantasy platform (acquired in 1999), CBSSports.com's fantasy sports products and games have been some of the most popular in the industry and have won eight of the past eleven FSTA awards for best Fantasy Commissioner Product. In 2011, CBSSports.com offered fantasy sports products for pro football, baseball, basketball, college football, hockey, and golf.

Statistics from the millions of loyal CBSSports.com fantasy sports players:

  • Pay to play on CBSSports.com: 60%
  • Play fantasy football: 87%
  • Average age: 34
  • Average income: $82,600
  • Played six or more seasons with CBSSports.com: 83%

Individuals or companies interested in participating in the CBSSports.com Fantasy Football Developer Challenge should visit cbssports.com/devchallenge to sign up for the contest.

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* Open to legal resident of the U. S., 18+ at date of entry and be a premium developer of the cbssports.com website. Void in Puerto Rico, all US territories and possessions and where prohibited by law. Contest starts on 6/11/12 at 2:00:01 pm eastern time ("ET") and ends at 12:59:00 pm ET on 9/5/12. Total approximate retail value of the prizes is $75,000.00. Limit one prize per person, per household. Complete official rules available at developer.cbssports.com.

About CBSSports.com Fantasy Sports

CBSSports.com is a division of CBS Interactive, the premier online content network for information and entertainment. At the forefront of the fantasy sports business, CBSSports.com offers services and expert advice in fantasy sports ranging from professional and collegiate football to baseball, basketball, hockey, and golf. With a Fantasy product for virtually every sports fan, the CBSSports.com Commissioner Fantasy Sports League Management product has won eight of the past eleven Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA) awards for best Fantasy Commissioner Product. CBSSports.com has a tradition of innovation in the fantasy sports industry as evidenced by its robust patent portfolio. For more information about the CBSSports.com Fantasy Sports, visit cbssports.com/fantasy.

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