The CBSSports.com College Network Signs the University of Virginia

A former partner, UVa returns to the CBSSports.com College Network
due to the industry’s best technology and customer service

NEW YORK, NY. AUGUST 6, 2012: The CBSSports.com College Network, which produces approximately 150 official athletic sites for premium collegiate athletic brands, today announced they have signed the University of Virginia to produce and manage its official athletics site, VirginiaSports.com.

A former partner of the CBSSports.com College Network, Virginia returns after a five-year hiatus. During Virginia’s absence, the CBSSports.com College Network sharpened its focus on partnering with premium brands across the collegiate landscape. This focus, while delivering a superior product with unequaled customer service, has transformed the CBSSports.com College Network into a portfolio of the biggest and most successful collegiate athletic brands.

"With our unequaled ability to service premium collegiate athletic brands, the University of Virginia is an ideal partner for the CBSSports.com College Network," said Rob Schupler, SVP Sales & Marketing, CBSSports.com College Network. "As part of the most powerful digital network in collegiate athletics, we will protect and grow the University of Virginia’s athletic brand while generating revenue for their athletics department."

To demonstrate this transformation, below is a yearly comparison of the number of CBSSports.com College Network partner schools in the “Big Six” conferences (SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12, Big East) for the past four years and where it stands today with the launch of VirginiaSports.com:

Big Six Partner Schools on 6/14/08: 40
Big Six Partner Schools on 8/6/12: 55 (+38% vs. 08)

Total Partners on 6/14/08: 209
Total Partners on 8/6/12: 142

"We are pleased to partner with CBSSports.com College Network," said Todd Goodale, Associate Director of Athletics for Marketing and Video Services at the University of Virginia. "As we looked to enhance our website offerings, we realized CBSSports.com College Network offers the most robust package of products and design capabilities, a commitment to customer service and the financial stability of a multi-billion dollar media company. Our alumni, fans, and the athletics department will be the beneficiary of this powerful new relationship."

Partner additions to the CBSSports.com College Network since July, 2008

07/22/08 – Arizona (arizonawildcats.com)
07/31/08 – Texas (texassports.com)
08/15/08 – Tennessee (utsports.com & utladyvols.com)
08/29/08 – Kentucky (ukathletics.com)
12/18/08 - Oregon State (osubeavers.com)
03/25/09 – Connecticut (uconnhuskies.com)
05/05/09 - Oklahoma State (okstate.com)
09/10/09 – Michigan (mgoblue.com)
10/19/09 – Wisconsin (uwbadgers.com)
07/05/10 – Georgia (georgiadogs.com)
07/06/10 – DePaul (depaulbluedemons.com)
07/29/10 - NC State (gopack.com)
08/02/10 - Ole Miss (olemisssports.com)
08/02/10 - Kansas State (kstatesports.com)
06/30/11 - Ohio State (ohiostatebuckeyes.com)
08/01/11 – Minnesota (gophersports.com)
08/6/12 – Virginia (virginiasports.com)
09/01/12 - Rutgers

About CBSSports.com College Network

CBSSports.com College Network is the leader in the production, management and monetization of official athletic websites, e-commerce solutions, streaming products and mobile services for colleges and universities across the United States. CBS College Sports currently produces a network of approximately 150 official athletic sites for schools including the University of Alabama (rolltide.com), University of Notre Dame (und.com), University of Oklahoma (soonersports.com), and the University of Texas (texassports.com).

CBSSports.com College Network is a division of CBS Interactive, the premier online content network for information & entertainment. With hundreds of millions of unique visitors from around the world each month, CBS Interactive is a global top 10 Web property & the largest premium content network online.

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