FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (January 6, 1999)- With the end of the NBA lockout yesterday, CBS SportsLine (http://cbs.sportsline.com), published by SportsLine USA, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLN), is ready for action with the best NBA coverage on the Web. With a click of the mouse, fans craving information about their favorite teams or players can obtain the most comprehensive coverage available on the Internet. As soon as the lockout was resolved, CBS SportsLine was the first to offer a basketball fantasy commissioner product, SportsLine Commissioner powered by Commissioner.COM, the most complete online league management service available to run a fantasy basketball league.
"The news of an NBA season is a welcome relief for basketball fans all over the world who have anxiously awaited this resolution," stated Michael Levy, president and CEO of SportsLine USA. "With our fantasy basketball commissioner product and our comprehensive news coverage, CBS SportsLine is uniquely positioned to offer basketball fans the most up-to-date information and in-depth analysis on the Internet."
Create a Fantasy Basketball League SportsLine Commissioner powered by Commissioner.COM (http://basketball.commissioner.com) provides the ultimate arena for fantasy basketball play. With hundreds of features and thousands of options, SportsLine Commissioner powered by Commissioner.COM allows fantasy basketball players to create and manage leagues with individually customized Web sites featuring content-rich, stat-supported information for every team owner in their league.
Creating and maintaining a fantasy basketball league has never been this easy. Users can create a new league -- complete with its own Web site, chat room, and news ticker -- in about three minutes. The program automatically updates each team's statistics, emails them to each owner, and posts them on the league's unique site, without the user ever having to download software or statistics. The league can be fully customized to adapt to any set of league rules imaginable and includes such unique features as a scrolling news ticker and real-time team Java Chat rooms for all leagues.
SportsLine Commissioner powered by Commissioner.COM offers a free trial and costs only $99.95 for an entire league, which can include as many as 20 individually customized Web sites.
Highlights of CBS SportsLine's NBA coverage include: -- Basketball LIVE -- Animated, graphical representations of each game, with shot charts, graphics and scores designed to satisfy both the displaced fan who can't watch the game on television and the fan glued to the set, who are looking for more details than just the score
-- Comprehensive News Coverage - In anticipation of all the pre-season movement of players, CBS SportsLine's award-winning writers will provide up-to-date information on all roster movements and free agent signings in preparation for the season, as well as in-depth analysis of every game, including feature stories, matchup breakdowns and more
-- Statistics -- CBS SportsLine is the only Web site to offer its users statistics provided by the official statistician of the NBA
-- NBA Merchandise - Officially licensed NBA gear for all 29 teams, with photographs of each available item, including the latest hats, shirts, game jerseys, collectibles and more. CBS SportsLine members receive a 10% discount on all purchases in The Sports Store (www.TheSportsStore.com)
-- Audio and Video - One-on-one audio interviews with current and former players, coaches, general managers and NBA analysts, as well as video highlights of key games
-- Chat -- Every week, CBS SportsLine will bring various NBA personalities to the chat room. Hoops fans can participate in live chats with current and former players and coaches, NBA writers and other experts
-- Team Pages - Complete team rosters, results, schedules, transactions, and team history
-- Player Pages - Detailed player biographies, including complete career statistics, broken down in a variety of ways, including wins vs. losses, home vs. away, by month or versus opponent, etc.
-- History -- A detailed history of professional basketball, including the celebrated championship battles of Celtics vs. Lakers, all-time career statistics and in-depth features chronicling historic performances and memorable games
-- Pro Forum -- Fans can post comments about their favorite teams and players or argue about trends, officiating, the playoff picture, and any number of other topics
-- College Alumni Tracker -- This unique feature lets users track the progress of every current NBA player, listed by their alma maters. One click of the school's name displays a list of all current players from that college, with direct links to detailed player information
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.
Daedalus World Wide, makers of Commissioner.COM, the world's premier fantasy sports products and services, also produce fantasy games for professional auto racing, baseball, basketball, football, golf, and hockey through its association with SportsLine USA.
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For SportsLine USA, Inc.
Bret Werner/Jerry Milani
Alan Taylor Communications