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Published December 2, 1997
Reuters Holdings PLC has launched SportsWeb, a free Internet site providing international sports news and pictures, according to Mary Huhn of the N.Y. POST. The site, at www.sportsweb.com, is a joint alliance between Reuters and Digital Equipment Corp. It "will garner revenue from sponsorships, advertising and merchandising." The site is also "an effort" to build the Reuters brand name. The first "major event" covered by SportsWeb will be the '98 World Cup soccer draw on Thursday (N.Y. POST, 12/2). CA- based Yahoo launched Yahoo Sports, marking its first "official sports news offering." The Sporting News will be the site's "primary source" of news (BRANDWEEK, 12/1 issue). LEAGUES A HIT: In Ft. Lauderdale, Sharon Robb reported that NFL.com "has had a record number of users" since its relaunch in August. The average number of users per day is 150,000, with the average number of pages viewed per day at 1.4 million (SUN-SENTINEL, 11/30). NBA.com recorded nearly 14 million page views the week of November 17, a 200% increase over the same week last year. The "Virtual GM" fantasy basketball game has signed up more than 65,000 players in the first three weeks (NBA.com).