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Gammons plans website launch this week

Veteran baseball scribe Peter Gammons has partnered with Boston-based TruMedia Networks Inc. to create a new website based around his work, GammonsDaily.com.

The online destination will feature baseball news, analysis and interviews from Gammons, a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame writers wing. The site will also include extensive statistics and data from TruMedia Networks, which supplies media outlets and professional teams with advanced player analytics.

Video will be part of the site, though the mix has yet to be determined.

Gammons is looking to bring in additional writers for the Boston-based site and have it be an outlet for younger talent. He said talks are continuing with several potential contributors.

The creation of GammonsDaily.com extends a recent trend of sports websites based and branded around popular writers such as Grantland.com and ESPN’s Bill Simmons, and the new TheMMQB.com and Sports Illustrated’s Peter King. Gammons-Daily.com is slated to debut Wednesday.

GammonsDaily.com will provide a home for Peter Gammons’ written material and more.
Gammons will maintain his other roles with NESN and the MLB Network, but GammonsDaily.com will now be the primary home for his written output and those networks won’t be involved with the site. Gammons is no longer with MLB.com, where he served as a columnist for roughly three years.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing how this evolves. It definitely gives me a lot of freedom in terms of doing what I want to write about,” Gammons said. “I’m hoping it will be a lot of fun. Sometimes we lose sight of the joy that’s involved with covering this game, and I’m hoping we tap into that in terms of what we do on the site.”

Online ticket liquidator ScoreBig.com has signed on as the presenting sponsor of GammonsDaily.com. But Gammons and TruMedia Networks are conducting an online crowdfunding campaign, using the Indiegogo platform, to help support the initiative. Donors to GammonsDaily.com through Indiegogo will have access to a daily ebook, Google Hangouts, personal thank-you tweets, ScoreBig.com gift cards and other prizes.

Such crowdfunding efforts have recently been popular within independent cinema but are more of a new concept within digital sports media. The site will not be solely dependent on those funds, however.

“We see this as a way to give some special perks to Peter’s biggest fans while also helping support the launch of the site and kick-start its development,” said Rafe Anderson, TruMedia Networks president and chief executive.

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