A HUGE SUCCESS IN 2008, FANTASY FOOTBALL TODAY RETURNS TO CBSSPORTS.COM ON SEPTEMBER 3
FANTASY FOOTBALL TODAY is a live show on Sunday mornings free to all fantasy football players providing them
the latest information to make the tough decisions
Presented by Ford, Sprint & Edge Shaving Gel, the show will feature segments from THE NFL TODAY
and reports from CBS Sports NFL analysts in stadiums across the NFL
FT. LAUDERDALE, FL, Sept. 1, 2009 – CBSSports.com today announced the second season of its groundbreaking original live video production, FANTASY FOOTBALL TODAY, will premiere in 2009 with two special Thursday editions, helping fantasy football players prepare for the kickoff of the upcoming football season. Additionally, the weekly Sunday editions of FANTASY FOOTBALL TODAY have been extended by 30 minutes, taking viewers right up to kickoff of the 1 pm ET games.
In its debut for the 2008 season, FANTASY FOOTBALL TODAY recorded tremendous traffic, averaging approximately 500,000 weekly viewers, making it easily the largest and most watched live program of its kind on the Internet.
Hosted by Jason Horowitz, the face of much of the original video on CBSSports.com, FANTASY FOOTBALL TODAY features guests and experts, including segments with the cast of THE NFL TODAY on CBS Sports as well as reports from NFL ON CBS analysts in stadiums across the league, giving fantasy players around the world access the latest breaking NFL news and information.
In 2009, a new face will join the FANTASY FOOTBALL TODAY set as CBS College Sports Network Studio Analyst and NFL veteran Brian Jones will accompany Horowitz and Fantasy Football experts from CBSSports.com. Together, the FANTASY FOOTBALL TODAY crew will interact with viewers, providing expert advice to guide their fantasy football team, regardless of what fantasy sports provider they use.
The home for FANTASY FOOTBALL TODAY is located at CBSSports.com Fantasy News (fantasynews.cbssports.com/fantasyfootballtoday) the leading news and information site specifically geared to the world of fantasy sports and is available to the public, regardless of what fantasy sports provider they use.
“Behind the success of March Madness on Demand and Amen Corner Live, CBSSports.com has become the definite leader in live sports video productions and as our explosive traffic in 2008 proved, FANTASY FOOTBALL TODAY has joined that group and quickly become the premiere destination for fantasy players on Sunday mornings,” said Jason Kint, Senior Vice President and General Manager, CBSSports.com.”What truly separates FANTASY FOOTBALL TODAY from the competition is that this is the first live NFL themed production to be fully integrated with a network studio show and feature interviews with talent from stadiums across the country.”
On Thursday, Sept. 3 from 4-5 pm ET FANTASY FOOTBALL TODAY will go live by giving viewers the latest reaction from all the preseason games, providing updates on sleeper candidates for 2009 and smart late-round pickups as well as who to pluck off the waiver wire for leagues that have already drafted.
The live premiere will be followed by a second Thursday edition of FANTASY FOOTBALL TODAY, on Sept. 10 from 7:30-8:30 pm ET, giving fantasy football players the latest news and information to help set their lineups for the start of the 2009 NFL season which kicks off that night when Tennessee visits Pittsburgh.
The first live Sunday edition of FANTASY FOOTBALL TODAY will be the following Sunday (Sept. 13) from 11 am – 1:00 pm ET, providing viewers with all the late breaking news right up to the kickoff of games. FANTASY FOOTBALL TODAY will then will continue each and every Sunday in that time frame for the remainder of the NFL regular season.
A special preseason edition of FANTASY FOOTBALL TODAY is now available on demand at fantasynews.cbssports.com/fantasyfootballtoday providing viewers insight on everything from the top overall Fantasy players by position to draft strategies, impact players on new teams and the 2009 Draft Class including which rookies will start, and which will shine.
Available free of charge by presenting sponsors Ford, Sprint & Edge Shaving Gel the 2009 FANTASY FOOTBALL TODAY video player will showcase a wider screen (640 X 360 pixels) and an improved video stream (approx. 800 kb/s), utilizing Flash technology to deliver an optimal viewing experience. Additionally, during FANTASY FOOTBALL TODAY viewers will have access to on-demand highlights from previous segments of the show so fans can get a quick recap of any important information they might have missed.
A link to the home of FANTASY FOOTBALL TODAY will be distributed on demand via the CBS Audience Network and its over 300 partners, which include TV.com, AOL, MSN, Yahoo, Fancast, Joost, Bebo, Sling Media, IMDb.com, TVGuide.com, and Slide, as well as Web sites from CBS’s 29 owned television, 144 radio, and up to 183 affiliated stations.