Sports in an Online Arena
Alexa.com is a web site that reports online traffic for some of the net's most popular sites. According to their figures, espn.com has hundreds of thousands of visits to the site daily. Yahoo exposes its sports section to millions daily. With so many sports fans preferring specific teams, more and more sites are popping up for those individual teams.
MU's athletic department updates its web site daily with reports about athletes and photo galleries. Gabe DeArmond is an editor for powermizzou.com, a site where Tiger fanatics converge to share rumors and predictions about Mizzou athletics. The site also follows high school recruiting for the university's teams.
"You know, we have people from Ireland, we had guys stationed overseas in Iraq that are Missouri fans. We have people from all over the country, so obviously if they can't see the television news, listen to the games, whatever, it's a way for them to stay in touch with their team," said Gabe DeArmond.
KOMU is getting in on the online sports information game as well. Starting this week, you can get up to the minute scores and stats, team profiles and even cast your vote for the play of the week, as part of our Friday Night Fever coverage of area high school sports. And you can do all of this, wherever you are, right on your mobile phone or your computer.
"Well, first of all, it's fast. I mean, the days of getting your paper and sitting around reading it are kind of going out, I think. You can get everything as it happens. I mean, by the time a newspaper comes out the game happened 12 hours ago; we've had a story up on it for 11-and-a-half hours, you know. So they want it immediately, it's quicker, it's easier," said DeArmond.
So whether it is news for all sports or one specific sport, you will probably find a place on the web to keep track of just about anything.