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March 3, 2007 6:18 AM   Subscribe

FanNation | The Republic of Sport It was bound to happen. A fully-featured social networking site for Sport Fans, includes, ability to track community events on a regional basis, hot topic tracking, blogging capability, player tracking, and ability to gather articles and stories from favorite news sources. Overall, a nice set of functionality, even if at launch, it is only focused on US Sports. Our beloved SpoFi probably doesn't have much to worry about until this site builds a following, but it does seem to have something new to offer sports fanatics.
posted by psmealey (12 comments total)

 
This sites crashes a lot in safari. also the design is a little silly - if i want to check how the lakers are doing - do i really want to see stock photos of the lakers shooting, or do i want to see player news, and their schedule up at the top? finally, who focused group the pistachio green theme? and the fact that there are no odds for upcoming games...

thanks for the post though. id be fan of any really comprehensive website that would help me follow sports more closely. ill keep a tab on this one.
posted by phaedon at 8:17 AM on March 3, 2007


It looks great, but maybe too slick for true sports fans. I bet there's a reason why the design of ESPN.com looks so aggressive and uses such strong colors.
posted by mathowie at 9:29 AM on March 3, 2007


And once they are all in there we can nuke it from orbit and finally be free!
posted by DU at 9:30 AM on March 3, 2007


A good start; if they add EPL, F1 or even MLS, I'll be all over it.
posted by Keane at 9:46 AM on March 3, 2007


"FanNation - The Republic of Sport" (unless you happen to live in a republic other than the US, or care about a sport other than MLB/ NFL/ NBA, aka the majority of the world.)

Not quite ready for prime time.
posted by docgonzo at 12:38 PM on March 3, 2007


And once they are all in there we can nuke it from orbit and finally be free!

But then who will you have to blame for your unhappiness?
posted by yerfatma at 2:38 PM on March 3, 2007


Looks nice, but not much good for us Yurpeans without the six nations rugby, Premiership/"EPL", etc.
posted by jamesonandwater at 4:45 PM on March 3, 2007


I just saw ILoveToPlay.com at the Montreal DemoCamp and it's similar but for actual sports players and not fans.
posted by furtive at 8:23 PM on March 3, 2007


what are others favorites social sites in this space?

www.yardbarker.com
http://www.sbnation.com/
www.truehoop.com
http://www.fanspot.com/


i dont think anyone is really doing this well... how might this type of sports and fantasy sports content best thread into existing social networks... where are social networks going anyway? the only one i really like is big and blue.
posted by specialk420 at 10:04 AM on March 4, 2007


and neither here nor there... but are affiliated in anyway with fannation "psmealey" ... i see you are from connecticut?

on social networks that ARE cool... flixster.com is pretty neato - and i must say... i do really like yelp.com
posted by specialk420 at 10:32 AM on March 4, 2007


but are affiliated in anyway with fannation "psmealey" ... i see you are from connecticut?

I know that Connecticut probably looks small on a map, but there are more than just a few of us living here. No, I am not affiliated with fannation in anyway. Just was a site that I happened on in my travels and was curious to see what folks thought.
posted by psmealey at 4:15 AM on March 5, 2007


what are others favorites social sites in this space?

www.yardbarker.com
http://www.sbnation.com/
www.truehoop.com
http://www.fanspot.com/

i dont think anyone is really doing this well... how might this type of sports and fantasy sports content best thread into existing social networks... where are social networks going anyway? the only one i really like is big and blue.
posted by specialk420


Truehoop was just bought by espn. That's doing pretty well.

There are a lot of sites that do sports pretty well (regardless that you haven't found one to your liking), and while it does almost everything else fantastic, the 'big and blue' one certainly isn't one of them.
posted by justgary at 11:17 AM on March 5, 2007


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