Surf Potatoes Get Exercise On The Net...!
Although the Web has long been the home of sporting
archives and presentations, the pace is getting hotter and
those original low budget academic pioneers have a struggle
on their hands as the cash moves in. Last issue we had a peek
at the golfing exploits of Unisys, this time we are regaled
by many more.
Anyone for Tennis..?
Well, we couldn’t resist this opening line, could we:
“The ATP Tour is serving tennis across a different net -
The Association of Tennis Professionals has put up a
remarkably detailed presentation covering the events and
players. It’s an awesome piece of the highest quality
marketing work and sets standards that should be seen at
You can look up the details and download a picture of
your favourite tennis star, right down to the correct
pronunciation of their name: “ANDRE AGASSI (USA)
(pronounced: AG-us-see)" He’s earned $7,700,705 in prize
money, and he’s the youngest of four children (Tamee,
News balls please...
Tennis strikes again, and the World Wide Web Tennis Server,
claimed to be the first tennis information centre on the
Internet World Wide Web, celebrated its first online
anniversary in August. Since its inception last year, the
site has served up tennis information to an estimated
audience of more than 100,000 tennis enthusiasts from over
65 countries, with over 2.1 million accesses in total.
"Twelve months ago we never dreamed how popular the
Tennis Server would become. People thought we were crazy
putting a tennis information centre and tennis store
on-line," explained Cliff Kurtzman of the Tenagra
Corporation, the Web marketing and public relations firm
that founded the Tennis Server. "Today our on-line
sponsors are thriving and new subscriptions to our free
monthly email newsletter Tennis Server INTERACTIVE are over
3,200 and continue to grow at 40% per month.
And not to be outdone, the Daily Mail has sprung soccer on
the Web at http://www.soccernet.com/
There are all sorts of details of the players and the
managers of the teams. Did you know that Stuart Nethercott
was born in Chadwell Heath?
The reporting style leaks through in the commentary,
which spares no blushes: Former England U21 international
fond of pushing forward from central defence. His approach
suited Ardiles' pattern of play but he was replaced by
Mabbutt last season when Francis arrived. Could well
struggle to make the first team. Sounds like transfer
material to me, Saint...
Cricket lives at
where the classic “Beefy loses his bails” advert poster can
And the rest...
Plus there’s a growing (US-centric) list of dozens of
sports at http://www2.info seek.com/doc/netdir/sports.html
This all underlines the basic function of the Web as an
information distribution medium, and reminds us all once
again of the ultimate dilemma that faces those with
Just where is anyone going to find the time to cope with
all this stuff?