About RotoSports, Inc. (RSI)RSI is a sports publishing company that develops products for hard-core sports fans.
RSI has three lines of business: web publishing, print publishing and syndicated content.
RSI's flagship product is the RotoWire.com fantasy sports web site. RotoWire is the web's premier fantasy news and information resource with 24/7 coverage of baseball, football, hockey, basketball, college football, college basketball and golf.
RotoWire's fantasy news team features 10 full-time editors and a stringer network of over 85 experienced writers covering each professional team and college conference. The RotoWire staff combs all the newswires and newspapers, watches live games and gets information directly from the locker room to keep fantasy sports players informed around the clock.
RSI's other web sites include MockDraftCentral.com, a leading mock draft site, Coverwire.com, a leading Internet site for sports gaming news and information and Databasesports.com, a leading statistical reference site.
RSI also produces sports content for such partners as Yahoo! Sports, ESPN.com, FoxSports, NBA.com, AOL.com, NASCAR.com and PGATour.com.
RSI is among the leaders of the fantasy industry as members of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association and Fantasy Sports Writers Association. We're also regularly invited to the top fantasy expert leagues, such as the USA Today Sports Weekly Baseball LABR league, Tout Wars, Yahoo! Sports experts leagues and many more.
Among the industry awards we've won:
And our staff does very well in experts leagues, as evident by our recent titles:
Our innovations include:
RotoNews to RotoWire Comes Full Circle - Our History
RotoWire.com is the leader in fantasy sports quality because of it's innovation and experience. Those of us at RotoWire.com love what we do, and that shows up in the quality of the work and the persistence our story.
In 1997, three Northwestern graduates, Peter Schoenke, Jeff Erickson and Herb Ilk, came up with an idea that changed the fantasy sports market forever: to provide real-time news and analysis for fantasy sports junkies like themselves. RotoNews.com was born and revolutionized the industry.
Not long after they launched the site, the founders realized that the demand for real-time information was beyond even their wildest expectations. Suddenly, RotoNews was consistently ranked among the 10 largest sports sites in surveys by both Media Metrix and PC Data, topping such sites as FoxSports.com. RotoNews became so big that the owners decided to chase the same dot-com bubble as everyone else and sold the company to a West Coast corporation in 1999. In 2001 that company's management (which the RotoNews founders were not part of), misjudged the "new economy" and went bankrupt. RotoNews.com was stuck in bankruptcy limbo.
The RotoNews team decided to march on and continue to provide the fantasy news, information and commissioner services that served the industry so well, but as a new business: RotoWire.com. The tremendous changes in the Internet advertising market also caused the business model of the new web site to change and our content went from free to a pay model.
The same editors, writers, and programmers that made RotoNews.com the leading brand for fantasy news on the Web created RotoWire.com. Since our RotoNews days we've added some new faces, but the core group remains the same. Peter Schoenke, Jeff Erickson, Chris Liss, Jason Thornbury, Mike Doria, Tim Schuler, Derek Van Riper, Tim McCaigue, Shannon McKeown and Herb Ilk form the RotoWire.com team along with a large network of writers that kept our coverage the best on the web.
Our goal is the same from back when we started: to be the best resource of real-time information and draft preparation for fantasy players anywhere. The business model may have changed, and competitors and knock-off copycats of our original concept may have emerged, but few will deny we still produce the most timely and thorough information on the web.
Peter Schoenke founded the company and has served as its president since its inception. Mr. Schoenke is a former editor for Investment Dealers' Digest and a reporter for Dow Jones and contributor to the Wall Street Journal, the American Banker and the Chicago Tribune. Mr. Schoenke holds a master's degree in journalism and a B.A. in economics and political science from Northwestern University.
Mr. Ilk is the company's CTO an experienced Internet programmer and web site architect, formerly with Sundoro Development. He holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Northwestern University.
Timothy J. Schuler is the company's Chief Operating Officer and contributes to content development. Tim has an undergraduate degree in management from Canisius College and holds a Masters in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Prior to RotoSports, Tim was a project manager and Associate Vice President in the investment industry for six years, and most recently worked as a Senior Content Editor in the sports industry.
Jeff Erickson is the senior editor of RotoWire.com and responsible for the baseball and hockey content for the RSI web sites. Mr. Erickson is a leader among fantasy sports analysts as a member of the prestigious LABR Baseball Weekly experts draft and a speaker at the annual Arizona Fall League Symposium. Mr. Erickson is the Editor and Chief of RotoWire's Fantasy Baseball Guide and has made frequent television apperances on ESPNews. He also hosted a daily radio show on XM for four years. Mr. Erickson holds a law degree from Loyola University in Chicago.
Christopher Liss is RotoWire's managing editor, responsible for all the NFL and NBA content as well as our partnerships with Turner Sports and NBA.com. Mr. Liss is the Editor and Chief of RotoWire's annual Fantasy Football Guide (circulation 150,000), writes weekly NFL, NBA and MLB columns for Yahoo Sports and appears and Yahoo! Sports' emmy-nominated Fantasy Football Live show. Mr. Liss has extensive experience in radio, making appearances on local stations around the country and hosting a daily fantasy football show on XM for three years. Mr. Liss has also made frequent appearances on ESPNews and has been featured on NBATV and the NFL Network. Mr. Liss has written for RotoWire since 1998, and is especially popular for his Beating the Book article where he picks games against the spread (54 percent over 10 years). Mr. Liss also holds a law degree from Fordham.
Shannon McKeown is director of advertising sales and business development.