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:

  • 2009 FSWA Best Fantasy Baseball Print Publication [3rd consecutive win]
  • 2009 FSWA Best Fantasy Football Article on the Internet - [Derek VanRiper]
  • 2009 FSWA Best Fantasy Baseball Article on the Internet - [Dave Regan]
  • 2009 FSWA Best Baseball Series - [Dave Regan]
  • 2009 FSWA Fantasy Basketball Writer of the Year - [Andre' Snellings - His 2nd win in three years]
  • 2009 FSWA Fantasy Racing Writer of the Year - [Mark Taylor - His 2nd consecutive win]
  • 2009 FSTA Best Fantasy Magazine - [For both RotoWire's baseball and football magazines]
  • 2008 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year - [Jeff Erickson - His 2nd consecutive win]
  • 2008 FSWA Fantasy Golf Writer of the Year - [John McNamara]
  • 2088 FSWA Fantasy Racing Writer of the Year - [Mark Taylor]
  • 2008 FSWA Fantasy College Sports Writer of the Year - [Adam Mankuta]
  • 2008 FSWA Best Fantasy Football Article on the Internet - [Chris Liss]
  • 2008 FSWA Best Fantasy Baseball Print Publication - RotoWire Fantasy Baseball Guide 2008 [2nd consectuive win]
  • 2008 FSTA Best Draft Kit - Rotowire Fantasy Baseball Draft Kit
  • 2007 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year [Jeff Erickson]
  • 2007 FSWA Fantasy Hockey Writer of the Year [Janet Eagleson - Her 2nd consecutive win]
  • 2007 FSWA Fantasy Basketball Writer of the Year - [Andre' Snellings]
  • 2007 FSWA Best Fantasy Football Print Publication - RotoWire Fantasy Football Guide 2007
  • 2007 FSWA Best Fantasy Baseball Print Publication - RotoWire Fantasy Baseball Guide 2007
  • 2007 FSWA Best Fantasy Baseball Article in Print - [Will Carroll for Lessons Learned: Digging in the Injury Database in the RotoWire Fantasy Baseball Guide 2007 - His 3rd consecutive win in this category]
  • 2006 FSWA Best Fantasy Baseball Article on the Internet [Peter Schoenke]
  • 2006 FSWA Best Fantasy Hockey Writer of the Year [Janet Eagleson]
  • 2006 FSWA Best Baseball Magazine Article In Print [Will Carroll]
  • 2005 FSWA Golf Writer of the Year [Greg Vara]
  • 2005 FSTA Best Football Draft Kit
  • 2005 FSTA Best Fantasy Baseball Magazine
  • 2005 FSWA Best Baseball Magazine Article In Print [Will Carroll]
  • 2005 FSWA Ad Campaign of the year
  • 2001 FSTA Fantasy Baseball Website of the Year
  • And our staff does very well in experts leagues, as evident by our recent titles:

  • 2009 Mixed Tout Wars [Chris Liss]
  • 2009 Yahoo! Sports Experts Baseball League champion [Chris Liss]
  • 2008 Yahoo! Sports Experts Football League champion [Chris Liss]
  • 2008 The Metro Sports Fantasy Football League [Chris Liss]
  • 2008 Sports Illustrated/Citizen Sports Fantasy Football Experts League [Chris Liss]
  • 2007 $50,000 Fantasy Jungle Fantasy Football Grand Prize Winner [Mike Doria]
  • 2007 NL Tout Wars [Jeff Erickson]
  • 2007 Fantasy College Football Invitational chamption [Jeff Erickson]
  • 2006 CBS Sportsline 5x5 NL Expert Draft league [Erik Seigrist]
  • 2006 Yahoo! Sports Experts Baseball League champion [Chris Liss]
  • 2005-06 Yahoo! Sports Experts Hockey League champion [Peter Schoenke]
  • 2005 Yahoo! Sports Experts Football League champion [Chris Liss]
  • 2004-05 Yahoo! Sports Experts Basketball League champion [Peter Schoenke]
  • 2004 CSBC / CBS Sportsline Fantasy Basketball champion
  • 2004 Creative Sports NL Expert League champion
  • 2002 Fantasy GMs College Football Expert League champion (first college expert league using player names) [Peter Schoenke]
  • 2001 FSTA Baseball champion
  • 2000 FSTA Football champion
  • 2000 Gridiron Grumblings Expert League Champ
  • Our innovations include:

  • The Fantasy Industry's first real-time player news in 1997. (You'll notice all our competitors copied our format that uses a "news" and "analysis" for each player note. We invented that in 1997).
  • The Fantasy Industry's first real-time customized cheat sheet in 1998.
  • The Fantasy Industry's first free online commissioner service in 1998 (we learned our lesson and later went pay).
  • The first online site to offer a fantasy sports magazine in print in 2000.
  • The first web site to offer wireless player updates in 2004.
  • 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.

    Management Bios

    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.