The Local Sports Blitz


Former Baltimore Sun reporter Lem Satterfield interviews a player after a high school football championship game for his new employer, DigitalSports. (By Zachary A. Goldfarb -- The Washington Post)

In today's paper, we looked at Columbia-based DigitalSports, a company trying to transform how local sports are covered online, and other online ventures looking to take over coverage of high school sports from newspapers. Here's a few links to parts of the DigitalSports Web site we referenced in the article, and an overview of a couple of the offerings online.

* DigitalSports: It's content can be uneven but at its best, DigitalSports delivers a blitz of local sports coverage. It is very active in the Washington area, with pages for Northern Virginia, the District and Maryland.

In the story, we mentioned Lem Satterfield, a former reporter for the Baltimore Sun, covered a championship match between two Maryland private schools on a recent Friday night. Here's his story. Video was also filmed of the event, featuring top regional football players as commentators. Here is one sample.

* HighSchoolSports : Offers schedules and statistics for thousands of high schools. Recently bought by Gannett.

* MaxPreps : Claims to have schedules and stats for 20,000 high schools. Recently bought by CBS.

* Rivals and Virginia site : Focused on college recruiting. Recently bought by Yahoo.

* Loudoun County Prep Sports : A small site trying to provide comprehensive coverage of Loudoun County sports.
The Washington Post also has beefed up its high school presence. That's particularly evident on the new, hyperlocal Loudoun Extra Web site. The sports part of the site includes news, a game of the week, a blog and other features.

--Zachary Goldfarb

By Dan Beyers  |  December 3, 2007; 8:00 AM ET
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This was a great story because I just had a talk with some people last weekend about doing a service such as this one. Living in Howard County I clearly see the need for such a company. I must had been onto something given the number of company already ahead of me :) Thanks for a great article.

Posted by: David Bailey | December 3, 2007 10:46 PM

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