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ACTIVE Network and Its Products and Services in the News to Acquire

LA JOLLA, Calif. – December 11, 2000 – Continuing to act as a strategic consolidator in the online participatory sports space, announced today that it has signed a deal to acquire Los Angeles-based

The purchase of, a company that has established itself as the leading web community for team and league sports, will give definitive leadership in the league market with a combined product offering that includes high-end, high-utility web tools for league administrators and easy-to-use, engaging community tools for players, coaches and families. will also add 150,000 teams and over 10,000 leagues to its user base, while boosting site traffic to 30 million page views per month.

“Joining forces with allows us to more rapidly implement key components of our business plan," said Dave Alberga, president and chief executive officer, “The acquisition cuts our time-to-market to zero for numerous projects we have in the queue and allows us to completely focus on reaching profitability in 2001."

As one of the top ranked, most trafficked sports sites on the Internet, has developed an online product that responds directly to the needs of players, coaches and families involved in team sports. According to Alberga, represents a perfect complement to’s existing ActiveLeagues offering and enables to extend its online registration capabilities to a new customer base while leveraging’s community tools across its events, leagues and park activities segments.

Brian Johnson, founder and president of, will lead the integration effort between and As’s Vice President of Community, Johnson will relocate a core team to’s headquarters in La Jolla. Former Adidas America President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Wynne, who joined in June as chairman and chief executive officer, will assume an advisory role with

“This is an exciting opportunity for us to merge operations with a company that is clearly leading this space in terms of a proven revenue model, sound investment backing and market penetration in online registration," said Johnson, who founded the company and most recently served as’s president. “Our focus has been on understanding our customers’ needs and providing a market-leading product that creates a richer experience for the participants, families, coaches and fans involved with team and league sports. We now have a chance to bring this premier resource into a complementary environment built on strong business principles."

Under Johnson’s leadership, raised over $5 million, captured 150,000 teams in over 50 countries and earned a ranking of 13th most trafficked sports web site by PC Data Online. The most widely used online resource for the youth sports market,’s home-page building tools, skills instruction and coaching tips are used by high school, college and adult athletes worldwide.

As a full-service amateur sports community, has created an intuitive interface that bridges the gap between teams and leagues by facilitating streamlined communication. Within minutes, consumers can create their own custom web site including: schedules, scores and standings, team rosters, photos, local weather reports, directions to games and team news and message boards. Parents who also coach can access instructional tips and drills, coaching clinics, advice from experts, rule verification, bulletin boards, real time chat rooms, and more.’s web sites are free, easy to build and can be personalized by adding team colors, special graphics, animation and music.

“The two companies share a passion for participatory sports, an employee- and customer-focused culture and a team that represents the best talent in the industry," said Matt Landa, chief commerce officer, “ has developed a great, viral community product that has immediate appeal for anyone involved with team and league sports. We’ll be leveraging this community resource to maximize all of our revenue streams, including online registration, e-commerce, sponsorship and advertising."

With a greater than 90% market share of events using online registration, continues to lead the events and leagues segment, providing registration and data management tools for more than 20,000 events and league organizations, including established relationships with the United States Olympic Committee and multiple sports National Governing Bodies, as well as the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association, the leading professional organization for college-based recreational athletics. also has a deep stake in the parks market, launching early this year, a co-founded initiative with the National Recreation and Park Association. is a free, online service-based initiative uniting park and recreation professionals through a web resource that provides a database of local, county and state park and recreation facilities. The database will also allow the public to get online at and search and register for facilities and programs at parks across the country.

Last month, merged with Sacramento, Calif.-based Sierra Digital, Inc. (SDI), a leading provider of recreation management software for park and recreation agencies. This merger will enable to offer online registration capabilities to SDI’s 1,000-organization customer base. Also this year, launched an e-commerce offering with the debut of its Active Sports Mecca store (, a complete online destination for active lifestyle sports apparel, equipment and services.’s announcement today comes after its recent closing of a $21 million second round of financing led by Deutsche Bank’s ABS Ventures. This latest financing round was preceded by a $15.5 million investment by Ticketmaster-Online CitySearch. To date, has raised approximately $52 million.


Recently named “Best of the Web" by Forbes Magazine, and a "Hot Site" by both USA Today and Sports Illustrated for Kids, ( is the premier online community for connecting players, coaches and families to the sports they love. brings the excitement of amateur sports to the Internet by providing free team, league and individual web sites, instructional tips & drills, communication tools, and e-commerce and services. continues to experience exponential growth in its membership, now boasting more than 150,000 registered teams worldwide and generating more than 22 million page impressions per month. For more information, visit


As the leading online registration company for participatory sports and recreational activities, La Jolla-based ( solves a perennial problem for event, league and park administrators by moving their inefficient, paper-based registration processes to the Web. The company was recently named, “Best of the Web" by U.S. News & World Report magazine. Through the company’s powerful set of data management tools, is saving event, league and park administrators time and money while improving their communications with participants. For participants, provides the most comprehensive worldwide database to find, learn about and register for sports and recreational activities online. The company has exclusive partnerships with sports national governing bodies and major Internet and media outlets. For more information, visit ( or call (888) 543-7223.

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