Seeking a way to follow all of Florida’s pro and college sports teams without having to search dozens of Web sites each day, veteran public relations executive and former newspaper reporter Ron Sachs has created a one-stop shop for the state’s sports fans.
Just in time for football season, FLSportsFan.com, which launched today, aggregates sports news from across the state, linking to the sports pages of newspapers, including the Sun Sentinel; sports columnists; blogs; and television sites. It includes sections for football, baseball, basketball and hockey, college sports, golf, tennis and NASCAR.
“I love sports, like millions of other Floridians, and I have found in recent years, while I’m a Miami Dolphins fan, because I was born and raised in Miami, I also like to follow the exploits of the Jaguars and the Bucs,” Sachs said. “I like the University of Florida, of which I’m a graduate, but I also follow Miami and I live in Tallahassee, so I like to follow Florida State.”
Sachs said he’s also found himself following the state’s other increasingly successful college football teams, including those at USF and FAU. And with Florida’s two baseball teams, the Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays, both in playoff races, Sachs believes Florida baseball fans are most likely watching both teams.
“If you love sports, it’s difficult to find enough of it just in one site,” Sachs said. “We decided to feed that hunger on the biggest platform, a very simple, but big platform, for all the teams in Florida.”
Sachs credits Justin Sayfie, founder of the Sayfie Review, for the inspiration. Sayfie Review aggregates political stories from around Florida.
For now, FLSportsFan.com’s only original content is the Sports Addict Blog, being written by former Miami Herald Tallahassee writer Gary Fineout. But Sachs has plans for other features, including a weekly video component for sports arguments something like ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption.
The site is supported by a small amount of advertising. Sachs said he expects to be able to attract more advertising, but “I don’t think anybody’s going to get rich off it … I think it’s going to have a very loyal readership … I’m excited about it, because I do believe we are helping sports fans, giving them options.”