Tim Tebow A No Show As StatSheet Beats NFL to All-Pro Punch

StatSheet, the robotic sports news service that provides stories and stats as they happen, jumped ahead of the National Football League today by releasing ranks and grades that show how each player performed on a game-by-game basis.

In its selections, StatSheet demonstrated statistically that Denver Broncos phenom QB Tim Tebow is nowhere near qualified to play in the game in Hawaii.

The complete list of StatSheet selections at the key offensive positions appears at the bottom of this blog post.

The NFL is scheduled to release its All-Pro selections later today.

StatSheet’s All-Pro team was created by Joe Procopio — the StatSheet team member most responsible for promoting StatSheet, and developing its community. The listing is branded by StatSheet as the NFL All-StatSheet Team. Mobile sports fans can expect to see this grow into an annual event, as StatSheet works to become a trusted source for fast and accurate sports information .

StatSheet works differently than ESPN, CBS Sports, Yahoo Sports and most competitors. It draws in-depth information from all available sources of real-time sports information, and assembles it into automated sports stories, drill-down statistics and graphics. Sports is the first subject interested StatSheet’s parent company is tackling, but it is likely to eventually compete or partner in financial services with such companies as Bloomberg.

Here is StatSheet’s 2011 All-Pro team:


Tom Brady
New England Patriots
100+ points = A+
4,897 yards, 36 TD, 11 INT

Matt Schaub
Houston Texans
90.0 points = A-
2,479 yards, 15 TD, 6 INT

Injury Replacement
Philip Rivers
San Diego Chargers
87.0 points = B+
4,314 yards, 24 TD, 19 INT

Aaron Rodgers
Green Bay Packers
100+ points = A+
4,643 yards, 45 TD, 6 INT

Drew Brees
New Orleans Saints
100+ points = A+
5,087 yards, 41 TD, 13 INT

Running Back

Fred Jackson
Buffalo Bills
100+ points = A+
934 yards, 6 TD

Maurice Jones-Drew
Jacksonville Jaguars
100+ points = A+
1,437 yards, 8 TD

Injury Replacement
Arian Foster
Houston Texans
100+ points = A+
1224 yards, 10 TD


LeSean McCoy
Philadelphia Eagles
100+ points = A+
1,309 yards, 17 TD

Matt Forte
Chicago Bears
94.1+ points = A
997 yards, 3 TD

Injury Replacement
Skipping over Jahvid Best, Detroit Lions, 94.1/A and Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings, 91.3/A-
Marshawn Lynch
Seattle Seahawks
91.1 points = A-
1,118 yards, 12 TD

Wide Receiver

Wes Welker
New England Patriots
100+ points = A+
1,518 yards, 9 TD

Mike Wallace
Pittsburgh Steelers
94.9 points = A
1,182 yards, 8 TD

Calvin Johnson
Detroit Lions
100+ points = A+
1,437 yards, 15 TD

Victor Cruz
New York Giants
97.1+ points = A+
1,358 yards, 8 TD

Tight End

Rob Gronkowski
New England Patriots
100+ points = A+
1,219 yards, 15 TD

Aaron Hernandez
New England Patriots
99.3 points = A+
772 yards, 6 TD

Jimmy Graham
New Orleans Saints
100+ points = A+
1,213 yards, 10 TD

Tony Gonzalez
Atlanta Falcons
97.6 points = A+
867 yards, 7 TD

Verizon Wireless Strategist Discusses Super Bowl With Beet.TV

Outlining Super Bowl plans and the mobile sports experience, Hans Schroeder, Verizon Wireless SVP for Media Strategy, appeared today on Beet.TV, discussing triple-digit growth of sports viewing on mobile devices and what mobile sports users can expect from the live-streaming experience. It is one of the best interviews by a carrier executive to date.

Watch it here.

AT&T 1st Telco to Use Foursquare Badge Contest

Giving away a trip for two to the 2013 BCS National Championship game, AT&T will offer fans a chance to unlock foursquare badges at check-in locations for all of the BCS title games, as well as select sports bars. Running between Jan. 2 and Jan. 9, the name of the promotion is “AT&T Football Fanatic. ”

Guidelines for the game appear on a Facebook page.

Badges are the essence of foursquare, the booming social media platform, because it has turned social media into a game. Earning badges allow people to stand out from others.

With its “AT&T Football Fanatic” contest, AT&T is one of the most aggressive large brands to leverage foursquare thus far.AT&T VP  Wireless Data, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets Ted Woodbury called foursquare “a unique social media platform.” At foursquare, the game was sold and coordinated by a team led by VP of Mobile and International Holger Luedorf.


BCS Games where AT&T will enable check-in are the Jan. 2 Rose Bowl, Jan. 2 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Jan. 3 Allstate Sugar Bowl, Jan. 4 Discover Orange Bowl and Jan. 9 Allstate BCS National Championship.

Another example of AT&T’s commitment to foursquare is a popular AT&T Blackberry Torch 4G commercial that’s currently in heavy rotation during network sports coverage, a Dilbert-type declares himself “Mayor Dennis of the Water Cooler.”



USA TODAY Poaches Former CBS Interactive Digital Exec

USA TODAY VP of Digital Mark Kortekaas

USA Today’s revamp of its Sports Media Group executive ranks continued this week, as it poached former BBC online technology group general manager and CBS Interactive senior vice president and CTO Mark Kortekaas.

At USA TODAY, Kortekaas will be senior vice president of digital.

USA TODAY Sports Media Group president Tom Buesse said in a statement:

“Mark has unique, battle-tested experience in developing platforms that provide a first-class digital offering for sports fans. He’s exactly the right person to help us build out a digital architecture that will present and deliver our content in the most engaging, user-friendly and relevant ways possible.”

The move continues the reshuffle of USA TODAY’s Sports Media Group.

In November, former Yahoo! executive Dave Morgan was named senior vice president and editor-in-chief, and former IMG Sports and Entertainment VP of sales Peter Lazarus was named senior vice president and head of multimedia sales, according to an earlier Mobile Sports Report article.

USA TODAY is expected to be a logical candidate to develop mobile applications that leverage its established brand, and provide consumers with advanced Fantasy Sports options, including the ability to switch players during games. In the gaming industry this is called “in-running,” and Mobile Sports Report has coined the name “In-running Fantasy Sports.”

Created in January, USA TODAY is a crucial element to the future of the media company. It manages the sports content of 81 daily media properties, 23 broadcast television stations, and HighSchoolSports.net, BNQT.com and MMAjunkie.com.

A laggard in recent years, USA Today’s new team faces the challenge of catching up to and then eclipsing the mounting competition. Such traditional competitors as ESPN, which is highly innovative in the mobile arena, and such upstarts as Bleacher Report and SBNation have outpaced the company in digital development.

However, there is a big market opportunity that nearly everyone in the industry is eyeing. Yahoo! Sports, which is still No. 1 in Fantasy Sports services, appears to be slipping with uncertainty in its executive ranks and the potential sale of parts of the company. If it begins to lose market share, USA Today and others could benefit.


Cantor Gaming Expects NBA Christmas Day Mobile Device Betting Boom

Cantor Gaming favors Miami Heat to win NBA championship

Cantor Gaming, the Las Vegas-based company poised to take advantage of nationwide gambling on mobile devices when it is legalized across the United States, said Wednesday that it expects pent-up demand for NBA wagering to drive audiences to wager on Christmas Day, when five games tip-off the 66-game regular season, according to a Sacramento Bee report.

Mike Colbert, Cantor’s Race & Sports Book Risk Director, said:

“The Heat are the favorite to win this year’s championship, followed by the Lakers, Bulls, Thunder, and Mavs.”

In the state of Nevada, Cantor’s Android-compatible mobile sports wagering application already allows people to bet on games. In addition, Cantor is an innovator in “in-running” gambling, which allows gamblers to bet on propositions as the game develops. For example, if the Heat’s LeBron James has racked up 40 points by the end of the third quarter of a game, Cantor may present a proposition on whether James will go over or under 53 total points in the game.

Reform to the Unlawful Gambling Enforcement Act and The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, passed by Congress in 1992, are needed in order to allow legal sports betting on mobile devices across the United States.

Today, because of Federal law, an estimated $380 billion annually in illegal sports betting is conducted in the United States annually, according to National Gambling Impact Study Commission. Much of that is conducted through the online portals of offshore casinos, which are widely known to provide poor customer service and slow payouts. Reform would prove a boom for mobile device application developers.

Research firm Gartner Group estimated that global mobile gaming revenues reached $5.6 billion in 2010, and predicted the market would grow to $11.4 billion dollars by 2014.


ManU wins laurels in Brit Sports Digital Agency’s New Soccer Social Media Stats

English Soccer League top goaltender Peter Cech

In what could prove a template for U.S. sports teams interested in tracking the efficacy of their outreach, the innovative and edgy digital sports agency Freestyle Interactive has launched a Social Media analytics service for English Premier League soccer.

On a monthly basis,  Freestyle will publish the total tweets, Twitter followers and Facebook Likes Premier teams rack up. The company has published the December numbers, which show ManU sucking wind on Twitter as it is tied for last at No. 19 among 20 teams. Meanwhile, Aresenal has landed over 1 million Twitter followers in the same time frame.

On Facebook, ManU is top dog with over 20 million likes. That’s interesting data because it may determine whether a totally Facebook-centric strategy or a Twitter-centric strategy delivers the greatest bang for your buck.

Sports social media sponsorship dollars should add significant new revenue streams for sports teams within three years, Mobile Sports Report’s senior editor Frookie predicts.

Displaying awesome chops in the social media arena, Freestyle is also identifying its pick as the best of the month in sports social media innovation for allowing fans to display Tweets on its scoreboard during games.

Kudos to Freestyle for being as cagey as Chelsea’s goaltender Peter Cech is at keeping balls out of his cage.

Here’s the Freestyle data in an awesome graphic: