Casselberry, FL, October 02, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Dean Hybl, a former college sports information director and long-time journalist and public relations professional, announces the creation of a new network of sports web sites under the brand Sports Then and Now
that are designed to provide passionate sports fans with a place where they can find analysis and information about current sports happenings, but also remember the great moments, players and teams in the history of sports.
"There is a lot going on in today's sports world and the sports fan and media often tend to overlook the great moments from the past and how they often connect with what is happening today," Hybl said. "We want Sports Then and Now to be a 'one-stop shop' where passionate fans can find information and discuss the current games, teams and events, but also can look back and fondly remember a great player, team or moment from the past."
"There are thousands of sports sites out there, but we think Sports Then and Now fills a much needed void. We have quality content that gives fans more than just the score and quick facts. We give young sports fans a chance to learn about the athletes of the past and we give older fans a chance to remember the stars and moments from their childhood," Hybl said.
The Sports Then and Now Network includes a main national site (http://sportsthenandnow.com) as well as three city specific sites geared toward the sports teams and fans in Baltimore (http://baltimore.sportsthenandnow.com), Boston (http://boston.sportsthenandnow.com) and Chicago (http://chicago.sportsthenandnow.com).
Each site includes a number of special features including a daily "On This Date" capsule, a weekly "Vintage Athlete of the Week" as well as polls and contests that give fans a chance to share their opinions and insight about current sports while also remembering great moments from the past.
Below is More Information About Sports Then and Now:
What is Sports Then and Now?: The history of sports in America is long and glorious, but too often the athletes, moments and memories of the past are forgotten when analyzing the issues and events of the current sports world. Sports Then and Now takes the “hot button” issues of today’s sports world and looks at them in the context of sports history.
Sports Then and Now is intended to be a “one stop shop” that connects passionate sports fans with the sports news they want to know and the sports history they want to remember.
Sports Then and Now Network: The Sports Then and Now Network consists of a national site covering sports across the country and world as well as three city specific sites dedicated to the sports teams, athletes and memories in Baltimore, Boston and Chicago.
Site Creator: Sports Then and Now is the brainchild of Dean Hybl, a sports historian and journalist with a background in college and professional sports. Dean has worked in sports public relations for the Philadelphia Eagles, Richmond Braves, James Madison Dukes, Rollins Tars and Hampden-Sydney Tigers. He also served six years as the head statistician for the Capital One Bowl and occasionally serves as a talent spotter for ESPN, Westwood One and the Compass Sports Network.
Since starting Sports Then and Now, Dean has had articles featured by the Wall Street Journal Daily Buzz and on the ESPN Sweet Spot Blog. His articles have also appeared on CBS Sportsline and Bleacher Report. Dean recently penned a popular series looking at the Best Players at Each Position Not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He also has done features on the 1994 Montreal Expos, the Chicago College Football All-Star Game, and the evolution of quarterbacks in the NFL. His column “Waiting for the Weekend” appears every Friday.
Featured Writers: Sports Then and Now features a number of talented writers including Joe Gill (Boston, NFL, NHL, Columnist), J.A. Allen (Tennis, College Football, Big Ten Football), Todd Civin (Baseball, Features, Boston Red Sox), Nick Gelso (NBA, Boston Celtics), Jacob Nitzberg (Baseball, Chicago Cubs), Jake Perper (Football, Chicago Bears), Blaine Spence (Special Features), Matt Taylor (Baltimore Orioles), Scott Weldon (NHL), and John Howell (Special Features).
Special Features: Among the regular features of Sports Then and Now is a daily “On This Date” capsule, a weekly “Vintage Athlete of the Week” for each site and a weekly “Classic Rewind” that looks at one NFL game from the past featuring two teams that will match up on the field during the upcoming week. During the College Football season, Sports Then and Now is featuring a weekly contest where fans can match their skills for prognosticating against the Sports Then and Now Zultan. Anyone who "Tops The Zultan" is eligible for a end of season drawing for a $50 Best Buy gift card.
Interview Opportunities: Dean and the Sports Then and Now feature writers are available to serve as subject experts for any issue related to current sports and their connection to sports history. They are also available to assist with sports history story content development. You can contact Dean directly at Dean@sportsthenandnow.com or 407.739.9969.
Link Exchange: Sports Then and Now is interested in promoting sports stories from across the country. If you have material that you think would fit any of the Sports Then and Now sites, please let us know. We are also open to exchanging links with any sports site whether a traditional media source, sports web site or sports blog. Contact Dean@sportsthenandnow.com to trade links.
Follow Sports Then and Now: You can follow Sports Then and Now on twitter at http://twitter.com/sportsthen_now.