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Guest dankus

More than likely, the only thing that will really change is the backend stuff - the programming and the database in particular.

 

Yahoo is not known for using Microsoft products and technology - so I imagine they will switch from using ASP and MS-SQL server to something else, probably Python or PHP with an alternative DB, possibly MySQL or Oracle.

 

That will probably be amongst the most drastic changes since the staff will be absorbed within Yahoo. Other than that, they bought Rivals because of the membership numbers, and fudging the way the sites are run to generate content would be unwise.

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Yahoo is not known for using Microsoft products and technology - so I imagine they will switch from using ASP and MS-SQL server to something else, probably Python or PHP with an alternative DB, possibly MySQL or Oracle.

 

What ?? :shock: :shock: I'm not as smart as dankus, so I'll just wait and see what happens.

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I heard of this some 4-5 months ago about the sale but was prohibited to say where or mention it cause I am considerd anti Rivals, Scout etc.. I think it's a good thing.

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I heard of this some 4-5 months ago about the sale but was prohibited to say where or mention it cause I am considerd anti Rivals, Scout etc.. I think it's a good thing.

 

Why would anyone get that impression :lol: :lol:

 

mightyeskimo, you're partially right, UF owns half.

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Ahhh, Scotty just a guy and place I can't mention we all know. :D All is good. I am not sad to see the old owner :censored: sell, as I have several times stateed I think the whole paysight bit is a dinosaur in 2007 internet and soon to be extinct.

 

He was smart to get out when he could. Yahoo brought an empty bag. :lol: Have to see what Yahoo does with this :?:

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It doesn't sound like they'll change much, most things will be cosmetic changes as others have stated. This brings up a point from another thread in the general forum about online papers being free. I know my local paper operates much like the paysites in that they give little teasers of articles to get you to subscribe online. Most articles that are free are AP articles. Paysites aren't dinosaurs, they're morelike aliens that are taking over. Pretty soon you won't have printed newspapers, they're a waste of paper and with the computer age in full swing for sometime you'll have your morning paper waiting for you in your hotmail account rather than your mailbox. We live in a supply and demand society and nothing's free (legal anyways), Yahoo hasn't been such a success buying empty bags.

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I heard of this some 4-5 months ago about the sale but was prohibited to say where or mention it cause I am considerd anti Rivals, Scout etc.. I think it's a good thing.

 

 

Here is a Reuters article about all the details that have been announced and it will confirm what SJ said here. Although his time frame may be off some but it confirms his comment.

 

 

 

By Eric Auchard

SAN FRANCISCO, June 20 (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc. YHOO said on Wednesday it would acquire Rivals.com, a site for fans of college and high school teams, bolstering the Internet media company's place as the top U.S. sports site in audience terms.

Besides bringing Yahoo a base of 2 million to 2.5 million fans of high school and college football and basketball, the deal also is a measure of Yahoo's commitment to its media business following top-level management changes this week.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Rivals.com, which is based in Brentwood, Tennessee, outside of Nashville, has developed an avid base among hardcore sports fans since it was founded in 2001. It operates 105 college team sites and another 48 regional sites for high school fans to track local sports, Rivals Chief Executive Shannon Terry said.

Rivals.com counts more than 180,000 subscribers. Its revenue comes from subscribers, advertising and e-commerce conducted on the site.

It will function as an independent unit in Yahoo Sports, a media site which attracts a monthly audience of 15 million visitors, according to audience measurement firm comScore Inc.

Yahoo Sports, which is advertising-supported but has a sizable subscriber base for its fantasy sports league, recently surpassed the audience of its biggest competitor, ESPN.com, which has about 12.7 million users, comScore says.

It was formed when founders of a predecessor company, Rival Networks, bought out owners of a failing dot-com. Rival Networks was first founded in 1996. Rivals.com has eight investors, four of whom work for the company, including Terry.

In April, technology blog TechCrunch reported that Yahoo was considering buying Rivals.com for a "possible $100 million." The blog also highlighted Terry's role in a stock promotion scheme in the mid-1990s and reported that his business dealings had led previous merger deals to fall apart.

According to a 1998 litigation document from the Securities and Exchange Commission, Terry was involved in a widely publicized "pump and dump" stock scheme in a tiny company known as Systems of Excellence. Terry was a principal at a stock promoter, called SGA Goldstar Research.

In a joint interview, Yahoo officials and Terry declined to comment on his prior business dealings.

According to his company biography, Terry was co-captain of the basketball team at Lipscomb University, where his team won 145 games over four years, a college basketball record.

On Monday, Yahoo Chairman and Chief Executive Terry Semel had resigned as CEO and would be replaced by the Sunnyvale, California-based company's co-founder, Jerry Yang. Semel will remain as non-executive chairman of the board of directors.

((Reporting by Eric Auchard, editing by Braden Reddall; Telephone: +1 415 677 3919; E-mail: eric.auchard@reuters.com)) Keywords: YAHOO SPORTS/

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Guest SirJohn
:D I think that insiderd( Gad i hate that term) were getting the vibes earlier on about their second life jobs and this was what i was getting. I'm told bunches are axed.
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