Diehards' New Favorite App? Sportsmanias.com Lands $1M in Funding To Fuel Its Team News Mobile App
Amidst 500,000 Unique Monthly Website Visitors in First Nine Months, Mas Equity Partners Invests in Personalized Team News App Delivering Beat Writers News, Tweets, Rumors, Scores and Videos
MIAMI, Aug. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sportsmanias.com, the leading real-time team news aggregator, announced today that Mas Equity Partners has invested $1 million in the startup, which has bolstered its rapidly growing presence in the sports news industry. Sportsmanias has taken a significant step towards making sports news personalized, easily accessible, and of the highest quality for diehard fans with the launch of the free Team News app for iOS and Android.
Designed to deliver 24/7 professional beat writer journalism with team and player tweets, the concept is projected as 'straight from the guys who get it, Sportsmanias gets it to you,' highlighting beat writers as the best source for inside scoop on teams.
Founded in October 2012 by a Miami-based mother/son team comprised of Aymara Del Aguila and son Vicente J. Fernandez, Sportsmanias.com has experienced tremendous growth in its initial nine months, receiving 500,000 Unique Monthly Visitors to its website and partnering, in its earliest phase, with NFL star wide receiver Julio Jones, and Jeremy Maclin of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Vicente, a student-athlete and sports writer at the University of Chicago, and Aymara, an advertising executive workaholic, shared a vision to create a sports space where avid fans can get the content they want, how they want it. Vicente is the consummate diehard himself shaping Sportsmanias and its content. Aymara is the marketer whom identified the opportunity to improve the digital news experience for sports fans, based on her son's consumer habits.
Sportsmanias has filled an unmet need in the sports industry. Local beat writers, who provide top-notch news for a particular team, have lost audience in their traditional newspaper presence during the rise of blogging and social media. Vicente's passion for sports and acclaimed writing led to his goal of delivering higher caliber news by creating individualized team feeds, which provide fans with a dynamic mix of tweets and news coverage from beat writers across the nation whom collectively cover every professional and collegiate team. Sportsmanias delivers news, tweets, scores, schedules and standings all in one shot at unparalleled speed.
"Sportsmanias is the future of sports news," said Jorge Mas, founder of Mas Equity Partners. "Their team has figured out how to combine the speed and convenience of social media with the intelligence and depth of traditional journalism."
Mr. Mas is also Chairman of the Board of MasTec, a $4 billion infrastructure engineering and construction company based in Coral Gables, Fla.
"We are honored to partner with Jorge Mas and Mas Equity Partners," said Fernandez. "Mas is a true sports fan and a strong supporter of Miami's local teams. His passion for what we do and his track record of success will help Sportsmanias continue to feed avid sports fans the content they crave, as we cater to diehards' dedication to their favorite teams."
Mas Equity Partner's investment comes as Sportsmanias rolls out key updates to its Team News mobile app including a Rumor Filter, which collects league and team-specific rumors from top rumor sites, and a Video Filter, which aggregates footage from YouTube and Twitter that fans often miss.
The filters use a proprietary algorithm to mine rumors and videos in real-time. The updated app also features easier navigation, improved visuals, a scoreboard for games in progress and keyword searches that allow fans to further customize their newsfeed.
"Sportsmanias is the easiest, fastest and most complete source of team news out there," said Del Aguila. "With our current growth rate, we expect to reach 1.5 million Unique Monthly Visitors by the end of this year. Sportsmanias features beat writers who eat, breathe and live sports as their profession, delivering breaking news everyday, every few minutes, on fans' favorite teams."
The sports news aggregator site for diehard fans, Sportsmanias displays 24/7 professional news as personalized feeds. Fans are delivered news, tweets, videos and rumors about the teams they love by the beat writers that cover them. The team continually refines the sports news experience from offices in Miami and New York. Straight from the guys who get it. Sportsmanias gets it to you. For more information, visit Sportsmanias.com.
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