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May 08

Manny’s Impact on You Fantasy Baseball Players

by Kelly Perdew Baseball, Fantasy Sports, RotoHog.com, Sports 1 Comment

Here is Sean Koerner’s (one of RotoHog’s top fantasy analysts) view of Manny’s impact on fantasy players as a result of his 50-game suspension:

Players who own Manny:

Exchange/Salary Cap – pretty simple…you are going to want to drop him immediately!

H2H league – Don’t Panic. Place Manny onto your bench and don’t take him off until he returns on July 3rd. Hopefully your bench has enough depth where you can place a respectable OF in place of him, if not go scour the list of Free Agent Outfielders and add the best one available. Make sure you take a deep breath before looking at any of the trade offers you may get for Manny, the other owners in your league will be testing you to see just how low cheap you are willing to give him up right now. You are going to have to imitate Manny’s agent Scott Boras and be firm with the other owners and demonstrate that you feel that Manny still has a ton of value. Yes, he will be out for almost 8 weeks, but he will be back in time to produce for your team in the 2nd half of the season and in the playoffs. Speaking of the playoffs, here are a couple of scenarios to consider:

- If the season were to end today and your team were to make the playoffs; go ahead and keep Manny, be patient. Remember that he is suspended (and not injured), so when he returns he will most likely pick up where he left off and help you down the line in the playoffs when it matters most. If may start to slightly slip in the standings, but if you fear your playoff chances are getting more and more grim, you may need to sacrifice Manny to get a quick upgrade for that OF slot.

- If the season were to end today and your team would be out of playoff contention; go ahead and start to get a feel for who you can get for him. Maybe start with players like Adam Dunn (Was - OF) or Ryan Ludwick (STL - OF) and work your way down. It is very important to make it to the playoffs, so you must do everything and anything possible to get there, but it is also important to not give up too much!

Points League – Manny will not be producing any points for the next 8 weeks, so if you don’t have enough depth to sustain that kind of blow, then you might want to consider trading him away. It is important to get a player that would have enough value to start every single day for the rest of the season because that is what you might be missing with Manny being out. A player like Vernon Wells (Tor – OF) or Hunter Pence (Hou – OF) might be the range you can offer Manny for straight up.

Players who don’t own Manny:

-Try to offer ‘buy low’ trades to Manny owners immediately to try to catch them making a panic move. If you can afford to have Manny on your bench, propose straight-up trades for Manny with players playing way over their heads right now (such as Nick Swisher or Adam Lind) and see if you can snag him at a cheap price.

How Manny’s injury affects his teammates:

Orlando Hudson (4th in the NL in runs) will see a decrease in his run production and Andre Either (3rd in the NL in RBI’s) will see a decrease in RBI production. Therefore those 2 players take the biggest hit, but nothing to panic about. As far as Dodger pitchers such as Chad Billingsley and Clayton Kershaw go…yes they will miss Manny’s offensive production, but they will have a better defense behind them without ‘Manny Being Manny’ on the field and can only help their ratios such as ERA and WHIP (walks + hits / innings pitched).

Juan Pierre receives the biggest boost with Manny’s suspension and should be the favorite to fill in for him in LF. Owners who are desperate for steals should pick him up immediately.

Apr 22

RotoHog, RazorGator Form Partnership for 2009 Baseball Season

by Kelly Perdew Baseball, Fantasy Sports, RotoHog.com, Sports 1 Comment

April 22, 2009

ROTOHOG, RAZORGATOR FORM PARTNERSHIP FOR 2009 BASEBALL SEASON

One of America’s leading media distribution companies adds leading secondary ticket provider as exclusive partner for 2009

LOS ANGELES (April 22, 2009) – RotoHog, the leading fantasy sports platform provider, today announced an exclusive partnership with RazorGator for the 2009 Baseball season. The partnership will give RotoHog’s Fantasy baseball participants access to RazorGator’s exclusive ticket inventory for live events, as well as other merchandising and promotional opportunities.

“This partnership with RazorGator gives both RotoHog.com subscribers and our baseball platform partners tremendous added value for 2009,” said Kelly Perdew, CEO of RotoHog. “As one of the premier secondary ticketing sites in the marketplace, RazorGator will give our fantasy baseball players direct access to tickets and other opportunities designed to enhance their online gaming experience beyond fantasy play. They are the perfect partner as we find new ways to expand the gaming experience for all involved.”

“We are always looking for the best in class in partners to reach the avid fan, and RotoHog’s games and their partners are a great fit for us,” said Scott Roback, Vice President of Business Development for RazorGator. “This deal will give all subscribers the opportunity to get access to a very unique list of products and services, tailored to their interests, and we think will be very well received by all those playing Rotohog’s games.”

Fans playing fantasy baseball on RotoHog.com will have access to a co-branded ticket sale website. RotoHog will be able to provide its fantasy sports partners with the option to have a fully-integrated, customized ticket sale component into their white label games. This will provide RotoHog’s partners with an additional revenue stream within the games beyond advertising, sponsorships and premium in-game revenue.

RazorGator’s partnership with RotoHog aligns the industry leader in Hard-To-Get® tickets for sold-out sports and entertainment events worldwide with die-hard sports fans which make up a core section of RazorGator’s audience. The arrangement is another in a long line of strategic distribution partnerships cemented by RazorGator following similar associations with Amazon, Yahoo!, Fox Sports.com, CBSsports.com, MSN and more. Also, through its subsidiary PrimeSport, the global leader in hard-to-get event packages and corporate hospitality, it has official partnerships with professional sports teams and organizing committees. PrimeSport counts the NCAA®, Tournament of Roses® Committee, UFC and several NFL teams among its partners.

About RotoHog
RotoHog is the leading fantasy sports platform provider, with partners including NBA.com, Turner Digital, Pro Football Weekly, AVP, Fox Español, RazorGator, GoDaddy, and LG Electronics. RotoHog is privately held, and based in Los Angeles. Investors include Allen & Co, DFJ DragonFund, Mission Ventures and Sports Capital Partners Worldwide. For more information on RotoHog, please visit www.RotoHog.com/corporate.

About RazorGator
RazorGator is the leader in Hard-To-Get® tickets for sports and entertainment events worldwide. RazorGator Interactive Group, which operates RazorGator, PrimeSport, and TicketOS, is a privately-held company headquartered in Los Angeles, California, with offices in Atlanta, Dallas, Phoenix, and India. Official partnerships with professional sports organizations include several NFL teams, the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship Tournament, NCAA Men’s Final Four, NCAA Women’s Final Four®, NCAA Men’s College World Series®, NCAA Men’s Frozen Four®, Rose Bowl®, and UFC®. For more information, visit www.razorgator.com or call 1-800-542-4466.

Media Contact:

Joe Favorito
RotoHog
917-566-8345
jfavorito@rotohog.com

Apr 03

Fantasy Baseball — Spanish and English

by Kelly Perdew Baseball, Fantasy Sports, RotoHog.com, Sports Market Ticker No Comments

We went live yesterday with our world renowned stock exchange baseball game for MLB:

1. Play in English on RotoHog!
2. Play in Spanish on Fox Espanol!

Check out our Sports Market Ticker to track your favorite players, watch list or roster…

Mar 19

ROTOHOG, FOX SPORTS EN ESPAÑOL AND FOX SPORTS LATIN AMERICA ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP FOR 2009 FANTASY BASEBALL GAME

by Kelly Perdew Baseball, Fantasy Sports, RotoHog.com, Sports Market Ticker 3 Comments

One of America’s leading media distribution companies to provide official online fantasy baseball platform for one of the world’s preeminent Spanish-language sports portals

LOS ANGELES, CA—(March 19, 2009) RotoHog, the leading fantasy sports platform provider, today announced that it has formed an exclusive partnership with Fox Sports En Español to develop, deliver and operate a Spanish-language Stock Exchange Fantasy game for the 2009 Major League Baseball® season. Fox Sports En Español and Fox Sports Latin America (foxsportsla.msn.com) will make the game available to subscribers across 25 countries in North and South America and the Caribbean, making it one of the most widely distributed fantasy baseball platforms in the world. It also marks the first time that RotoHog’s critically acclaimed Stock Exchange product has been made available in Spanish.

“We are very excited to add Fox Sports En Español and Fox Sports Latin America to the growing list of leading media partners for whom RotoHog is now creating and implementing fantasy sports products,” said Kelly Perdew, CEO of RotoHog. “Fantasy baseball play in the Spanish-language marketplace is growing faster than any other sport in the space, and partnering with one of the world’s premier sports media companies to deliver the highest quality gaming experience to an ardent and loyal fan base is a huge opportunity for us.”

“Our users deserve added value, especially in the fantasy space for baseball, a sport which is followed passionately by US Hispanics,” said Carlos Chaves, Lead Product Manager for foxsportsla.msn.com. “RotoHog is a company with a proven track record of delivering the kind of innovative and exciting gaming experience that we hope will augment visitors’ engagement with our website and brand.”

The 2009 “Liga Fantástica de Béisbol” powered by RotoHog will be launched in mid-March, and will start play with the opening of the Major League Baseball season. The game will also feature RotoHog’s exclusive Sports Market Ticker™, which will allow Fox Sports en Español and Fox Sports Latin America users to access scrolling Stock Exchange player pricing information on their desktops, homepages, social networking websites, and mobile devices.

ABOUT ROTOHOG
RotoHog is the leading fantasy sports platform provider, with partners including NBA.com, Turner Digital, Pro Football Weekly, AVP, Fox Espanol, GoDaddy, and LG Electronics. RotoHog is privately held, and based in Los Angeles, CA. Investors include Allen & Co, DFJ DragonFund, Mission Ventures and Sports Capital Partners Worldwide.

For more information on RotoHog, please visit www.RotoHog.com/corporate.

ABOUT FOX SPORTS EN ESPAÑOL
Reaching more than 14 million cable and satellite households in the country, of which over 5 million are U.S. Hispanic Households, Fox Sports en Español is the leader in Spanish-language sports media. We feature premier soccer programming with exclusive coverage of the top leagues and tournaments in Latin America and Europe; coverage of the Major League Baseball regular season, All-Star Game, American League Championship Series and World Series; championship boxing and UFC® and mixed-martial arts across four compelling media platforms. With more than 1,600 hours of live and exclusive programming, a robust web site brimming with streaming video, portable content from FSE Móvil and the Fox Sports en Español Magazine, we are and will continue to be the first name in the U.S. Hispanic sports space.

Fox Sports en Español is distributed by Fox Cable Networks Group and operated by Fox Pan American Sports LLC, an international sports programming and production entity jointly owned by HM Capital Partners, LLC and News Corporation’s (NYSE: NWS) Fox Sports International. For more information, visit Fox Sports en Español online at foxsportsla.msn.com.

ABOUT FOX SPORTS LATIN AMERICA

Fox Sports Latin America is operated by Fox Pan American Sports LLC an international programming and producing sports entity property of HM Capital Parterns LLC and Fox Sports International [which belongs to FOX Entertainment Group (NYSE: FOX) de News Corporation (NYSE: NWS)]. For more information please go to www.foxsportsla.msn.com

©2009 Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. All rights reserved. Major League Baseball trademarks and copyrights are use with permission of the applicable MLB entities. All rights reserved.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Joe Favorito
RotoHog
917-566-8345
jfavorito@rotohog.com

Mar 17

RotoHog Makes Hispanic Fantasy Baseball Real

by Kelly Perdew Baseball, Fantasy Sports, RotoHog.com, Sports, Sports Market Ticker No Comments

March 16, 2009: RotoHog, which operates and develops online fantasy sports games, today will officially launch a Spanish-language version of its “Stock Exchange Fantasy Baseball” for the 2009 MLB season. The effort is being done in alliance with Fox Sports En Español, which will make the game available to subscribers across 25 countries in North and South America and the Caribbean. Although other fantasy games targeting the Hispanic community have been around since 2000, this marks RotoHog’s first entry into the Hispanic fantasy sports market. “Fantasy baseball play in the Spanish-language marketplace is growing faster than any other sport in the space,” said Kelly Perdew, CEO of Los Angeles-based RotoHog. “And partnering with [Fox Sports En Español] to deliver the highest quality gaming experience to an ardent and loyal fan base is a huge opportunity for us.” Fantasy sports is a burgeoning $1.5 billion dollar industry. According to the Fantasy Sports Assn., 29.9 million people 12 and older in the U.S. and Canada participated in fantasy sports in 2007, up from 19.9 million in 2006. The 2009 Fox Español Stock Exchange Fantasy Baseball Game powered by RotoHog features RotoHog’s exclusive “sports market ticker,” which allows users to access scrolling Stock Exchange player pricing information on their desktops, homepages, social networking Web sites and mobile devices. RotoHog is also working on a new fantasy game with the Association of Volleyball Professionals and has deals with NBA.com, Turner Digital, Pro Football Weekly, GoDaddy, LG Electronics.
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Mar 10

RotoHog Launches Sports Market TickerTM for MLB

by Kelly Perdew Baseball, Fantasy Sports, RotoHog.com, Sports, Sports Market Ticker No Comments



 
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