Founded in 2006, Yardbarker, which has 7.5 million average monthly users, is a network of 800-plus sports blogs and 70-plus pro athlete blogs, which includes content from Donovan McNabb and a number of other well-known athletes. The site also aggregates news articles about sports, which are submitted by users and voted up in a Digg-like fashion.
The deal isn’t completely surprising considering FSIM and Yardbarker already had a sales and content arrangement. Yardbarker, which has raised $8 million in funding, will join FOXSports.com, Scout.com, whatifsports.com and other sites belonging to Fox’s sports networks.
Mainstream media networks seem to be picking up blog networks like candy these days. AOL recently bought (ahem) TechCrunch a few weeks ago.
Yardbarker aggregates news articles about sports from around the web. These articles are submitted by users and voted up in a Digg-like fashion. Amateur writers can also contribute to the site with blog posts about their favorite sports topics. Sports videos and photos are also aggregated alongside articles. Professional Athletes like Baron Davis, Greg Oden, Champ Bailey, and Donovan McNabb, and Rajon Rondo contribute weekly blog entries. While Yardbarker.com is the company’s content hub page, the company also runs a network...