Wednesday, November 8, 2000
Official Dick Vitale site launches with exclusive analysis, chat, postcards from the road.
November 7, 2000- The official Dick Vitale Web site (http://www.espn.go.com/dickvitale/index2.html), boasting exclusive columns and analysis, video and audio highlights, chats, text and audio postcards from the road and more, has launched, giving hoops fans "all things V" from arguably the nation's most recognizable college basketball analyst. The site is produced by ESPN Internet Group, part of Walt Disney Internet Group (NYSE:DIG), and can also be accessed via ESPN.com.
Vitale's site is the fifth such service dedicated solely to an ESPN analyst, following on the heels of Dan Patrick, Peter Gammons (MLB), Chris Mortensen (NFL) and Mel Kiper (football). The sites are meant to provide serious fans with exclusive, daily interactive access to the thoughts of the most foremost analysts in sports.
"It is so exciting to be part of the diversity of ESPN, especially being able to share ideas directly with all the beautiful fans," said Vitale.
Among the site's features:
V-Bytes -- video and audio highlights from games Vitale is covering, and from his SportsCenter appearances;
Columns -- weekly columns on topical subjects;
V-Mail -- a forum in which Vitale answers selected fan e-mail;
Chatter Box - weekly chats throughout the college basketball season;
The List - posting of Vitale's creative lists, i.e. his All-Windex Team, All-Aircraft Carrier team;
Crosshairs - weekly "player to watch" features, including analysis from Vitale;
V-Gear - information on how to purchase official Dickie V merchandise;
V-Speak - alphabetical listings of Vitale's famous coined phrases, i.e. "diaper dandy";
V-Cards - text and audio missives posted from Vitale's numerous stops throughout his travels for ESPN telecasts;
Game previews and breakdowns, and more...
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