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FightClub.com, Now the Official Fantasy Football Game of Sports Media 101; Sign-Up Free, Win Big

September 28th, 2013 at 9:19 AM
By Sports Media 101

Sports Media 101 Inc. is proud to announce an official, and exclusive, fantasy football partnership with FightClub.com.

FightClub offers weekly fantasy football games suited for both the novice and professional fantasy football player, encompassing NFL football and NCAA football.

Sign-up is free and all new participants receive an immediate $5 credit. Additionally, if you sign-up through Sports Media 101 or any of our subsidiaries, you have a chance to win an additional $25 bonus each week. The $25 bonus will be awarded to whoever scores the most points. In other words, whoever proves to be the top dog.

In addition to the weekly games, $5 in free credit and the potential $25 bonus, everyone who signs up will have an opportunity to play the Sports Media 101 experts, as well as fellow fans and readers.

Players can win money each and every week, and do not have to worry about forgetting to set lineups, make waiver wire moves or trades. Your roster is set uniquely each week without a draft based solely on who you feel has the best match-ups. Ultimately, it's a true test of your Football IQ.

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St. Petersburgh Gives Rays Limited Fan Support and Little Options

January 29th, 2013 at 8:55 PM
By Chad Brockhoff

Despite recent revelations that could be interpreted to the contrary, Tampa Bay Rays owner Stu Sternberg remains committed to keeping Major League Baseballin the region.

Speaking to the Hillsborough County and Pinellas County commissions in a span of a week, Sternberg reasserted that the team’s current home ball park,Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, prevents it from being financial viable. While not as shocking as his declaration to the Hillsborough County Commission that Major League Baseball is skeptical about the Tampa Bay area, Sternberg revealed to Pinellas County commissioners on Tuesday afternoon that only 300 of the team’s season ticket accounts are connected to St. Petersburg addresses.

St. Petersburg’s perceived lack of dedication to the Rays should not be an indictment on a growing fan base. From the failed attempts to relocate teams such as the Chicago White Sox and San Francisco Giants to the unsuccessful bid to land a National League expansion franchise for the 1993 season, Major League Baseball has always been viewed as something with appeal to the entire region.

It’s just that St. Petersburg had the venue for Major League Baseball. Ground broke on Tropicana Field, which was originally known as the Florida Suncoast Dome when it opened 23 years ago in 1986.

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Are the Rays’ Days in St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay Area Numbered?

October 28th, 2012 at 11:11 PM
By Chad Brockhoff

When Wilson Alvarez threw the first pitch in the dirt during the 1998 opener between the visiting Detroit Tigers and the expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Tropicana Field was perhaps already antiquated.

Construction on the dome began in November 1986 with the intention of luring an existing major league team. Less than two years after being jilted by the Chicago White Sox, the dome officially opened in March 1990. An expansion National League franchise, which was scheduled to begin play in 1992, became the dome’s next targeted tenant.

By the time the National League selected Miami and Denver over St. Petersburg and others for the two expansion franchises, the dome was falling behind the curve set by the opening of Sky Dome in Toronto. Less than three years after a failed flirtation with the San Francisco Giants, the Tampa Bay area was awarded with a major league expansion team on March 9, 1995.

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Joe Buck Misinterprets Tropicana Field Facts to National Audience

October 28th, 2012 at 9:31 PM
By Chad Brockhoff

As the San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford was preparing to lead off the top of the third inning of the 2012 World Series' fourth game, Fox Sports flashed a 1992 photo of a 5-year-old Crawford stationed by a sign at Candlestick Park compelling then-National League president Bill White to keep the Giants in San Francisco.

Fox play-by-play announcer Joe Buck recalled the story of the Giants using St. Petersburg's Florida Suncoast Dome as leverage to get a new stadium (some of you may remember the "Bay Area Loves the Giants" t-shirts). However, Buck needed a fact checker. Like many in the national media, Buck incorrectly implied that the current home of the Tampa Bay Rays is located in Tampa. He also stated that Tropicana Field, which was formerly known as the Florida Suncoast Dome and the Thunder Dome, was constructed to lure the Giants.

"That's why that dome was thrown up," Buck told the Sunday night Fox audience.

For the record, the Florida Suncoast Dome broke ground in November 1986 and opened in March 1990. Before the Giants proposed move to St. Petersburg, the dome was used as a pawn in the Chicago White Sox's negotiations for a new Comiskey Park (now U.S. Cellular Field) and to lure a National League expansion franchise for the 1992 season.

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Tampa Bay Rays to Face Adversity Early in 2013

October 15th, 2012 at 2:01 PM
By Chad Brockhoff

While no team has ever won the pennant over the first month of the season, plenty have fallen out of contention during this crucial time.

The Tampa Bay Rays will hope to avoid the fate of the countless clubs in the latter category during the 2013 season, but the schedule could make it a definite possibility. After opening the campaign with six consecutive home games over six days against AL East rival Baltimore and Cleveland, the Rays will play 19 of their next 25 games away from Tropicana Field.

After battling the Indians on April 7, the Rays will spend the next 11 days on the road with three-game series at Texas and Baltimore, respectively, sandwiched around a four-game series at Fenway Park. A six-game homestand, which will be comprised of three-game series with Oakland and the New York Yankees, will be followed by four games in Chicago against the White Sox, three games in Kansas City and the team’s first interleague series at Colorado.

Courtesy of the Houston Astros’ move to the American League for the 2013 season, the MLB schedule is unlike any in history. With 15 teams in each league, the schedule dictates interleague play throughout the season.

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