Sports fans use the Internet as a means to access information, statistics, and other miscellaneous data about their favorite team or sport. Information on the Web is updated frequently and allows a fan in Florida to follow his or her favorite team in New York without having to rely on the passiveness of television or the time-delayed nature of newspapers.
But what about the "Official Site" of a particular team, league, or for that matter, player? What purpose do these sites serve? Are they simply a promotional tool for a team to sell merchandise, tickets and have fans interact with one another in chat rooms? Certainly many of these sites offer flashy pictures and articles that are simple press releases about a particular game or event.
This Web site examines not only features of "Official Sites," but also the changes and evolutions with these sites from journalistic and convergence standpoints.