ISF and Sportingo Join to Give Fans Opportunity to Write for Web

PLANT CITY, FLORIDA — Just over two weeks after having announced Back Softball and ISF pages on the hugely popular website Facebook, the International Softball Federation has now launched another avenue for fan interaction.

The world governing body for softball has joined with Sportingo to give fans the opportunity to write articles about the sport, for publication on the Internet. Sportingo (www.sportingo.com ) is a dynamic sports media platform where all the content is generated by the fans.

“This is just the latest in a line of steps we’re taking to more closely involve our fans in the sport they love so much,” said ISF President Don Porter. “We get emails from our supporters worldwide, they post in the various categories in the Message Board section of our website, and, of course, we see them come in large numbers to our events. Thanks to what we’re doing with Sportingo they now have another outlet for showing their passion for softball.”

Ze’ev Rozov, Managing Director of Sportingo, commented, “Sportingo is delighted to be working in partnership with the International Softball Federation to allow softball fans to voice their opinions on a global platform. We have found that thriving communities often spring up around sports with such a wide-reaching appeal and so we look forward to featuring articles, comments, and conversations around the matches and tournaments the fans are keen to discuss.”

Once registered (at no cost) as a Sportingo writer, fans can create articles and opinions on international softball to submit for professional editing and enhancement. Sportingo will then publish the article, including the author’s name, on their website, and forward the piece on to the ISF, who will then consider the article for posting on www.internationalsoftball.com .

The ISF-Sportingo relationship will also provide for links to online softball video being incorporated into the What’s Online video guide at www.getsport.tv (under More Sports).

The ISF is the world governing body of the sport as recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). Softball (women’s fast pitch) made its Olympic debut at the 1996 Games in Atlanta. There are 131 affiliated countries in the ISF and millions of participants in the sport worldwide.

Sportingo is Europe’s largest platform for fans to write about sport with over 3,000 registered authors. Fans benefit by having their articles professionally edited and presented to a growing audience who engage with the site through commenting, voting and ranking.

MEDIA: For more information, please contact ISF Director of Communications Bruce Wawrzyniak at brucew@internationalsoftball.com , (1.813) 864 0100, ext. 229, or (1.813) 453 8762 (cell) or Matt Casey at Sportingo Limited on 0782 5350033 or at matt@sportingo.com.