Excelle Sports, PowerMizzou.com and GoPowerCat have been approved by Executive Committee vote for APSE membership.
As required by APSE bylaws, their requests were posted on the APSE website for 10 days before a vote was taken.,
Information on the organizations is below.
Kim Donaldson and Cat Osborne launched Excelle Sports in February this year.
“We are the first multi-media platform dedicated to women’s sports, offering news, features, interviews, video, scores and rankings, local resources and a curated shop,” co-founder Osborne said. “We are the only ones telling the stories of athletes, coaches, and teams around the world as they deserve to be told. Excelle is tapping into 30-plus sport-specific global communities, each of which has millions of passionate and highly engaged members.”
The organization has five writers, all under the direction of our Editorial Director Sarah Toland. All content is produced by the staff.
ExcelleSports.com currently averages more than 100,000 visitors per month and would be a Class D news organization in APSE.
To visit the site, go to www.excellesports.com<http://www.excellesports.com/>
Publisher Gabe DeArmond has worked for PowerMizzou since August of 2003 and has been the site’s publisher for approximately 10 years.
The site has two full-time employees, two part-time employees and multiple “as-needed” freelancers. It covers the University of Missouri athletic department and recruiting on a daily basis. Over the last 10 years, it has broken news including Gary Pinkel’s retirement, Barry Odom’s hire, Mack Rhoades’ departure for Baylor and countless team and recruiting-related stories. PowerMizzou covers all Missouri football games, all home and select road basketball games and other events of importance throughout the year at Missouri.
The site’s monthly unique visitors sits around 70,000 over the last few months, with a high of 94,000 in October. It is are one of the 20 largest sites in the rivals.com<http://rivals.com/> network and has seen more than 600 percent growth in the 13 years since DeArmond’s arrival.
Over the years, PowerMizzou has developed from a small, niche site into one of the outlets that is considered part of the core local media in Columbia. It is interested in the opportunity to join up with the other respected media around the country and further develop in the industry.
Go to PowerMizzou.com to check out the site.
GoPowercat.com<http://gopowercat.com/> and Powercat Illustrated are in their 19th year covering of Kansas State athletics, and GoPowercat.com<http://gopowercat.com/> is one of the remaining original founding sites of the Rivals.com<http://rivals.com/> network and is a subscription pay site that also offers some free content.
GoPowercat.com and Powercat Illustrated, its companion magazine, are run by Tim Fitzgerald, owner of Spirit Street Publishing, Inc. The staff also includes another full-time employee, D. Scott Fritchen. The extended staff includes:
• Two full-time writers, who have been covering Kansas State athletics for a combined 50-plus years.
• Two part-time writers.
• Two part-time recruiting analysts (one football, one basketball).
• Two part-time videographers.
• Three contract photographers.
• One contract football analyst who is a former Kansas State player.
• Two part-time customer service employees.
GoPowercat.com is a news-based website that also covers recruiting, traveling to all Kansas State football games with at least two writers and a videographer. It staffs nearly all Kansas State road basketball games. It provides video (pre- and postgame analysis with highlights) and audio (a weekly podcast) content, in addition to having a statewide radio network for a K-State pregame football show.
Fitzgerald’s background includes a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Mass Communications from Kansas State (1986) and time on the sports staffs at the St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press/Gazette and the Salina (Kan.) Journal, culminating with the title of sports editor and overseeing a staff of five other full-time employees.
GoPowercat.com<http://gopowercat.com/> (URL: kansasstate.rivals.com<http://kansasstate.rivals.com/>) would be a Class D member since most content is behind a paywall. The number of October unique monthly visitors was 46,000, but monthly page views usually exceed 4 million.