Fan Media Network continues to invite former players from the NCAA, NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB and MLS into its social news sports network.
100 former players are in the network, including a Super Bowl Champion, World Series Champion, NCAA Basketball National Champion, College Football National Champion, NHL Stanley Cup Champion, All-American, First Round Draft Pick, Undrafted Free Agent and a Walk-On.
Former players make short casual videos on their phones, drop knowledge and tell stories about their teams, opponents, and any sports news they want to weigh in on from their point of view. Their videos are displayed on their team’s channel in the app and website. They can stay in the game and earn money.
Fan Media is a social news sports network of former players, fans and journalists who cover sports news and teams on their phones with videos from their point of view.
The iPhone app and website (Android) have 270 team channels for NCAA, NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB and MLS news.
“We plan to have 1,000 former players by college football season. They like our story and our platform. We have created a place for them. Only a few former players get TV jobs, and Twitter is for current players and doesn’t have team channels. Fan Media makes it easy to discover and re-discover former players. And there are four ways to earn money and get paid right on their phones through our mobile payments marketplace. Soon we will have more former players in our network than ESPN, CBS Sports, FOX Sports and NBC Sports combined,” said CEO Kirk Berridge.
Once the company gets a sponsor, Fan Media Network plans to pay former players as paid media analysts, one for each team to begin, where they provide insight, commentary and stories on their phone wherever they are.
News outlets can buy former player’s videos to supplement their coverage. Viewers/fans can support former players to keep them in the network making videos on their phones with viewer-support/tips. And brands can pay former players to make video ads with product placement and testimonials on-camera.
“In addition to building a network of former players, fans and journalists as mobile video journalists, we are also building a stable of native video advertising makers. Our system can identify, select and get former players to make video ads on their phones. Brands can pay them right on their phones,” said Berridge. “This is a first in the world of advertising – brand-to-former player mobile payments. Native video ads are our core video ad product. And this is a service we provide to brands and agencies.”
Fan Media Network will first anchor down the network with former players, then journalists and bring in the fans (citizen video journalists) around that.
To be involved, former players can install the iPhone app http://apple.co/1HhY2QQ or build their profile on the website www.fanmedianetwork.com (supports Android users), select their team(s) and include a photo for their profile.
Former players will be verified by our mobile newsroom staff. Then they can make their intro video for their profile with their name, team they played for, position, when they played, who they played with, any stats, accomplishments or fun facts, what they are doing now and what they may talk about in their videos.’