FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) today announced the launch of the second phase of Monumental Network, which now includes a series of 15 additional websites and blogs, and offers a new third-party affiliate program including Ball Hogs Radio Network and PressBoxOnline.com. The digital content platform, which was launched in January now includes more than 20 websites and offers exclusive, original content and video programming for fans and customers in the D.C. region and around the world.
“The second phase of MonumentalNetwork.com is very important to us,” said Randall Boe, Monumental Sports & Entertainment executive vice president and general counsel. “We are very excited to expand and add these content providers to the Network. Our aim is to become a comprehensive source of sports and entertainment content, and this is a big step in that direction.”
The new third-party affiliate program for the Network currently includes Ball Hogs Radio Network and PressBoxOnline.com, with plans to incorporate additional D.C.- and Baltimore-based websites.
Consisting of nine shows covering local collegiate and professional teams with daily blogs, weekly podcasts, interactive social media accounts and a team of 40-plus contributors, the Ball Hogs Radio Network is Baltimore/Washington's premiere internet sports-talk network.
PressBoxOnline.com, which is part of Baltimore’s leading sports media company PressBox, was founded in 2006 by Baltimore sports veteran Stan Charles. The media company publishes a free monthly newspaper, produces a weekly TV show and provides online sports coverage and news from the high school level to the pros. As part of the Monumental Network, a new website will eventually be developed and called PressBoxDC.com.
The newly affiliated websites and blogs will be optimized with mobile and tablet versions of the sites with social plugin capabilities via Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Pinterest, Google+ and Yahoo.
Monumental Network continues to feature a blend of original programming and existing content, including the Emmy Award-winning shows Caps Red Line (CRL) and Wizards Magazine as well as Mystics Magazine, Press Row, Monumental Today and Monumental Memories. Featured shows and blogs syndicated on the network include: Wizards Courtside Report, Capitals Rinkside Update, Mystics Minute, Wizards Fast Break, Capitals Two-Man Advantage, Ted’s Take, Dump ‘n Chase, Capitals Voice, Wizards Blog and Daily Wizdom. Capitals and Wizards pregame and postgame coverage is also provided on the Network.
During the summer the Network became the first platform to live stream Mystics games and last weekend streamed the DC United at Toronto FC match.
In addition to producing its own daily content, the Network has a collaborative content partnership with SB Nation and its nine D.C.- and Baltimore-based sports sites. These include Bullets Forever (Wizards), Japers’ Rink (Capitals), Hogs Haven (Redskins), Federal Baseball (Nationals), Black & Red United (DC United) and Camden Chat (Orioles).
MonumentalNetwork.com was built and developed by Perfect Sense Digital, a full-service product development company based in Reston, Va., with offices in New York City and San Diego. Founded in 2008 by AOL technology executives David Gang and Lisa Malmud, Perfect Sense Digital helps companies materially change the way they do business online. This company is well known for the unique experiences they build with consumer publishing partners such as Scripps Networks Interactive, The Coca-Cola Company, IndieWire, SnagFilms, Healthgrades and USA TODAY. Perfect Sense Digital's Brightspot platform powers the Monumental Sports & Entertainment digital experiences along with other digital properties. Brightspot was released under a dual licensing plan: GNU General Public License version 2 (GPLv2) for the Community Edition and an Enterprise License for enterprise partners. Perfect Sense Digital, with 103 employees, is a fast-growing digital products and professional services company.
About Monumental Sports & Entertainment
Monumental Sports & Entertainment is one of the largest integrated sports and entertainment companies in the country with one of the most diverse partnership groups in all of sports. MSE owns and operates three professional sports teams: the NBA’s Washington Wizards, NHL’s Washington Capitals and WNBA’s Washington Mystics. The group also owns and operates Verizon Center, the premier sports and entertainment venue in Washington, D.C. Monumental Sports & Entertainment also oversees the management of Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the state-of-the-art training facility for the Capitals, and George Mason University’s Patriot Center.