New Website Offers Extensive Database of Sports Trivia

By Andrew Gauthier 

The New York Times

A new website called Fanbase, backed with $5 million from venture capitalists, is creating an almanac of every professional and college athlete and team, no matter how obscure.

The company and its investors are betting that sports fans–and the players who hung up their cleats and goggles long ago–will want to review and update Web pages devoted to their thrilling victories and bitter defeats.


“Our long-term goal is to be the definitive source of information on all athletes,” said Nirav Tolia, chief executive of Fanbase and a veteran Silicon Valley entrepreneur with a colorful past of his own.

The site now contains varying amounts of information, like rosters and game scores, on 21,000 teams and 1.73 million athletes. Stars like the former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman have pages, of course, with photos, YouTube videos, trivia and articles written by fans. More…