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BREAKING: A Football Blog Enters into Partnership with NBC Sports

Monday, June 15, 2009 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 11:56 AM, under , , ,

Blogs and mainstream media CAN co-exist. The new out of 30 Rock today about is the perfect example. Instead of Yahoo! or AOL FanHouse taking on blog content, the news is that and have entered into a partnership agreement. is where We first got wind of possible changes in Fox Sports NFL production teams, which turned out to be deeper than we might have imagined.

Here is the news release from NBC Sports:


NEW YORK – June 15, 2009 - (PFT) and its founder Mike Florio are joining as part of a wide-ranging partnership. Mike Florio, who created the innovative, NFL-focused football blog, and Rick Cordella, General Manager, NBC Sports Digital, made the announcement today about the creation of "ProFootballTalk on"

The cornerstone of this multi-media alliance shifts to, which will now be charged with PFT's hosting, sales and promotion. And and NBC Sports will utilize and rely on PFT's ground breaking, 365-day/year-round coverage of the NFL.

Generally regarded as the best and most popular, independent NFL news and information site, PFT consists of 30-50, daily "News and Rumors" blog items written largely by Florio and dealing with the issues surrounding the NFL players, coaches, owners & general managers. PFT's innovative coverage summarizes news from around the NFL but it is Florio's opinionated, provocative and often humorous accounts drawn from a wide network of NFL sources that are the driving force of the blog's popularity. As part of the NBC Sports alliance,'s Tom Curran and Gregg Rosenthal will make editorial contributions to "PFT on"

"Frequent, succinct, and immediate news and analysis, driven by rich personalities is the editorial strategy of and is the cornerstone of that plan," said Cordella, who recently added a popular "Circling The Bases" blog on that focuses on Major League Baseball. "PFT will receive significant promotion from various NBC Sports broadcast properties and also on, the sports section of, and NBC's, the largest pure-play fantasy sports site on the Internet."

"We have had other opportunities over the years to partner with established businesses but the fit was never perfect," said Florio. "With NBC Sports, it is. A strong sense of unity flows from everyone we've encountered there. Rick Cordella rolled out the welcome mat for us, and Dick Ebersol opened the front door. We hope our shoes are clean.", which last year was recognized by Time Magazine as one of the 50 Best Websites, has an unusual background and an unlikely career path for its founder and chief writer, Mike Florio. After earning two engineering degrees from Carnegie Mellon and later graduating from the West Virginia University School of Law, Florio founded PFT in 2001 and operates the site from his office in Clarksburg, West Virginia, his home in Bridgeport, West Virginia, and anywhere else that he can get an Internet connection.

NBC Sports is expected to utilize PFT to help supplement its NFL news and information surrounding its "NBC Sunday Night Football" coverage including "Football Night in America" pre-game show, the NBC Sports Update and Notre Dame halftime reports.

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