Business Journal: Web Site Covers Teen Athletes

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, August 16, 2005

In a few important ways, MaxPreps is an Internet equivalent of ESPN … but all its sports news is at the high school level only. President Andy Beal wants to have results online for every high school game in the nation.

The three-year old company says it already has as many as a million users a month – half of them teens. That draws advertisers, such as Reebok, and college coaches. It’s also just drawn more than $2 million in fresh investment from Draper Fisher Jurvetson, a leading venture capital firm.

Next month MaxPreps will debut a national highlights show … and next year, the company hopes to show a profit.