Listen up, (college) sports fans …

Whether you’re a Cameron Crazy, a die-hard Husky fan, or a lifelong Longhorn fan, Yahoo! has made a roster move that will have you cheering from the sidelines. Today, we announced an agreement to acquire Rivals.com, the leading online destination for college and high school athletic Rivals.com logoinformation.

Hands down, Rivals.com provides the best coverage of college and high school sports on the Web, maintaining more than 100 college-specific sites and posting hundreds of updates each day. It also satisfies high school fans by following games and news in more than 35 states.

Its editorial team tracks recruitment news, rankings, team and athlete updates — in short, everything you need to know about what’s happening on the most popular campuses. Rivals.com will perfectly complement Yahoo! Sports’ editorial coverage — the work of its 200 on-the-ground local writers, reporters, and publishers meshes well with what we're doing at the national level.

Rivals.com is also known for being the place for college sports fans to chat and share information, stats, and photos. In fact, its message boards are among the most popular in sports, and an important part of the business.

To those loyal Rivals.com subscribers out there, rest assured that we don’t intend to alter the formula you love and trust. I understand what makes Rivals.com special, and that’s why I’m so pumped about today’s announcement. Rivals.com’s CEO Shannon Terry and I will team up to ensure the continued success and growth of the best college and high school sports site on the Web.

So stay tuned, sports fans — we’re working on a winning game plan for Rivals.com and Yahoo! Sports.

Oh, and by the way, for those of you wondering how our recent management changes will impact our media operations here in Santa Monica, this deal should give you an indication that we're going full steam ahead.

Jimmy Pitaro
General Manager, Yahoo! Sports