PoolExpert Exits to Grow Rogers Sports Empire

Posted by Greg Andrews

Whereas many web startups dream of being acquired by Google or Microsoft, Toronto's PoolExpert has exited with a north-of-the-border acquisition by Rogers Communications for an undisclosed amount.

The nine year old PoolExpert is a leading site for fantasy hockey, baseball, and Formula 1 pools. Being a Canadian site, hockey is their clear leader; Alexa stats show a dramatic traffic jump during the seven months of the NHL season. Why would Rogers buy a company when they could develop something in house?

For one, PoolExpert brings "hundreds of thousands" of users, and secondly, the site already has a viable business model, charging a small fee of $2 per person, per pool, in addition to running ads. The press release hints that PoolExpert will be folded into the existing sportsnet.ca. This acquisition adds to Rogers' growing collection of sporting properties including the Sportsnet channels and website, The Fan sports radio in Toronto and Calgary, the Toronto Blue Jays, and the Rogers Centre in Toronto (formerly SkyDome).

It's good to see an acquisition of a Canadian company by another Canadian company, and also good to see Canada's big media players taking an interest in web properties. PoolExpert founders Ron Watson and Steve Hulford already have another venture underway: FileMobile, an "on-demand social media platform", which ranks #108 on our Canada Start-up Index.

Fun Fact: The SkyDome was originally constructed in 1989 for about $600M, paid by municipal and provincial governments along with a group of companies. After years of financial problems, Rogers purchased the stadium in 2005 for only $25M; 4% of the original construction cost. Two punchlines: Hopefully PoolExpert got a better deal, and it would be nice if I could get an iPhone for 4% of the original cost.

Company:
Rogers Communications
Website:
http://www.rogers.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

We are a diversified Canadian communications and media company. We are engaged in wireless voice and data communications services through Wireless, Canada's largest wireless provider and the operator of the country's only national Global System for Mobile Communications ("GSM") based network. Through Cable we are one of Canada's largest providers of cable television services as well as high-speed Internet access... more

Company:
Filemobile
Website:
http://www.filemobile.net
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Filemobile is a media management and social media platform, providing services and tools to enable social media and networking. Filemobile’s Media Factory platform brings the services and tools that power broadband video, social media and networking for any site. more


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Greg Andrews

Greg Andrews

Greg Andrews is a Writer and Web Developer and for Techvibes. Born and raised in Edmonton, Greg was blogging about his high school drama long before it was fashionable. In the Spring of 2007, half a year out of school, Greg moved to Vancouver in search of interesting technology and the Canadian dream. His personal sites are gregcorp.com and miscellani.ca. Photo by kk+ more



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