A few months after taking a $10.5 million funding round, sports blog network SB Nation has made two acquisitions that will broaden its coverage of college sports and international soccer, said the company’s CEO Jim Bankoff in an appearance at the paidContent 2011 conference at the Times Center this morning.
The new additions, FanTake network, which focuses mostly on college sports, and The Offside, which aggregates global soccer blogs, are part of a larger effort to extend SB Nation’s ad sales and audience reach.
As of last fall, SB Nation had nearly 300 sites with 410 paid writers.
Taking a look at what the new properties bring to SB Nation, The FanTake network had a similar beginning as its new parent. It’s run by Paul Wadlington and Drew Dunlevie. The duo started a single blog, drew a big audience quickly, and decided to launch several more. The SB Nation network started in 2003 as AthleticsNation.com, co-founded by Tyler Bleszinski (currently editorial director) and Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas Zuniga.
The FanTake network is comprised mostly of NCAA sites, but also covers MLB, NBA, and high school recruiting. Their flagship site, Barking Carnival has received some notices for its college football blogs.
The Offside was founded by the “BootsnAll Travel Network” just after World Cup in 2006. This network has dedicated team bloggers covering many different European and worldwide clubs. In terms of plugging some holes in its parent’s wide net, The Offside will bring coverage from the Italian and Spanish leagues for the first time to the SB Nation. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.