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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

October 7, 2008 at 12:26 PM

Cheers! A social network for sports (bar) fans

Just when you think the social networking phenomenon is tapped out, along comes some clever new player.

Like FanSpan.com, a Portland-based service launching today after the founder had an epiphany in Seattle, offers tools for sports fans to “communicate and congregate.” And perhaps share a pitcher …

From the announcement:

“Utilizing a unique search feature and “Watch Site” locator, FanSpan.com allows users to find other sports fans by team, sport preference and zip code. Once logged-in, members can write blogs about their most pressing opinions, upload photos and videos, create and join groups, and communicate with fans within the community.”

But mostly it’s about finding and rating sports bars and keep track of what’s playing where. It’s an online venture but it’s designed to help people get together offline.

“We at FanSpan.com believe that sports are best when celebrated together,” founder Ryan Lewis said in the release. “With FanSpan.com, people will be able to find a local fan-friendly atmosphere to watch a game, get a hold of old friends, make some new ones, and enjoy the best sporting events together. We want to help foster the community that sports create.”

Lewis was in the mortgage business in Seattle when he came up with the idea – he’s a University of Oregon grad and was having trouble finding a Duck-friendly bar to watch a football game, according to Kevin Janssen, another Duck and co-founder.

The site claims listings for 2,500 venues that members can discuss and rate based on food, drinks, atmosphere, fans, locations and televisions.

But so far the listings and forums are pretty skimpy; maybe they should partner with or sell to a regional newspaper?

Sounds like a great mobile application.

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