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The Active Network’s eteamz Partners With CircleUp to Reduce Sports Coaches’ Email Workload, Boost Productivity

eteamz integrates CircleUp’s SmartMessage Center™ into team web sites

San Diego, CADecember 10, 2008 – eteamz®, the number one team Web site builder and a media property of The Active Network, is partnering with CircleUp to introduce SmartMessage Center - a new and easy way for sports team coaches to organize and communicate with players, other coaches and parents.

Whether it is sending and receiving information concerning schedules, rosters, practices or jersey sizes, SmartMessage Center, powered by CircleUp, will save eteamz coaches hours spent sorting and collating hundreds of team emails and instant messages on a daily and weekly basis.

Coaches can quickly see who did or did not respond to emails on one consolidated SmartMessage Result page, decide whether to make certain information public, and easily export or share data. By discarding regular email coaches will save a significant amount of time, receive faster and more manageable responses and quickly engage the whole team, their families and supporters.

“I have already used CircleUp several times to message our leagues for their contact information and to decide on meeting dates and times. It has simplified my job by summarizing everyone’s input in one place,” said Tim Crowe, district manager of Texas District 5 Little League. “I especially like the Outlook toolbar feature where all my circles are available in Outlook! I look forward to using CircleUp numerous times throughout our upcoming season.”

“Coaches spend far too much time organizing, cutting and pasting team email messages to find and share information,” said Chris Hall, eteamz general manager. “Our partnership with CircleUp will end the frustration that coaches face each and every week. By using SmartMessages, teams will save time, make communication faster and more efficient, and allow coaches to focus on winning the next game rather than waste time plowing through hundreds of emails.”

The SmartMessage Center has been deployed across all eteamz Web sites and is now available to millions of eteamz coaches, teams, parents and players, with complete integration to existing eteamz roster information on each site. Also made available today, the SmartMessage Toolbar for Microsoft Outlook® allows team members to quickly access Outlook email addresses and to send and receive SmartMessages in the place where many of them spend their time—within Outlook.

“SmartMessages are fixing a massive problem that team sports leaders have faced ever since email took over from the phone as the main way to communicate and organize teams’ activities,” said John Payne, CircleUp CEO. “No-one wants to waste their time wading through email, worrying about who has or hasn’t responded to important messages or questions. eteamz is providing its millions of users with an amazing new way to make team communications fast, easy and efficient. We applaud eteamz’s continued leadership in innovation and providing its users with the best experience possible.”

About eteamz

Considered the number one online resource for team sports, eteamz has over 3 million members and has connected coaches, players, families, friends and fans in over 120 countries. With eteamz, users can build or search for Web sites, collect player and team fees online, find fundraising services, participate in sport-specific message boards, search and register for camps, tournaments, teams and other events, read great sports tips, view instructional videos and much more.

eteamz is a media property of The Active Network. The Active Network delivers integrated technology solutions, marketing services and online media properties that enable and encourage participation in activities and events. For more information, please visit www.ActiveNetwork.com.

About CircleUp

CircleUp provides group communications software and services which enable actionable and efficient interactions across diverse social, email, mobile, messaging and private web networks.

CircleUp’s SmartMessage Center™ private label platform integrates seamlessly with existing destinations and software, helping sports teams, non-profits, parent/teacher groups, churches and millions of other real-world organizations to communicate across group and member networks and to publish and share information, regardless of the preferred networks of each of the group members.

Media Contact

Tina Wilmott, The Active Network, Inc.
tina.wilmott@activenetwork.com or 858-964-3813

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