Type of site
Available in English
Owner CBS Interactive
Created by Michael Levy
Alexa rank 588 (April 2014)[1]
Commercial Yes
Registration Available
Current status Active (formerly CBS and SportsLine USA) is an American sports news website operated by the CBS Interactive division of CBS Corporation. It is the website for CBS's CBS Sports division, featuring news, video, and fantasy sports games.



In 1997, the service entered into a content-sharing partnership with Viacom. SportsLine also entered into agreements to operate official websites for the NCAA, NFL, and PGA Tour. The company later launched a co-branded website for CBS Sports (then-owned by Viacom), CBSSportsLine[2]

CBS purchase

In August 2004, already holding a 38% stake in the company, Viacom announced that it would acquire the remainder of SportsLine in a deal valued at $46 million ($1.75 per-share), and re-align it with the CBS Sports division (owing to Viacom's ownership of CBS at the time).[2][3] The company originally operated as a division of CBS Sports, reporting to its president Sean McManus.

Fantasy Sports got into the fantasy sports business early on, producing games in 1997. In 1998, partnered with Daedalus World Wide Corporation, a producer of online fantasy sports products. would acquire Daedalus World Wide Corporation in 1999, using their products as the basis of its fantasy sports business going forward. Initially, charged a subscription fee to play its fantasy games. However, in July 2000 the company decided to drop all fees associated with its fantasy sports games and starting offering the products free of charge. The switch caused a massive amount of sign-ups for its fantasy sports games. However, the move to free fantasy sports products did not last long as just two years later switched back to a subscription-based model to run their fantasy sports business. Behind the popularity of the Commissioner product, which has been voted the best fantasy sports league manager service by the FSTA in eight of the last nine years, fantasy sports are a significant portion of's business.

In August 2015, the SportsLine brand was revived for a new subscription-based site featuring advanced statistics and sports prediction content.[4]

Notable Accomplishments




This news feature is updated in real time on consisting of 32 correspondents in each NFL city to report the news as it happens.


Freshman of the Year

Since 2006, the Freshman of the Year award is given yearly to the top college football newcomer.[10] Previous Winners


Traditional Games

Challenge Games/Brackets

Awards from Fantasy Sports Trade Association(FSTA)

Fantasy Writers


  1. " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  2. 1 2 " Taking Viacom's Buyout Offer". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  3. "Viacom Purchases All of". Adweek. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  4. "CBS Bets Fantasy Sports Fans Will Pay for a New Site With an Old Name". Re/code. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  5. CBS Sports (November 6, 1995). "Sportsline USA ranked #1 sports service on the web" (Press release). CBS Sports. Retrieved October 19, 2010.
  6. "Michael Levy named Florida Entrepreneur of the Year" (Press release). June 27, 1995. Retrieved October 19, 2010.
  7. "CBS Sportsline scores 1998 Webby Award" (Press release). March 9, 1998. Retrieved October 19, 2010.
  8. CBS Sports (December 16, 1998). "CBS Sportsline named Best Sports Site" (Press release). Retrieved October 22, 2010.
  10. NCAA College Football - News, Scores, Stats, Schedule and BCS Rankings

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