Wednesday, November 14, 2007

AuctionHelper Extends Relationship

with The National Football League

By Anonymous

Agoura Hills, California, October 25, 2002– AuctionHelper, a software company that creates auction management tools developed to automate the time-consuming components of the online auction process and allows sellers to increase their efficiency and productivity, today announced that its business relationship with the National Football League has been renewed. AuctionHelper software aided in the sale of over 2,500 NFL memorabilia items on eBay during the 2001 football season to raise considerable funds for the NFL and Players Inc. charities. Players Inc. is the licensing and marketing subsidiary of the NFL Players Association.

AuctionHelper has worked closely with the NFL to provide unique, custom solutions designed to help increase exposure and sales for NFL Auction items. AuctionHelper has created custom templates and ‘about me’ pages that present a consistent look and feel for all NFL Auction items. The NFL uses AuctionLynxx, a patent pending tool designed to help seller’s increase sales, to send visitors from the NFL website directly to their eBay listings. In addition, the NFL uses AuctionHelper’s PictureLynxx, a patent-pending product that enables sellers to increase visibility and sales by offering potential bidders an easy method to see other items from the same seller.

“AuctionHelper has helped the NFL to increase the visibility of our auctions,” said Seth Rabinowitz, Senior Director of Strategic Planning and Business Development for the National Football League. “AuctionHelper’s software and custom-tailored solutions have helped us maximize our sales,” said Rabinowitz.

AuctionHelper and NFL Auction estimate that during the 2001 football season roughly one third of total NFL Auction page views were delivered via AuctionLynxx. The NFL generated an impressive average of nearly 400 page views per item.

The items sold by NFL Auction included game-worn jerseys, authentic collectibles such as helmets, and fantasy experiences including several unique promotions surrounding Super Bowl XXXVI.

“We are thrilled to produce such solid results for NFL Auction,” said Jerry Lynch, Founder and Chief Architect of AuctionHelper. “By using AuctionLynxx and PictureLynxx, NFL Auction generated a combined 46% click-through rate on all simultaneous running auctions. By showing more items to potential bidders, NFL Auction increases their sales,” said Lynch.

“We are pleased the NFL and AuctionHelper will return for another season of exciting NFL action,” said Jon Fitch, senior category manager for eBay Sports. “This relationship provides eBay football fans with the opportunity to buy unique memorabilia and once-in-a-lifetime fantasy packages and each purchase contributes to a worthy cause.”

About AuctionHelper, Inc.

AuctionHelper, Inc. ( offers professional services and tools to build and enhance businesses looking to capitalize on the power of online auctions. AuctionHelper was founded by some of eBay's largest sellers, which provides AuctionHelper with the unique ability to understand the online auction marketplace. AuctionHelper offers a unique and compelling value proposition by providing tools that enable buying, selling, and shipping products via online auctions. Several of AuctionHelper's tools, including AuctionLynxx, offer sellers a superior alternative to promoting simultaneous auctions, which results in increased exposure and sales for its clients. AuctionHelper's clients are some of eBay's most active sellers, including:, Dave and Adam's Card World,, TheBlueOx, ChampionsStuff, Mark Murphy “The Baseball Card Kid”, Ravenb99 and CMT Trading.

Football Director Scores

a First in the Field for the Pocket PC

By Anonymous

July 28, 2004 -- Infinite Ventures, Inc., developer and publisher of PDA and mobile phone games announced the release of Football Director for Microsoft Pocket PC compatible devices, the first football management game for mobile devices. Developed by RW Software, Football Director brings football management out of the English football league stadiums and straight to the Pocket PC owner's screen.

"Mobile devices are the right fit for a sports management game like Football Director," said Eugene Evans, president, Infinite Ventures. "Load the game up and play every chance you get. Fans and novices alike can step out of the armchair and into the role of team manager for any number of professional football clubs from the English domestic league," added Evans. "RW Software has developed a game rich in content and depth for a true experience managing everything from front office, to player selection, to game strategies."

Players can make decisions about pre-season, match and cup play, attacking play styles, defensive strategies, formations, and levels of aggression. Create teams with hundreds of real players using 2003-2004 season stats from over 90 real clubs in four divisions.

Developer RW Software brings 15 years of experience creating the Football Director line of management simulation games, starting in the early days of Play By Mail. "We're delighted to bring Football Director to fruition with an experienced Pocket PC publisher like Infinite Ventures," commented Roger Womack, managing director of RW Software. "We look forward to the continued line of new season and league updates for the game."

Players who purchase the game within 30 days of the release will receive a free upgrade to the 2004-2005 season stats to celebrate the start of the exciting season. More information is available at or the official Football Director site .

The game is also available for download from Handango, the leading provider of mobile downloads. “We’re very pleased to add such a rich, in-depth sports management title like Football Director to our fun-filled games catalog,” said Clint Patterson, vice president of marketing for Handango. “We look forward to feeding the football obsession of Handango’s customers around the world.”

Football Director is available for $29.99 from

About Infinite Ventures, Inc.

Founded in 1997 Infinite Ventures is an independent production company and interactive entertainment consulting firm. It has developed, licensed and published a line of award-winning games including titles on DVD, Game Boy, Nintendo 64, BREW, Microsoft Pocket PC and Smartphone, and Palm OS devices. In 2004 the company will launch the first large scale multiplayer PDA and wireless game, Lands of Shadowgate ( utilizing its unique Play-By-Sync technology. For more information about the company visit

About RW Software

RW Software was founded in 1989 and has focused on football management software. Past projects include EA Sports FA Premier League Manager, Football World Manager published by Ubisoft, and 442 published by SCI. The company also developed and ran a large scale multiplayer Play By Mail football management game also called Football Director for a number of years. For more information visit

Copyright ฉ 2004 RW Software, Ltd. & Infinite Ventures, Inc. All rights reserved. Infinite Ventures is a registered trademark and the Infinite Ventures logo and Play-by-Sync and Lands of Shadowgate are trademarks of Infinite Ventures, Inc. Football Director and the RW Software logo are trademarks of RW Software. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Contact Information:

Karla Knickerbocker





By Anonymous

AFA PRESS RELEASE: (April 19, 2002)

Media - contact Dave Burch at AFA National Office (877)624-4485 or (941)388-3510

(e-mail) (or)


Twenty-one teams from the National Women's Football League will kick off it's second season around the country on April 20th. This is full contact football played by top female athletes. The NWFL teams are all ‘registered members’ of

the American Football Association.

The AFA has registered 4 different women’s leagues (with 59 teams) across the country for the 2002 season and recently announced the national association has begun selecting female players for induction into the AFA’s Semi-Pro Football Hall of Fame (not associated or affiliated with the Pro Football Hall of Fame

located in Canton, Ohio) starting with the “Class of 2002”.

Women’s football leagues were fairly organized in a few local areas in the mid 70’s but disappeared because of the difficulty in developing national interest among the league organizers. Today's female players want very much to be a part of the football world and are dedicating themselves to the sport much the same way as their male semi-pro football counterparts have been doing for the past century.

Recently the AFA announced that it will be inducting two former female players - who were standouts for their respective teams more than a quarter century ago. Linda Hodge, who played flanker, free safety and was the kicker for the

Pittsburgh (Penn.) Powerkegs and Linda Jefferson, outstanding runningback for the Toledo (Ohio) Troopers, were both selected for induction into the AFA Hall of Fame ‘Class of 2002’ and will be enshrined on June 22nd in *Canton, Ohio

along with their male counterparts. The two ladies will bring the total number people inducted into the AFA/HOF to 399 over the past 22 years.

“Although we have inducted women in the past (in the executive category) for their contributions and dedication to their leagues and teams, Hodge and Jefferson will be the AFA’s first two ‘female players’ to be inducted into our Hall of Fame,” says the AFA President Ron Real from his Sarasota, Florida headquarters. “I think this will be a great incentive for the players, coaches and organizers of the women’s football leagues to realize there’s a possibility they too one day may be nominated and selected to the American Football Association’s Hall of Fame.”

This weekend the NWFL will begin their 2002 season. The teams include the Nashville Dream, The Asheville Assault, The SW Michigan Jaguars, The Atlanta Leopards, The Mass Mutiny, The Philadelphia Liberty Belles, The Chattanooga

Locomotion, The Tennessee Venom, The Pensacola Power, The New Orleans Spice, The Panama City Beach Rumble, The Biloxi Hurricanes, The Alabama Renegades, The Connecticut Crush, The Maine Freeze, The Detroit Danger, The South Bend Golden

Hawks, The Knoxville Summit, The Baltimore Burn, The DC Divas, and The Cleveland Fusion.

The NWFL played an inaugural season in the fall of 2000 with 2 teams, the Nashville Dream and the Alabama Renegades. The league expanded to 10 teams and played again in the spring of 2001. The Philadelphia Liberty Belles beat the Pensacola Power 40-0 in front of 5,000 fans in Pensacola, Florida to win the Championship.

League Owner Catherine Masters added 11 teams and 3 additional divisions for 2002. "The growth of the league is staggering. I have had to turn down potential owners because they wanted to start teams that we weren't ready for. We have been careful where we placed our expansion teams," states Masters.

Each team will play 4 home and 4 away games. The top team from each division will compete in playoffs and the Championship game will played July, 20th. The location of the Championship game has not been determined yet.

Look for some great rivalry this year. The Nashville Dream and the Alabama Renegades are meeting for their third season. The Mass Mutiny and the Philadelphia Liberty Belles meeting will be another game to watch. Last season the Belles and the Mutiny met 3 times and either could have gone to the Championship game. Points determined the advancement of the Belles to the Championship game.

The league website,, received over a million hits in March 2002 (according to Webtrends). " Our fan base is definitely growing," states Debby Lening, VP Marketing/Media. "The level of play has improved tremendously and we hope to have television coverage of our Championship game. Some teams

games will be aired on local radio. Fox has partnered with our South West Michigan Jaguars team," adds Lening. And, if that wasn't enough, a full length motion picture is being produced about the league.

For more information about the NWFL, please visit the league website,, or call the league office at (615) 860-4084.

On another note, consistent with our focus to bring more premium services to our membership, the AFA has partnered to provide the following services (visit website for hotlinks):

eteamz Personal & Team websites

Liability Insurance



Fund Raiser Programs

Sports Equipment Deals

Pay Pal

Dave Burch Elected Commissioner

of the Empire Football League

By Anonymous

February 7 2004--Dave Burch Elected Commissioner of the Empire Football League

The Empire Football League recently elected Dave Burch as League Commissioner for the 2004 season at its Annual Meeting in Albany, NY. Prior to taking the helm, Dave served as the league’s Secretary/Deputy Commissioner since 1987. The Empire Football League, established in 1969 in Upstate New York, celebrates its 35th Anniversary this year as one of the oldest, most competitive leagues in the USA.

Dave Burch began his semipro football career with the Triple Cities (TC) Jets of Binghamton, New York in 1970 and was a five-time All Empire Football League (EFL) player at defensive end and linebacker. Dave subsequently served as coach of the TC Jets, was named EFL Coach of the Year 1987 and was inducted into the Jets Hall of Fame in 2002. Dave, a member of the American Football Association’s Semi Pro Football Hall of Fame, also currently serves as that organization’s Executive Vice President.

Dave Burch, a native of Richmond, VA, is a 1969 graduate of Johnson C. Smith University, in Charlotte, NC where played football as a member of the Golden Bulls. Dave currently resides in Endicott, NY.

For EFL logo merchandise click

For additional information visit Empire Football League’s web site at


EFL PRESS RELEASE: (October 23, 2003)
Media - contact Dave Burch at (877) 624-4485

By Anonymous

The Empire Football League is proud to announce the Glens Falls Greenjackets as the 2003 EFL Champions.

The Glens Falls Greenjackets wiped out 26 years of frustration Saturday, October 18th by defeating Watertown 30-6 to win the Empire Football League championship. More than 3,000 fans came to Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds on Saturday hoping to see something that had not happened in Watertown in 23 years. What they saw was the Red and Black throw everything it had against the Glens Falls Greenjackets without much success. Quarterback Kevin Siska threw for 126 yards and seven ball carriers collected 153 yards as the Jackets won their first EFL title since 1976.

The win highlighted a remarkable season in which the Greenjackets cleared a number of hurdles. To get to the championship game, the Jackets had to beat Orange County, which had beaten them last year in the title game. And to win the league crown, they had to win at Alex Duffy Fairgrounds in Watertown, where they hadn't won since 1986.

The EFL is also proud to announce their All Star Selections for 2003 click

EFL Official Bernie Andrews and Tommy Finan were recipients of the Bill Higgins Award for outstanding service officiating, while Jim Willig of Glens Falls received the Gary Shaver Award for outstanding team administration.

Oakland Banshees

are #1 Seed for IWFL (Independent Womens Football League)Playoffs

By Anonymous

June 19, 2004 -- The Banshees (8-0) earned their number 1 seed by posting 6 shutouts and allowing only 25 total points for the entire 8 game season. They scored 384. On the other hand, the Pride (6-2) allowed 81 points while scoring 198. The Pride is going to have to pull out all of their defensive tenacity in order to slow down the offensive minded Banshees.

Should the Banshees win their Divisional Playoff game next Saturday at home, they will play the winner of the matchup between the Tacoma Majestics (8-0) and the IWFL Defending Champion Sacramento Sirens (7-1). The Divisional Semifinal game will be played on July 10 at Burrell Field in San Leandro.

The National Championship game will be played on July 24 in Sacramento at Natomas High School.

For tickets or additional information, please contact

The Oakland Banshees

675 Hegenberger Road #241

Oakland, CA 94621

(510) 205-8329

>New York's Finest

The NYPD Football Team--Champions On and Off the Field

By Anonymous

New York, NY July 1, 2004 -- Thirty two years ago NYPD officer Joe Loughran found himself engaged in a highly spirited discussion with FDNY member Pudgy Walsh at the Mariner’s Inn in Brooklyn. Joe had expressed the opinion that the police officers who played on the Brooklyn Mariner’s semi-professional football team were much better players than the fire department players. Pudgy did not agree. The debate led to the arrangement of a challenge match the following year at Brooklyn’s Midwood Field. The founding 35-member NYPD squad AKA The Finest practiced at Marine Park in Brooklyn. Players paid for their own uniforms and borrowed equipment from local colleges and the Brooklyn Mariners football team. The rest is history: The Finest’s record against the FDNY team is 18 wins, 9 losses.

What started as a bar room challenge in 1972 has evolved into one of the top semi-professional football teams in the country. Currently the New York Police Department football team holds four championship titles, has reigned undefeated for nearly four years, and holds numerous awards. Through the years they have competed in London, Miami, Palm Beach, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Houston and next season Ireland.

Today, the team boasts a lineup of 85 players, 14 coaches, and 25 administrative staff members, and plays 5-6 games per season. The team consists of an ethnically diverse group of beat cops and detectives who, in their off-duty time, attend morning practices before heading out to their respective details. This camaraderie has not gone unnoticed. The Finest have been the subject of much media attention. Team members were featured in a fashion layout for "GQ" magazine, have appeared on Fox’s "Good Day New York", ESPN's "Cold Pizza", WB Morning Show, MTV Sports, interviewed on WFAN, ESPN Radio and COPNET radio and were the subjects of an NFL Films’ documentary entitled "NYPD Black and Blue" that aired on ESPN networks.

Unfortunately, the harsh realities of policing sometimes intrude upon the joy of the game and it is not unusual for the entire team to visit an injured officer in the hospital or face the prospect of losing a team member to violence. The indomitable family spirit that pervades the team buoys them through difficult times. The tragic events of September 11, 2001 found "The Finest" yet again rising to the occasion to serve. Fifteen team members were among the first units on the scene that day. Although many received injuries all team members survived; dug ‘round the clock at Ground Zero and have been working extensively on Homeland Security issues as well as day to day policing. When asked, all team members stated that they would not hesitate to run into harm's way again if lives depended upon them. According to team Assistant GM Detective Chris Stiansen, "Sometimes situations are bigger than one person and you have to respond, to help--it's what we do."

It is this selfless dedication that The Finest applies to help all those who are less fortunate. Through ticket sales from games, The Finest, which holds 501ฉ3 status, has generated $1 million to date for charities such as United Way, Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, Make A Wish Foundation, and PBA Widows and Children's Fund, to name a few. The team also hosts community youth groups by supplying free tickets to games, providing lunch, autographing photos, and interacting with children. The team also visits local hospital pediatric wards, delivering good cheer and autographed footballs--much to the delight of young patients. October 2001, at the invitation of the Walt Disney Corporation, the team conducted a football/stay-in-school clinic for 120 children-at-risk as part of "Disney's Global Celebration of Children." On June 19, 2002 the team was awarded the "Community Partner of the Year" award by the Walt Disney Corporations’ Disney VoluntEARS Program.

In 1996 The Finest joined the National Public Safety Football League (NPSFL), a public service agency made up of semi- professional teams around the country. The NPSFL aims to jointly promote a positive image of law enforcement to the public by raising funds for charities through competition. The members of the league’s 15 teams are all law enforcement, fire, and emergency service officers. The NPSFL is incorporated in New York State and holds 501ฉ3 status.

B-roll furnished upon request.

"The Finest" Facts

- Established: 1972

- League: National Public Safety Football League (NPSFL)

- Team Roster: 85

- Coaches: 14

- Administrative Staff: 25

- Home Uniform: Blue Jerseys, Gold Pants, Gold Helmet

- Away Uniform: White Jerseys, Gold Pants, Gold Helmet

- Practice Field: Sid Luckman Memorial Field, Brooklyn NY

- Practice Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 AM-12:30 PM

- Home Field: St. John’s University/ Sid Luckman

- Uniform Sponsor: Champion Athletic Wear

- Broadcast Partner: RNN


Contact: Cindy Mercer

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