SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, September 1, 2016 – UteZone, the market leader for insider Utah football and basketball recruiting coverage, announced today that the site has joined Scout Media. As part of its move to Scout, UteZone will merge its staff with the current staff at InsideTheUtes.com to create the largest team of reporters in the market dedicated to covering University of Utah athletics, delivering unprecedented insider access to Ute fans.
“After more than a decade on the Rivals network, UteZone and its core team of reporters is making the move to Scout,” said Dan Sorensen, publisher of UteZone. “UteZone has been the market leader covering Utah football recruiting since its inception. Over the years, we have built up a large, passionate subscriber base and community, and I am thrilled with the opportunity to continue to provide the most in-depth coverage of Utah athletics available.”
UteZone delivers in-depth coverage of Utah athletics, including team coverage for football, basketball, baseball and more; in-depth coverage and analysis of football and basketball recruiting; video features, and more. UteZone’s insider message boards also play host to the largest and most active community of passionate, knowledgeable Ute fans online. In addition to Sorensen, the new UteZone team will include KALL 700 radio host Brian Swinney, Senior Football Analyst James Durrant, Senior Football Analyst Andrew Gorringe, Senior Editor Michelle Bodkin, Basketball Analyst Brett Borg, and Staff Writers Joel Davidson, Jeff Dunn and Steve Bartle.
“I am especially excited to work with Brian Swinney and his team. By combining the expertise and talents of both sites, we will provide an unrivaled online experience for Ute fans. It is unheard of in this industry to see the editorial staffs of competing recruiting sites merge. Brian and his team have worked tirelessly over the past several years to build a dedicated following. By combining both sites, our vision is to give Ute fans the best of both sites while growing an active community of fans to share their passion about Utah athletics,” said Sorensen.
“I have a great deal of respect for Dan and the community that he has built at UteZone. We are committed to work closely together to give Ute fans the best possible insider access to the Utah football and basketball teams,” said Swinney.
“We are thrilled to add Dan and the UteZone team to the Scout network. Dan brings a passion and vision that will tremendously benefit rabid Ute fans hungry for information. Our goal at Scout is to be the market leader in every Pac-12 market. Dan joins other Pac-12 market leaders we have recently signed covering Oregon State, Cal, Arizona State, Arizona and USC. They join our legacy flagship sites covering UCLA, Washington, Washington State, Stanford and Oregon to create the largest network of sites covering recruiting in the Pac-12 footprint,” said Joel Cox, EVP of network development at Scout.
“Not only will UteZone subscribers benefit from the combined knowledge of Dan, Brian and their staffs, but they will also have access to the premier team of recruiting analysts in the industry. Greg Biggins, Brandon Huffman and Blair Angulo combine to provide the most in-depth football recruiting analysis in the West, and Scout has strong national analysts in other key recruiting areas for the Utes including Texas and Florida,” said Cox. “Scout also offers the best basketball recruiting coverage around. Josh Gershon, Evan Daniels and Brian Snow are unrivaled in their coverage of high school and international hoops prospects.”
“I have worked tirelessly over the years to provide smart, detailed analysis and insider information to Ute fans. I value the community that we have built at UteZone and sincerely hope that Rivals subscribers will follow me and the UteZone team to Scout. For those that have yet to subscribe, there has never been a better time to join the community and see what you’re missing,” said Sorensen.
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“Scout’s coverage of the Pac-12 is the most comprehensive in the industry. Period. The addition of UteZone furthers Scout's dominance and exemplifies the exodus of powerhouse communities from our competitor to our platform. USC, ASU, Colorado, Arizona, Cal and Oregon State have all migrated over to Scout. Furthermore, the unification of the UteZone Team with Brian Swinney and Ute Sports Report combined with Scout’s unparalleled recruiting coverage, all under one subscription is a major victory for the Utah’s fanatical fan base,” said Craig Amazeen, president, Scout.
“With Dan and UteZone coming over to Scout, the network continues to strengthen its grasp on the Pac-12 and the West. Scout is unrivaled in its coverage of the West and the Pac-12 specifically, both recruiting-wise and team coverage wise, and with Dan and the UteZone coming over, to combine with the stellar job that Brian Swinney has done the past five years, as well as his staff at UteSportsReport, it will only make an already strong region stronger. I’m excited to work with Dan as I have with Brian for the past five years and continuing to make Scout the premier destination, not just in the West and Pac-12, but nationally,” said Brandon Huffman, national director of recruiting for Scout.
"I'm very excited to have Dan join the Scout family. He has always done a great job and is a huge addition for us. Dan joining Brian Swinney, who has done such a great job for us over the years and is a great teammate, should make all Utah fans very excited. This is a dream team for all things Utah and I'm looking forward to working with Dan and moving the site forward," said Greg Biggins, National Recruiting Analyst, Scout.