One of the biggest problems for sports fans is staying on top of ALL the games going on each night, especially this time of year with NFL, NCAA Football, NBA and NHL at peak moments in the season. This is where our Hot Games feature comes in.

Hot Games gathers all of the most popular games and events in one place, showing you what’s trending in sports at that moment and what’s coming-up, so you won’t miss a thing. There are also key stat headlines for each game, giving you a quick preview of the game or a quick recap if the game is over.

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The Next Web

Sports news and results site theScore has closed a $16 million round of private placement financing today to accelerate the development and marketing of its mobile apps on Android, iOS and BlackBerry 10.

There’s no shortage of high quality sports apps at the moment – ESPN Goals, BBC Sport and MLB At Bat are just a few of our personal favorites here at TNW – but theScore has crafted its own loyal following since it launched on mobile back in September 2009.

Monthly users were up to 4.2 million in January, checking real-time sports headlines, live scores and fantasy league updates.

“This financing allows us to ramp-up the development of some exciting new features for our mobile sports platforms, providing sports fans with an even more immersive experience while accelerating user growth across the United States,” John Levy , Chairman and CEO of theScore said.

thescore TheScore secures $16 million in funding to beef up its mobile sport apps

The financing is being described as a “non-brokered private placement” of 100 million class A subordinate voting shares. Each share is priced at $0.16, thereby hitting the aforementioned $16 million grand total. Toronto and Silicon Valley-based VC firm Relay Ventures led the proceedings, picking up 35.9 million, or 18.4 percent, of the available class A shares.

Existing shareholders Levam Holdings and Rogers Media, among others, were also involved in the private placement financing.

TheScore, which is publicly listed under the TSX Venture Exchange in Canada, has also setup a rather complex agreement which means that Relay Ventures can now nominate one person, representing all parties who picked up class A shares today, to the company’s board of directors. Relay Ventures also has the right to maintain a pro-rata share position in future equity offerings.

Relay Ventures didn’t waste anytime on exercising that first right, after it nominated company co-founder and managing partner John Albright to the board of directors at theScore.

It’s a significant reshuffle that should give Relay Ventures some additional influence in theScore’s mobile development moving forward. There’s no suggestion as to what new features theScore is cooking up for its mobile apps, but a wider range of sports wouldn’t go amiss; football appears to be the only non-US category on theScore’s website at the moment.

By Kenny Norton
Digital Marketing Manager

The great thing about sports is that there’s always something happening, whether it be a huge signing, a trade, a top draft pick, an injury or key milestone. And that’s why we’re dedicated to keeping each of our users on top of all the latest news as it happens with theScore’s breaking news alerts.

Currently available for NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB – with more league coverage on the horizon – our breaking news alerts are available on iOS and Android. We now have more than one million users subscribed to at least one league’s breaking news alerts, and we fully expect that number to keep on growing.

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For all the sports fans out there theScore Mobile has received a decent update today to include full coverage of upcoming ‘March Madness’ from the NCAA College Basketball tournament, breaking news push alerts for your favourite leagues (NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB), easier customization of league ordering, and more. Not much to say here other than to download this if you love sports.

What’s New in Version 3.5.3
• NCAA College Basketball Tournament – full coverage of draw and all games. Turn on Upset Tracker alerts to be notified in real time of any potential upsets! The All Games alert will notify you at the end of every tournament game with the final score.

• Breaking News push alerts for your favorite leagues – We’ve now got breaking news alerts for the biggest trades, injuries and happenings – for NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB. Turn them on when you go into the “News” section for each league. You can turn them off easily in the settings area.

• Customize your league ordering even easier on iPhone – click “More Leagues” and tap the plus / minus buttons.

• Proper team calendar names for full seasons.

• Optimizations to team alerts. Note: If you want to make any changes to your alerts you can customize all alerts under settings now.

• Full coverage of NBA Trade Deadline in the Scores and News sections. Live Feb 18th.


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Back in October, ScoreMedia was acquired by Rogers, with the latter also having a 10% stake into ScoreDigital, the maker of theScore.

Click here to download theScore for iOS, it’s free and also a universal app.