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The network was started in 2010 (though in 2017 it purchased the Scout.com network which launched in 2001), and has been cited as a source by other sports news media, including the Dallas Morning News and the Washington Post. The site has also provided special reports on recruiting to sports news media including Sports Illustrated.
247sports was founded in 2010 by Shannon B Terry, with a Series A $6.4 million round. 247sports has developed into arguably the #1 recruiting site in the nation. Consistently ranked as a top 10 overall digital sports media brand according to comScore (30.0 million unique visitors in October 2017), more than 30 million social followers, and 3 million daily newsletter subscribers, 247Sports reaches fans via team-specific online publications and websites, VIP insider subscription services, online news feeds, social platforms, daily newsletters, vibrant communities and mobile apps as well as through its exclusive partnership with CBSSports.com.
On November 28, 2012, 247Sports announced a content partnership with CBS Sports, in which 247Sports would provide content for its digital platforms (including CBSSports.com), and CBS Sports Digital would handle advertising sales for the site.
In May 2013, 247Sports reached a long-term agreement to become the official online selection partner of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the U.S. Army National Combine, replacing its competitor Rivals.com.
In December 2015, CBS announced that it had acquired 247Sports.
On October 10, 2017, 247Sports announced a partnership with Pro Football Focus, in which it will provide coverage of Division I FBS college football for the website, including a PFF College microsite and integration of its player grades and rankings across 247Sports.
247Sports features two ratings for high school football and basketball recruits: its own in-house evaluations done by its scouting staff, and also the 247Sports Composite ratings. The Composite aggregates the public ratings for a prospect by the major recruiting services using a propriety algorithm. The Composite originally combined the ratings from 247Sports' in-house ratings, Rivals.com, ESPN, and Scout.com. Since 247Sports' acquisition of Scout in 2017, the Composite now only includes the former three constituent ratings. The Composite also does not include any athletes that do not yet have a recruiting profile on 247Sports, to prevent spoofs from other sites. The resulting rankings can be considered an industry consensus on the top recruits in the nation.
The individual collegiate conferences covered include:
- "247sports.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
- "Plano West RB Auston Anderson turns downs offers from Baylor, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech to commit to Northwestern". Dallas Morning News. May 9, 2013. Archived from the original on July 21, 2013. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
- "Massachusetts RB Johnathan Thomas commits to Maryland". Washington Post. May 9, 2013.
- "Predicting where top uncommitted prospects will land on Signing Day". Sports Illustrated. February 1, 2011.
- "CBSSports.com Strikes Content Partnership Deal With 247Sports.com". Sports Business Daily. November 29, 2012.
- "247Sports gets 'big win' with CBS partnership". Nashville Business Journal. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
- "247Sports.com To Replace Rivals As Online Selection Partner For All-American Bowl". Sports Business Daily. May 7, 2013.
- "CBS Acquires Digital-Sports Site 247Sports". Variety. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
- "247Sports.com Lands Deal With Pro Football Focus That Will Result In New CFB Site". Sports Business Daily. Retrieved October 11, 2017.(subscription required)
- "Recruiting shakeup: 247Sports has purchased Scout". February 1, 2017. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
- "247Sports Rating Explanation". 247Sports.com. July 20, 2012.
- "247Sports Composite changes policy after fake recruit catfishes Rivals website". Saturday Down South. February 14, 2019.
- "Seeing stars: 247Sports, Rivals, and ESPN star-rating systems explained". CougCenter.com. Vox Media. December 15, 2018.
- Hladik, Matt (May 26, 2019). "College Football's 10 Best Recruiting Classes For 2020". TheSpun.com.
- "Find your team". 247Sports.com.