The National Football League has chosen Air2Web, a wireless platform provider, to take its NFL.com coverage of the 2002 NFL Draft wireless.
Using Air2Web’s Mobile Internet Platform, the NFL says football fans will be able to receive free up-to-the-minute Draft picks Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21, anywhere, anytime via any Web-enabled phone (WAP), Short Message Service (SMS) phone or Personal Digital Assistant (PDA).
With WAP phones and PDAs, fans will be able to follow all the draft news regarding a particular team, round or position. Using their SMS phone, fans can also get automatic alerts containing the first and second round picks for all the teams, or they can sign up to receive all the picks for their favorite team.
“Air2Web is extremely excited about wirelessly connecting fans to the 2002 NFL Draft, one of the most popular and tracked events in the game of football,” Sanjoy Malik, president and chief executive officer of Air2Web, said in a statement. “Taking the Draft wireless exemplifies the NFL’s commitment to using cutting-edge technology to keep their fans updated to all the Draft news anytime, anywhere and with the digital, wireless device of their choice.”
Air2Web has wirelessly enabled numerous media and entertainment organizations such as the PGA Tour and CBS SportsLine.com. The company says its Mobile Internet Platform enables enterprise solutions across any carrier, any network or any one of some 582 digital, wireless devices. It allows businesses to extend the capabilities of their sales force automation, customer relationship management, enterprise resource planning, supply chain management and e-mail solutions through any wireless device anytime, anyplace.
To date, Air2Web has more than 65 production deployments with customers providing wirelessly enabled financial applications, customer relationship management and subscription-based content services. Customers include Delta Employees Credit Union, ABN AMRO, Nortel, UPS, Holiday Inn, and The Weather Channel. Air2Web, which is nearing profitability, recently closed a round of $20 million Series C funding. The Atlanta-based company was founded in 1999 and has since received some $60 million in venture capital from investors such as BellSouth, iGate Capital Corp. and VeriSign Inc.