SAN FRANCISCO, JULY 18, 2001 — Swell.com was named the Internet’s bestsports website Wednesday at the annual Webby Awards, the so-called “AcademyAwards of the Internet.” In winning the Webby, Swell/Surfline beat out suchhigh-profile sports sites as ESPN.com and CBS.sportsline.com. The other twonominees in the sports category were Bowl.com and PlanetRugby.com.
The ceremony was held at San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House andattended by an estimated 3,000 people. Now in their fifth year, the WebbyAwards are the “leading international honor for achievement in technologyand creativity.” The 27 categories ranged from the serious (Politics,Commerce, Finance) to the artistic (Film, Fashion, Arts) to the goofy(Weird, Personal, Humor).
The event is organized and overseen by the International Academy of DigitalArts & Sciences, which states that the awards “strive to combine the richdiversity of perspectives and talent of the online community in order torecognize the finest work by the most skilled people in this dynamic field.”
Swell/Surfline was named the number one sports website based on sixcriteria: content, structure and navigation, visual design, functionality,interactivity, and overall experience.
Wednesday night’s event was hosted on stage by actor Allan Cummings, while alive webcast was hosted by ABC News anchor Sam Donaldson.
Winners were required to limit their acceptance speeches to five words.Swell Executive Editor Steve Hawk, accepting on behalf of the site’shard-working staff, chose his five carefully: “Sam Donaldson, dude, gnarlytoupee.”