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USA TODAY Sports Media Group Forges Partnership Between Schedule Star LLC And AllPlayers.com Inc.

--Combined Database, Housed on USATodayHSS.com, Is Among Largest In U.S.--

MCLEAN, Va., March 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- USA TODAY Sports Media Group announced today a partnership between Schedule Star LLC and AllPlayers.com Inc., bringing together two of the nation's leaders in high school sports information to create one of the largest athlete databases in the country.

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The partnership, data from which will live on USATodayHSS.com—Gannett's second largest online media offering behind USAToday.com—combines existing databases that feature millions of active amateur athletes while simultaneously unifying profiles of high school athletes across platforms.  The resulting database bridges the gap between school-based activities and club sports. 

"USA TODAY Sports Media Group has reaffirmed USA TODAY High School Sports' position as a leader by bringing together Schedule Star LLC and AllPlayers.com Inc., two valued database providers in the industry," said Dave Morgan, President, USA TODAY Sports Media Group. "We're proud to share USA TODAY High School Sports' new clearinghouse of athlete information; it's sure to be an unparalleled tool for coaches and athletes alike."

Schedule Star is a longtime partner for the Gannett family, adding HighSchoolSports.net (now USATodayHSS.com) to help athletic directors communicate data to parents, student athletes, media and the general public in the 1990s. In 2007, Gannett acquired the company.  AllPlayers.com, which specializes in sports, education and other recreational market segment data, provides the cloud-based platform to house Schedule Star's extensive longitudinal data. 

About USA TODAY Sports Media Group
The USA TODAY Sports Media Group encompasses all sports initiatives across USA TODAY Sports and Gannett's more than 100 well-known local media brands. It also includes the sports photography wire service USA TODAY Sports Images, leading high school sports destination USA TODAY High School SportsFor The Win, the first mainstream sports media property focused exclusively on "social news," and designed specifically to resonate on social networks and non-traditional media channels and platforms; Sports On Earth, a  joint venture with MLB Advanced Media dedicated to great sports writing in all its forms; and the hundreds of sites within USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties, such as HoopsHype.com and mixed martial arts site MMAjunkie.com, among others. USA TODAY is owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (GCI).

About Schedule Star LLC
Schedule Star, the leader in high school athletic scheduling, has been trusted by thousands of athletic departments across the country since 1964. For 50 years Schedule Star has provided a complete solution for managing team schedules, facilities, transportation, eligibility, rosters, officials, game help, contracts, awards, certificates, scores, stats and more while keeping the schools' community up-to-date with real time schedules, detailed information and alerts of event changes.

About AllPlayers.com, Inc.
AllPlayers.com is a leading provider of PCI and COPPA compliant online registration, member management, and integrated financial solutions, serving industry-leading SaaS providers in the sports, education, faith-based and other recreational market segments. The AllPlayers cloud-based, open architecture platform is designed to integrate seamlessly into third party SaaS providers through an extensive API, webhooks, and embedded framework to compliment their existing suite of services.  AllPlayers.com, Inc. was founded in 2009, and is located in Dallas, Texas.

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