USA TODAY Sports Media Group announces partnership with FishDuck.com

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If it Quacks like a Duck…

A little over three years ago, Eugenian and rabid Oregon Ducks fan, Charles Fischer, had an idea.

Although he’d never played or coached football, like many fans he had an abiding interest in the game, “in the X’s and O’s,” as he put it. “I’m just a regular guy who was hungry to learn more about the game I’d grown to love — particularly the way it’s coached and played at the University of Oregon.”

So Fischer decided to create a website that zeroed in on the intricacies of college football, Oregon style. FishDuck.com was born, on a platform designed to handle as many as 500 visitors a day, an almost unimaginable number back then.

By this January, Fischer’s digital tribute to all things Ducks football (now with some basketball, baseball, and softball thrown in for good measure) was averaging a staggering 10,000 visits a day, placing it among the top one percent among all the world’s websites in terms of daily traffic (from Alexa, a trusted third party source).

FishDuck.com Founder, Charles Fischer

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FishDuck.com Founder, Charles Fischer

Intriguingly, these visitors come from all 50 states, and nearly 60 countries.

When they come to the site, they read the articles Fischer’s talented corps of 90 volunteers put together — up to half a million times a month. The site’s unique instructional videos have been viewed over a million times, and counting.

Those are heady numbers, indicating readers flock to the site precisely because it’s so focused on the Fighting Ducks, not in spite of that fact. In other words, if anyone doubts Oregon sports generally, and Ducks football in particular, has become a national — or even international — brand, send them to Fischer to be set straight.

But it’s not just the Ducks’ halo that draws visitors to the site. The quality of its content is a crucial piece of the FishDuck.com success story, whose articles have been cited by prestigious print and online publications such as the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.

None of this escaped the attention of the USA Today Sports Media Group, hungry for outstanding content partners to bolster their substantial national network of affiliated sports websites. It came as little surprise when Fischer and Emily Bahor, USATSMG’s Director, Publisher Management, recently announced that FishDuck.com would be joining a USA Today network of over 185 premium sports sites across the United States.

“We believe that the collaboration between the USA Today Sports Media Group and the Oregon football expertise of FishDuck.com (located in Eugene, Oregon) will provide readers and advertisers access to top-quality content surrounding University of Oregon sports,” said Bahor in heralding the new relationship.

When FishDuck.com founder Fischer was asked what, in his opinion, were the deal’s primary benefits, he began by underscoring the value of being part of a national network. “I don’t have to hire a national ad agency, because USA Today Sports Media Group will now handle that for us,” he said. This has the potential, over time, to generate new revenue for a site built largely on passion and sweat equity.

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Gannett/USA TODAY Building in McLean, Virginia.

“We have a reciprocal content sharing agreement with USA Today Sports Media Group,” he continued. “We will have access to their very substantial pool of sports content, while they will, thanks to us, be able to tap into a steady stream of outstanding Oregon-centric content.

We’ll also have access to the huge AOL video library, with daily listings from USA Today, Sports Illustrated, and Campus Insiders. And then there’s the fact our writers now have the opportunity to have their work reach a much larger audience, providing them with a powerful showcase for their talents,” he concluded.

Fischer and his all-Ducks, all-the-time website have come a long way in three-and-a-half years. But while FishDuck.com may have become flashier and even bigger with this new alignment with USA Today Sports Media Group, it still walks, talks, flies — and quacks — like a Duck!

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 Volunteer Position Openings:

--Media Management/Supervisor:  We are looking for someone beyond college age who can help manage students and mentor in a number of different departments. Expertise is not required as organizational skills and interest in guiding others.   --Assistant Football Analyst: Love college football and enjoy watching it for hours? We need associates to view games and find the techniques/teaching points we identify for them in advance.  You will be recognized in publications, and could have the opportunity to move to full Analyst.   --College Football Analyst: We are looking for Coaches, or retired coaches to help create analysis videos (we do the video part) that will be viewed by thousands, and will help young football players as well as fans understand the game much better. The national recognition will help your resume' as well as make an impact upon the game we all dearly love.   --Video Specialist: We are looking for help in the Eugene/Springfield area to assist with the shooting and editing of analysis videos.   All Positions: Send a resume' with full contact information and any writing samples you have to charles@fishduck.com  Again, these are volunteer positions donating five hours a week each.

Randy Morse

Randy Morse

Randy Morse (Editor and Writer) is a native Oregonian, a South Eugene High and U of O grad (where he played soccer for the Ducks, waaay back in ’70-‘71). After his doctoral work at the University of Alberta he launched a writing & publishing career – that plus his love of mountaineering has taken him all over the world. An award-winning artist, musician, broadcaster, and author, he’s written 8 books – his writing on media & democracy earned him the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting’s 2014 Dalton Camp Award. He swears he taught LaMarcus Aldridge his patented fade-way jump shot, and is adamant that if he hadn’t left the country (and was a foot taller) he would be the owner of a prosperous chain of fast food outlets and a member of the NBA Hall of Fame by now. If there is a more rabid Ducks fan in the known universe, this would come as a major surprise to Morse’s long-suffering family. He resides in the tiny alpine village of Kaslo, British Columbia.

  • Jared Sawyer

    Charles…. Congrats my friend! Very special news indeed!

  • Ol’CodgerDuck

    Wow!! Congratulations Charles!! What a cool progression from your dream at the beginning to simply showcase the Ducks and educate the interested reader in all things Ducks related! I feel like one of the original readers, and even though I don’t have time to comment much, I do check in as often as humanly possible. As I have stated before, I appreciate the passion and dedication you bring to this site, sharing your insights and thoughts with those of us who simply love the Ducks, and want to know them better! Looking forward to many more years of Ducks articles and tutorials!
    Again, congratulations!!
    Ol’CodgerDuck
    Go Ducks!!!

    • Ol’Codger…I remember you from a long way back! Like our beloved Ducks…you can have someone with passion–but you need a BUNCH of people with the same passion to make it work. We have the nicest bunch of people who give a TON of their time for fun and for their Ducks.

      We have some other big announcements in the off-season, and this ride is becoming quite a bit more interesting! Thanks for writing.

      FishDuck Forever

  • DuckStud

    Congrats Charles to you and the rest of the crew….you’ve come a long way…
    GO DUCKS!

  • Steven Wright

    Congratulations, Charles. I am proud to be a part of this adventure and hope the ride continues for a long time!