May 5, 2005 (New York, NY) “” The Webby Awards, the leading international honor for web sites, named WhatIfSports www.whatifsports.com as the best sports web site of 2005.
Hailed as the “online Oscars” by Time Magazine, winning a Webby Award is an unparalleled accolade recognizing the very best of the Internet. With over 4,300 sites entered from all 50 states and over 40 countries, Webby winners truly represents the best of the web.
The Webby Awards are determined by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a global organization with a membership that includes musician David Bowie, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, The Body Shop president Anita Roddick, Simpsons creator Matt Groening, Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser, and fashion designer Max Azria.
Winners will be honored at The 9th Annual Webby Awards, to be held for the first-time ever in New York City on June 6 at the legendary Gotham Hall. Hosted by comedian Rob Corrdry of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the ceremony will showcase the first-ever Webby Special Achievement Awards.
In recognition of the pivotal role he has played in the development of the Internet over the past three decades, The Webby Awards will present former Vice President Al Gore with The Webby Lifetime Achievement Award. The award will be presented by Vint Cerf, widely credited as a founder of the Internet.
Other Presenters and Honorees include: Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist; the Kleptones, online music innovators; and the Spiridellis brothers, JibJab founders and digital filmmaking pioneers.
More than 400 luminaries from the fields of media, advertising, business, technology, entertainment, politics and the arts will be in attendance at the event.
“The 9th Annual Webby Awards provide both a remarkable snapshot of digital life today and a powerful sneak preview of where we are going next,” said Tiffany Shlain, creative director and chairperson of The Webby Awards. “We’re proud to shine a spotlight on outstanding sites like Mercedes-Benz USA SLK.”
For more information on The Webby Awards, please visit www.webbyawards.com.