Believing that innovation and coverage of college recruiting had stagnated after the acquisitions of Scout and Rivals, Shannon Terry opted to launch 24/7 sports as an upstart challenger within the online recruiting subscription space. Terry, who took Rivals from bankruptcy to a 9 figure exit with Yahoo, reassembled a lot of the talent that was key to Rivals's success spanning technology, editorial, and business management. I'm guessing it wasn't too hard to approach Rivals employees as 24/7's offices were in the same building as the Rivals headquarters.
Two years later, 24/7 has disrupted the industry and carved out a sizable audience with its network of sites, but the jury remains out on if this niche can support 3 competing networks and which one would fall if there wasn't room.
Among the many areas of differentiation to Scout and Rivals was a surprising lack of censorship in the wildly popular forums across the network. Generally speaking though on the sites I visit that are affiliated with 24/7, the discourse remains pretty clean.
Unfortunately, the network's signature national message board, The Blue Board, found racist and homophobic remarks so commonplace that posters decided to start a petition calling for the end of these hateful comments. The petition reads: