PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL on Thursday announced that the web site of the Bakersfield Condors (bakersfieldcondors.com) has been chosen as the inaugural winner of the ECHL Web Site of the Year. The web sites for each of the ECHL teams were reviewed by Rich Libero, who is in his sixth year as Vice President Editorial & Production, NHL.com, the official web site of the National Hockey League.
The Condors received their award at the annual ECHL Marketing and Communications Meetings attended by more than 160 representatives from league teams. Bakersfield finished ahead of Alaska (alaskaaces.com), Augusta (augustalynx.com), Columbia (columbiainferno.com), Gwinnett (gwinnettgladiators.com) and Wheeling (wheelingnailers.com).
Libero was instrumental in the development and implementation of the NHL.com Network which includes all 30 member teams in the NHL as well as numerous league and hockey-related web sites, including the ECHL. During his tenure, NHL.com has seen traffic increase from hundreds of thousands of page views and tens of thousands of visitors to millions of page views and visitors. NHL.com is the No. 1 hockey site in the world, the No. 1 sports site in Canada and Netscore consistently ranks it among the Top 10 sports sites in the world.
“The Bakersfield web site is neatly organized, colorful, clean and simple and it offers good news representation. CondorsTown is a solid program and the fact that they include fan feedback is terrific. Fans are provided with a good seat-finder tool that shows what their seats will look like” said Libero. “The Spanish language web site is very innovative and impressive,” Libero added. “The Condors have put together a good overall concept with ‘The Nest’.”
The team redesigned its web site in September 2004 and launched the Spanish language site in March 2005. The site was designed by Jason Best at IWS/D in Bakersfield and is hosted by The Marcom Group in Bakersfield. The web site is maintained by IWS/D and updated regularly by Kevin Bartl, who is the director of broadcasting & media relations for the Condors. IWS/D (iwsd.net) is a privately-owned web-based solution and design company that focuses on small businesses and non-profit organizations with a commitment to provide a quality web experience to those who need it since 2000.