Sports-Obsessed Get Their Fan On with the New Fan Misery iPhone App

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[] Boston, Massachusetts - With football kicking into high gear, baseball heading into the post-season, and the basketball and hockey seasons just around the corner, sports fanatics are stretching themselves thin attempting to follow their favorite teams over four different leagues.

For the sports-obsessed, there is a dire need for the power to track the strengths and weaknesses of their top teams, to check each painstaking statistic from their latest wins, to catch up on the latest trades and signings, and to see what fellow fans are thinking. NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB sports fans, rejoice! The "Fan Misery" app for the iPhone and iPod touch gives you this power and more.

Fan Misery stands apart from other sports apps because of its one-of-a-kind "Fan Misery Index" (FMI). How does it work? Think of it as like an S&P 500 for your favorite team. The FMI is calculated based on both statistics (the performance of the team on the field) and opinions (the effect of the team's performance and other factors outside the stadium). Out churns a value between 0 and 10, where 0 indicates the bliss of winning the World Series and 10 represents the misery of losing LeBron and with him, the prospects of taking home that glorious NBA Championship.

"Fan Misery is different because it features statistics that capture what we call 'fan moments' - events that happen on the field which can infuriate fans or make them ecstatic," said Jeff Cole, CEO of Fan Misery developer Discover Motion. "It features opinions based on fan votes - in a sense quantifying talk radio and all the opinion-based news sources that we as fans are inundated with. All this tied nicely together by the FMI, something that they can check in on each morning like they'd check their stocks or the day's weather forecast."

You don't have to be a diehard sports fan to enjoy Fan Misery. The easy-to-use interface is straightforward enough for those who don't know the difference between goaltending and a goalpost. Since weather symbols are used to help users quickly visualize the day's FMI, anyone can understand that a 1 with all sunny skies is good for a team and a 9 with storm clouds depicts a gloomy outlook for that organization. Fan Misery even includes a "Current Conditions" ticker so that users can view the FMIs of rival teams.

Of course, Fan Misery provides enough options and statistics to keep even the most crazed fans happy and informed. In addition to checking the daily FMI, users can scan the news on their beloved teams in real-time from a variety of national and local sources, track a comprehensive set of interesting statistics after every game, look up game schedules, and gain total insight into opinions swirling around their teams, while voicing their own opinions as well. With Fan Misery, sports aficionados and novices alike can become expert analysts of their favorite teams.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later
* 3.2 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Fan Misery 2.01 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Sports category, and includes a free preview team. All teams within a certain league, or all teams in all four leagues can be purchased within the app. For more information and updates, follow Fan Misery on Twitter or Facebook or visit the Fan Misery website.

An avid Cubs fan raised in hostile Red Sox country, Jeff Cole is the founder and head of Discover Motion, a full-service App and Web development studio based in Carrabassett Valley, Maine, and Boston, Massachusetts. Copyright (C) 2010 Discover Motion LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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