DigitalSports® Welcomes Vice President of Advertiser Services

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Former Naval officer and online ad veteran, Marcus Startzel, takes sales helm of national sports network

DigitalSports® (, a national network of local sport communities, connecting athletes, coaches, fans and families, announced today they have appointed advertising, sales and management veteran, Marcus Startzel, to the position of Vice President of Advertiser Services. As a part of the DigitalSports executive team, Marcus will be responsible for online revenue generation and product sales strategy while building and leading a local-market sales force.

"This is a huge step forward for us, and the timing is perfect because we have an overwhelming number of promising national partnership opportunities to pursue, as well as communities around the country interested in building local, individualized DigitalSports networks" states Carl Wartzack, DigitalSports Chief Operating Officer. "Marcus comes to us with an innate understanding of the sales environment and the ability to implement successful strategies. We look forward to him integrating his former naval and online leadership experience into the development of a world class sales force," Wartzack concludes.

"It is truly an exciting time for young athletes today, and I am thrilled to be on board with DigitalSports," states Marcus Startzel. "Community sports mean so much to people all over the country, and it is truly rewarding to help athletes and coaches get recognized in a strictly positive way."

Marcus joins DigitalSports with over 10 years of experience in building successful sales teams, interactive media sales, forecasting corporate growth and revenue generation. In his new role as Vice President of Advertiser Services, Marcus assumes responsibility for growing the DigitalSports reach, recognition and revenues. He will maintain and prospect corporate accounts, develop strategic partnerships and spearhead client campaigns. Marcus will also oversee the DigitalSports sales team and revenue initiatives, and will be the sales coach and manager to the DigitalSports sales staff.

"The value of our hyper-local approach can provide advertisers and sponsors incredible value," continues Startzel. "Families and communities are passionate about their hometown teams, and we give local advertisers the ability to deepen their relationships with their neighbors, and national advertisers the chance to become part of the community--true brand engagement."

Prior to joining DigitalSports, Marcus was VP of Sales at where he consistently led his teams, year after year, to unprecedented growth which outpaced the industry. In addition, he was instrumental in developing and marketing innovative sales strategies and new product lines. His work there earned him 2007 "Best Sales Manager" award at the American Business Awards. Marcus is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and served as a Nuclear Submarine Officer. He currently resides in Annapolis, MD. was established to highlight the positive aspects of high school and youth sports and the positive impact sports has on the individual and their community. The goal of the DigitalSports network is to support the influence sports has on young-athletes by offering information, tools, services and tuition-awards to students, coaches and municipalities across the country. Therefore, DigitalSports has quickly become the premier source for local sports multimedia, including videos, photos, headlines, stats, standings and other information.

For more information on Marcus Startzel, DigitalSports programs, franchise opportunities, scholarships and awards visit or contact Publicist Kristi Hughes.

About Digital Sports®
DigitalSports® is the source for your local sports and activities; providing members and guests with a single point of access to high school and club sports and activities around the country. By distributing professional and user-generated content, DigitalSports offers communities around the nation the opportunity to share and spotlight the accomplishments of their local youth.

DigitalSports' mission is to deliver a positive, quality experience to its guests through their online tools and systems and their video and print information as well as providing innovative tools and resources to coaches and mentors. DigitalSports operates as a new-media outlet within defined guidelines for preventing any publishing of inappropriate content.

The goal of DigitalSports® is to inform, entertain and inspire. DigitalSports believes that the real heroes are to be found in our local communities; next door, in our homes and in our schools. More information can be found at


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