TDS Acquires Majority Ownership of Wisconsin Sports Network

WSN prep sports Internet sites and publications most popular in Wisconsin.


Madison, Wis. — TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS) announces its acquisition of Wisconsin Sports Network (WSN), a.k.a Wisconsin Hoops Network LLC, the leading high school sports online and print publisher in Wisconsin.  

Currently WSN publishes three websites,, and, in addition to print publications, Wisconsin Preps Illustrated, Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook, and the Wisconsin Gridiron Guide.  The employees of WSN will remain on board and continue to run the business independently.

WSN offers in-depth sports reports on football and basketball in each conference including: team standings, scores, article links, and statistics.  Visitors can also see video highlights, rankings, computer ratings and original articles making it one of the most popular websites in the state. WSN online and print publications are highly popular with local and national advertisers since they reach a highly targeted audience. WSN generates 80 million page views annually with 67,000 unique monthly visitors.  WSN consistently ranks higher in online traffic than almost any other Wisconsin-based site.

“The amount of daily Internet traffic to the sites is astronomical and growing every day. TDS will provide WSN the scale we need to improve and grow our sports programming, advertising inventory, and print publications,” stated Nicholas Kartos, president of WSN. “We wanted to work with a solid, Wisconsin-based technology company with a national presence. We will utilize their Internet expertise and technological resources to build upon our successful business strategy.”  

With more than 85,000 student athletes participating in Wisconsin high school athletics every year, the multitudes of fans, athletes and coaches add up to a large base of customers to connect with every day. Cooperation from local coaches, athletic directors and student athletes helps WSN staffers to feed the site with relevant and timely information. WSN focuses on high school football and boys and girls basketball, but they are planning to expand their reach to cover all WIAA sanctioned sports.

“TDS wants to add value to the Internet experience. WSN has it all for prep sports coaches, fans and athletes,” adds Tab Noble, vice president of Content Development for TDS. “There isn’t a better high school sports resource than WSN and they have a lot of Internet traffic and experience to prove it.”


Background on WSN: launched on November 18th, 2002 and quickly became the number one resource for high school basketball information in the state of Wisconsin. The following year,, and a general sports message board and online forum were added.  The company has recently moved into new space in Monona, Wis. to accommodate for future expansion. For more information visit

 Background on TDS:

Headquartered in Madison, Wis. TDS Telecommunications Corp. operates under two primary brands, TDS Telecom and TDS Metrocom.  The company employs approximately 3,000 people nationwide with more than 2,100 in Dane County alone. TDS Telecom is the 6th largest independent phone company in the U.S., making them a leading provider of phone, broadband Internet services and TV. Its parent company Telephone and Data Systems Inc. (AMEX: TDS) also owns U.S. Cellular and Suttle-Straus.  For more information, visit .