Yesterday, Michael Arrington of TechCrunch.com pointed out BallHype a new community-oriented news site that focuses on professional and college sports. This site has just exited a private beta, so the user community is still pretty small.
I'm interested in sites like this because community-oriented news sites like Digg haven't been able to build reader interest in sports-oriented stories. I'd like to have a site that I could go to that ranked stories about sports I'm interested in based on fan interest. BallHype might become that site.
One of yesterday's big stories in hockey was the firing of Claude Julien as head coach of the New Jersey Devils. When I hit my computer this morning to do my Operation Gadget research, I checked out BallHype, and this was the top hockey story on the site.
It's a little hard to use as a source site at the moment because it appears that they don't consistently place permalinks on their home page. I'm not sure if I'm missing something or if they did here.
I'm going to keep an eye on BallHype to see if it evolves into a Digg-like site, with its own community of passionate sports fans. It looks like it's off to a good start.