More Sandbox info-
I'm going to strongly consider using Yahoo Fantasy Baseball this year.
Here is some additional info found at the Braves forum:
Fantasy sports: cut from the lineup
Sandbox.com's castle finally crumbled.
By Julie Landry
October 22, 2002
Imagine a sports team that lets fans into the stadium free. The catch: at the door, they must divulge personal information so the team can sell it to marketers. That was the scheme that Sandbox.com, an online sports game site, had going for nearly seven years. But after marketers stopped paying, and customers balked at having to cough up money for access, the company's model fell apart.
Sandbox.com is a prime example of misguided dot-com strategy: if we build it, they will come--and then somehow we'll make money off them. Established in 1995, the site's main attraction was free fantasy sports leagues. It managed to pull in nearly 7 million users by mid-2001 and raised more than $50 million from traditional venture capital firms, like Vulcan Ventures and the Wasatch Venture Fund, and strategic investors, like CNN/SI Interactive and Go2Net Ventures.
Video game companies like Activision and Electronic Arts have been making a killing on gamers' fierce devotion and their willingness to spend on products. For a while, Sandbox.com had the same draw, racking up millions each year by selling information to marketers like Sports Illustrated. But the marketers didn't stick around.
Earlier this year (2002), Sandbox.com managed to sell some intellectual property assets to GameBase International, a gaming infrastructure company, for an undisclosed sum. But by then, the last inning was nearly over.
In September, the company made a last-ditch effort to save itself by charging fantasy-league team owners a small subscription fee. Users refused, and the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy two weeks later.