Sports Illustrated ranks as the #1 media choice for Steelers coverage.

Pittsburgh, PA – September 6, 2006 – Sports Illustrated’s NFL Preview issue hit the stands over the weekend and ranked as the editors’ pick for the number one media web site for Steelers coverage. The issue, featuring Joey Porter on the cover, breaks down the upcoming season with each team’s projected conference rankings, expected breakout players and the editors’ picks for the best local media coverage.

“It’s really gratifying to be recognized by a leading national sports magazine for having the best local Steelers coverage,” said Debra Alward, general manager of “It speaks volumes towards the quality and quantity of Steelers news and information that offers.”

Site analytics from 24/7 Real Media indicate that a strong local, national and even international audience relies on for Steelers news, commentary and other information that has to do with the black and gold. According to Alward, “’s traffic reached record numbers during the last season’s playoff run and Super Bowl XL victory. Both unique users and page view numbers skyrocketed, and the site experiences similar traffic surges as soon as pre-season starts, during the regular season and every time the Steelers make headlines – whether it’s football season or not.”

Web site visitors depend on for in-depth, expert coverage. Ed Bouchette, the Post-Gazette’s Steelers beat writer, provides daily analysis, breaking news and insights that no other reporter covering the Steelers has. Bouchette also answers fans’ questions daily and hosts a weekly online chat.

Also available on are commentaries by Post-Gazette columnists Ron Cook, Bob Smizik and Gene Collier. Special online-only features include additional game pictures from the PG’s award-winning photographers, a Blog ‘n Gold and a Steelers Nation section which contains links to fight songs, cheer cards, photos and the extremely popular list of out-of-town Steelers hangouts.

“At, Steelers fans have access to all the information they need,” stated Alward. “We appreciate the editors at Sports Illustrated for acknowledging as the best choice for local Steelers coverage.”

As an established, branded extension of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, has been an online resource for the region since 1997. The Post-Gazette has served the Pittsburgh community, its readers and advertisers as the region’s indispensable source of news, advertising and information for more than two centuries.

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