Champion Communications - The pioneers of telephone-based e-commerce
Twenty years ago, telephones were used simply for person-to-person calling. Users paid their bills, phone companies made a profit and that was the end of the story. We pioneered the use of the telephone for e-commerce. We set up toll lines and began providing near real-time horseracing results, up-to-the-minute sports scores, lottery results and more. Joint ventures followed with media giants like Gannett Publishing (USA Today), Tribune Media which private labeled these services. This led to new revenue streams, new ways to connect with customers, and the rest, literally, is history or more accurately, the future.
Taking telephony to the next level.
Today, Champion Communications continues to take telephony to a new level - with new technologies, new capabilities, and new opportunities. We are still the largest provider of horseracing, and lottery results. We still offer these services under private label to newspapers and racetracks. However, our services go well beyond that. In fact, right now we are helping advertisers build brands, facilitate promotions, and manage customer inquiries. We are assisting political candidates with mass calling drives. We are helping banks automate the retail check verification process and that is just the beginning.
Champion Communications is one of the most respected service bureaus and information providers in the nation.
Champion was founded in 1989 as National Raceline, Inc. to provide racehorse owners, breeders and racing enthusiasts with a near real time method of obtaining race results from tracks across the nation. Callers have a choice, in most cases of hearing, in addition to the results, the full race or the actual stretch calls of the races in which they have interest. This form of sports information naturally evolved into a second information product, the "National Sports Line," which was continually updated and gave "up-to-the-minute" national and international results and news of US sports. From the modest beginning, Champion joint ventured their programs with such media industry giants as USA Today (and parent company Gannet Publishing), Tribune Media, Fox Network, News America, The Weather Channel and official lottery number for eight state lotteries, etc..
Champion then expanded it’s horizons and became a service bureau for other companies, both entrepreneurial and Fortune 500, completing and providing programs for clients such as the State of New York, OTB, Yahoo, Telemundo, Carolina Power & Light, New York Racing Association, CITGO, Pennzoil, McDonalds, National Parkinson Foundation, Paralyzed Veterans of America, California Department of Justice, Branch Bank and Trust, etc. Consequently, in a little over four years, Champion Communications became and remains to this day the largest information service bureau and "900" provider in the United States.