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Q&A with Jason Mauss of GoldenSlam Fantasy Tennis
GoldenSlam.com was founded by developer Jason Mauss. Jason started programming when he was a teenager in the 1990s and he has now been developing professionally for 17 years. He is currently a Lead Software Engineer for a data center company. Incidentally, he started playing tennis in high school too.
His love of the game, paired with his programming skills, has led to the creation of the GoldenSlam site. GoldenSlam.com gives tennis fans around the world the opportunity to play a fantasy tennis game and follow players, scores and stats from the pro tour, while also being part of a community of individuals passionate about the sport. There is no cost to use the site and play the game. We had a chat with Jason to learn more about his project and what he is bringing to the world of tennis online.
Everleap: Thanks for taking the time to talk with us Jason. Tell us a little bit about your site and how it got started.
Jason Mauss: I had the idea for the site kicking around my head for a long time, about 10 years or so, and have had the domain registered since 2006. Only in the last few years have I had the time to really plug away at it.
When you look at other popular sports like hockey, baseball, soccer, and football, they all have data easily available on tons of sites, with all kinds of ways fans can invest themselves in the sport. It used to be that you would just watch your favorite team once a week and that would be about it. Millions of fans can now watch ALL of the games played each week, create their own fantasy rosters and really just live and breathe their sport.
That’s the type of fandom and enthusiasm that has not been possible with tennis and was something that I wanted to help create. With tennis, it’s a completely different story and there is a real lack of options in terms of fantasy sport type set-ups online. There is not much for sources of data. What there is is fragmented and rather inaccessible – definitely not easily found with a simple Google search. I talked with other tennis data experts and they shared the same sentiment as me - gathering data for tennis is hard and a pain! What I’ve had to resort to in terms of gathering advanced stats made me realize that there was an opportunity gap for fantasy tennis and data analysis. So I built GoldenSlam.com, centering my game around match results and player statistics. I wanted to build the best fantasy tennis game anywhere. The site is built with ASP.NET MVC 5. On the back end I’m running a SQL Server database.