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The Social Aspect of Fantasy Sports

Posted on: May 26, 2009 11:24 am
I'd argue that Fantasy Sports, in it's most basic form, needs to include these 6 features:
  • Draft
  • Set Lineup
  • Transactions (Add/Drop, Trade)
  • Live Scoring
  • Stats
  • Content (Draft Prep, Player News, Analysis)
If you want to play fantasy, you can get that done as long as 1)your draft runs well, 2) you have no problems seting a lineup on a regular basis, 3) you can conduct all of your transactions without issue, 4) you can check live scoring and it is accurate, 5) you can check and sort stats anyway you need to in order to analyze your team/players, and 6) some player news to help you make those decisions never hurts. 
I'd even argue that content is not fundamental to the game. Sometimes it can just be added noise when trying to do your own analysis. Often times I've swayed my decision according to the experts only to kick myself for not following what I knew to be true in my own head.  But, we'll leave it in because at the very least, it is good to know if a player is injured and will not be playing for a while. 

We've spent a lot of time working on these 6 features of the site.

But Fantasy has evolved into something much more social than just player analysis and decision making. If you've been with us for a while, you've undoubtedly noticed that we've been trying to enhance some of the more social aspects of the website.  We had always included a League Wide Email Address, a Message Board, the ability to post a league story, and a chat room within the draft.  But in recent times we've added Sticky Notes which allow you to leave a note for someone on a specific page in the league, we've enhanced the league history which provides fodder for more social behavior around Fantasy,  we've added the ability to post video content to your league news stories, and we've improved the chat rooms and added them to the live scoreboards of your league. 

To be honest, we've had varying levels of success with each of these items. Some are too new to tell, and others may have been implemented poorly (in my mind) and I get the feeling people don't even know where to find them.  But we can't deny the data that tells us that the chat room has been very well received.  Sometimes though, our users are so thirsty for a feature, that once we get it out there, they will consume it no matter how it is implemented.  Basically, they will use it despite its shortcomings and we'll never know that it is not doing the job it could be doing. 

So what I am asking here is 1) Is your league using the chat room? 2) Are you getting all you that could be out of that experience?  3) How would you like to see chat evolve within your league?  4) Are the social features within your league adequate?  5) Would you like to see the social features of fantasy evolve outside the contexts of your leagues? 

And really, I'd be happy to hear any other input you might have about how you feel that Fantasy has and will continue to evolve socially.

Category: Fantasy

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: July 12, 2009 4:12 pm

The Social Aspect of Fantasy Sports

I will echo the sentiments (again) for more customization, but the request above for the capability of a Rookie only draft in addition to a normal draft is a spectacular idea!

Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: June 5, 2009 1:05 pm

The Social Aspect of Fantasy Sports

I'll second all of that.  Juke box is a great idea and so is the multiple drafts for dynasty leagues or keeper leagues that need.  I don't think anyone (Yahoo, ESPN, Fanball) have that function.

Since: Jan 31, 2007
Posted on: June 5, 2009 10:01 am

The Social Aspect of Fantasy Sports

I have been with CBS fantasy football for quite some time since 2002. It is by far the best product on the market. I have tried EA Sports, Espn and Yahoo and to be prefectly honest none of those compare to the outstanding you have produced.
However i would like to see more customization for each individual owners page. Mainly the possiblility of a juke box to where when you go to a certain teams page you can hear that teams theme song or something to that extent. We are each our own individuals and to have that option to where you can go to that owner and see what gets them going and to see other aspects of that owner would be excellent in my own opinion. 
The chat function is excellent option that i use but to use the words from a previous poster i too would like to see it be a pop up with the ability to check back to previous messages.
Another item i wish you would add is the possibilty of having two seperate drafts. My league has a seperate Rookie Draft prior to the dispersal draft every year days after the NFL has there draft. Our commisioner is having to manually add those players to the individual rosters prior to the real draft and it is causing a great deal of work for them. If you could possibly set up a way to do a Rookie only draft prior to a normal draft that would be a great addition and feature to CBS fantasy football. 
Also thank you so very much for adding in the history feature and opening up to show as far as 1998.
In closing you have the best product on the market which is why we keep coming back year after year.
Thanks for reading. 

Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: June 4, 2009 10:03 am

The Social Aspect of Fantasy Sports

Also, there are some quirks about the League History section this season that I would define as poorly implemented (for instance any owner and not just the commissioner can add or remove a season from the league history page - and that change is visible to all - it should just be accessible for Commissioners). That was a bug that has since been fixed.  But I love your other ideas.  This is really helpful.  Thanks. 

Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: June 4, 2009 10:02 am

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Thanks for all of the feedback.  I would have responded to each of these, but most of the responses would have been close to the same in that, we've thought about a lot of these ideas.  And hopefully I can point to your feedback the next time these ideas come up as something we'd like to accomodate in the future.  This is all really good stuff.  Please keep it coming. 

Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: June 3, 2009 8:54 pm

The Social Aspect of Fantasy Sports

sticky notes on individual player pages!

Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: June 2, 2009 6:42 pm

The Social Aspect of Fantasy Sports

1) We are using the chatroom
2) We like the feature
3) Private Chat is essential to potential trade negotiations during the games
4) I love the social features in our league, but the one area of the league that everyone wants to see expanded is the League History section.  We're very excited about it.  Having said that, we want/need more customization at a Commissioner-level to make it adequate.  For instance entering custom team names in past season in which we were not with CBS Sports.  More Custom Award options (instead just the three).  Customization is always great, because it allows you to be as in-depth as you want to be and promotes accuracy.  Also, there are some quirks about the League History section this season that I would define as poorly implemented (for instance any owner and not just the commissioner can add or remove a season from the league history page - and that change is visible to all - it should just be accessible for Commissioners).  There are so many other things that can make this feature so great.  For instance, a customizable Hall of Fame for players and owners, or have player awards (decided on by our individual league) follow those players around the site in a similar fashion as the trophies follow the teams around the site.  Anything customizable enhances the social aspect of the league and increases everyone's drive to add to their respective stats and have players in the "Hall of Fame" and championship trophies in their trophy cases.  It's terrific fodder and CBS Sports needs to invest in it.  It promotes loyalty and repeat users (Commissioner service offering).
5) One feature that could be pretty cool, from a social/consumer aspect is a "league shop."  Something similar to CafePress, where the Commissioner can upload team and league logos onto apparel/accessories and list them for a price with the margin going toward paying for the league the next season, through CBS Sports.  Of course, this would constitute a major development investment, but a private "league shop" would definitely get a lot of play and pay in our 14 man league.

Thanks for inquiring!

Since: Feb 4, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2009 10:53 pm

The Social Aspect of Fantasy Sports

Most only use it during the draft, unless your in a league with friends! Should be able to delete messages posted to league and on live scoring! I thought you could do that in the past in fantasy football. Same posts are still there from the draft.  Also have an issue with the waiver process! I'm dead last in my league and always on the back end of waivers! This week I'm ninth in line and the team with the best record is second in the order! I don't get it! Shouldn't it reset each week and let the worst teams get the first shot? Very difficult to get back in the hunt! It's June 2 and feel like my fantasy baseball season is over! Been on this site for 13 years and not sure if I'm even going to do fantasy football now!

Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2009 4:48 pm

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I would like to see an option for spectators to view your Fantasy football site.  Maybe given the option to post messages and stories as well.  I have many friends that would like to keep up with the league but not play.  This would be a great benefit.

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: May 30, 2009 5:51 pm

The Social Aspect of Fantasy Sports

I find that the chat room function is great, and I would like to add a "ditto" to the gentleman's comment on having the chat room pop out. But, to me, the feature that CBS is lacking is the ability to add photo and video to an individual league's Message Board. Don't get me wrong, the news story feature is nice, but smack talking and video/photo jabs take place on the message boards.....not on a news story.

I think that you'll find that most people love the data that CBS provides, but there are other sites that do a much better job with the social aspects. I've been a commissioner for 5 years on this site, and I feel for the amount that we pay, the social aspects could be much better. Allowing each league's home page to be customized down to designing their own home page would be nice as well. Allowing for code in posts on the message boards would be outstanding. Allowing audio to be uploaded to a league's home page would be cool.

Again, other sites allow this. One in particular is FREE. AND they provide live scoring and data just as CBS does. I think that these are areas that CBS can improve in.


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