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The Voice of the CBSSports.com Fantasy Draft Room

Posted on: June 4, 2009 9:59 am
 
I received a few questions during Fantasy Baseball Draft season about the new voice in the draft rooms.  For those of you in a typical "snake" style draft, the voice lets you know when you are on deck to pick, or when you are on the clock to make your pick.  If you are in an "auction" style draft the voice lets you know that time is running out on the current auction by saying "Going Once", "Going Twice", and "Sold" once a player is sold.  It also lets you know when it is your turn to nominate a player. 

We've gotten some good feedback on it.  A lot of people wanted it so they could leave the room during a draft, turn the volume on their speakers up, and the voice will let them know when they are on the clock.  Some people have gotten annoyed with it, but we do offer an easy way to turn it off.  But most of the feedback we've gotten is about who the voice is. Many people thought it sounded familiar to them, but that they could not place it.

Since we launched Fantasy Football this week and drafts are going to start ramping up soon, I thought I'd post it here. Anyway, the voice of the draft room is none other than CBSSports' own Gus Johnson . If you are familiar with Gus Johnson's work, you know that he is Mr. Excitement when it comes to calling a game.  If you are unfamiliar with Gus Johnson by name, you've no doubt heard him call either NCAA Tournament or NFL games and probably asked yourself why this guy was getting so excited about a random play in a game.  He calls every play in a game like it is the most important play in the game.  And that's what we liked about him.  He was a no-brainer of a choice when we were trying to determine who was going to be the voice of our draft rooms. He brings a high level of excitement to what we feel is one of the most important days of the Fantasy season.  

We also had Gus create a bunch of other sound bytes that we are going to try to work into the draft room as well. So you can look out for those in the future.  By the way, he's also in the Mock Draft rooms which are also up and running if you want to check it out. We'll have Mock Drafts for Auction leagues coming soon. As always, if you have any feedback about the voice of the draft room, I am listening.
Comments

Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: June 16, 2009 11:37 pm
 

The Voice of the CBSSports.com Fantasy Draft Room

That's a great idea.  That will help during my draft party. 



Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2009 10:57 am
 

The Voice of the CBSSports.com Fantasy Draft Room

Dempster-CBS claims that R. Dempster allowed no earned runs, yet he allowed a 2-run homer, that is not reflected in the scoring or analysis-please correct-thanks



Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: June 6, 2009 9:27 pm
 

The Voice of the CBSSports.com Fantasy Draft Room

You don't get someone to record every name. You just have it electronically announced. Very easy actually.



Since: Mar 31, 2009
Posted on: June 4, 2009 2:20 pm
 

The Voice of the CBSSports.com Fantasy Draft Room

Hey Mike, off topic here and not sure how difficult it would be to institute, but our keeper league would love to see each player's fantasy ownership history so you can see what teams owned a player and when. Would be entertaining to look back and kick yourself for giving up on a guy like Edwin Jackson, for example.



Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: June 4, 2009 11:20 am
 

The Voice of the CBSSports.com Fantasy Draft Room

Obviously (and perhaps unrealistically), a natural progression would be to have the voice announce the player's name who's been selected. Yeah, we've definitely thought about it.  It is a huge undertaking and would require a lot of Gus' time to say every name in our database.  Plus the names update every season for every sport.  Personally, I love the idea, but it will take a bigger commitment from all parties to get it to that level. 



Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: June 4, 2009 11:13 am
 

The Voice of the CBSSports.com Fantasy Draft Room

I like the addition of Gus.  Obviously (and perhaps unrealistically), a natural progression would be to have the voice announce the player's name who's been selected.  Not that you guys don't know that.  


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