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Welcome to the First of Many Changes in 2010

Posted on: March 1, 2010 5:21 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2010 9:23 pm
 

Thank you for using CBSSports.com.  Whether this is your first visit to CBSSports.com or you’re a long-time “SportsLiner,” I appreciate your interest and feedback.

If you find a bug, need help for something unrelated to the site redesign, or otherwise need customer service, please contact us through the Help center so that we can respond directly to you.

You can of course discuss the changes with me and other users by posting a message below.  If you have an idea to improve the site, please let me know.  Most of the great ideas we have put into the site over the years have come from customers.

Who is Patrick Herde?

As Vice President of Product Management, I oversee the user experience on the site: layout and design, all consumer products such as Fantasy Sports, NCAA Tournament bracket games, our GameTrackers and other statistical applications, NCAA March Madness on Demand, the CBSSports.com Community, CBS Sports Mobile, and more.

About the CBSSports.com redesign

The changes on the site today are the first of many that we’ll release over the coming months in order to better present everything that CBSSports.com offers (deep coverage of pro, college, and high school sports and industry leading fantasy news and games all within the context of the best fan community online) make the site easier for you to use, and make it faster.

You’ll note that most of the enhancements in this first release largely affected the masthead and color palette.  Rest assured that more profound changes are on the way.

Here are some of the improvements we made today and why

New location for accessing your profile: we moved “your stuff” to the narrow horizontal bar at the top of the page to make it easier for you to access—even while you scroll.  What we internally call the "open bar" currently contains your log-in, favorite teams, account and profile links, link to the Help center, and MyLinks (formerly “My QuickLinks”), but we’re adding new features later this year that I think will make it an even more important part of your daily experience on the site.

Redesigned navigation: although improvement of visual cues and the re-org of the menu items may be subtle, we believe those changes will make it easier for you to find your way around the site—and also easier to know where you are on the site as you navigate. 

Also…

  • If you’re a fantasy sports gamer, you’ll appreciate the new “Fantasy” menu that brings order to your team logos if you’re playing more than one sport.  The drop-down now includes links to our Fantasy News site, which has been very difficult to find historically on CBSSports.com.
  • Fans of high school sports, high school athletes, and coaches will appreciate that our high school site, MaxPreps, is easier to find.
  • “More Sports” has been organized into Pro and College sports.  You’ll notice that we link to NCAA.com for coverage of several college sports such as baseball, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and more.  You may not be aware, but NCAA.com is also managed by the CBSSports.com team.

New colors: we moved away from the lighter palette in the masthead and background image in order to make a differentiated impression with the CBS Sports brand.  As the lighter palette is favored by Web design experts for better legibility, you’ll see today and in later stages of the CBSSports.com redesign this year that we preserve it inside the content area below the masthead.

Less clutter and faster: we removed search ads from the content sections of the site and removed all ad networks (advertising not sold by CBS)—reducing clutter and making the site faster.  We’ll be taking steps throughout the year to reduce page load duration.

We heard you...MyLinks and Message Board links are back: we responded to users who participated in the Beta test over the last three weeks and were vocal about the popularity of “My QuickLinks”—now “MyLinks”—and the “Message Board” links in the drop-downs.  Among other fixes, we restored those features that had been eliminated before the Beta.  This is exactly why we want your feedback.

Let us know your thoughts

So those are highlights of this first phase of the CBSSports.com redesign.  Feel free to leave a comment below to share with me or discuss with other users.  I welcome your thoughts—both positive and critical.

Again, if you find a bug, need help for something unrelated to the site redesign, or otherwise need customer service, please contact us through the Help center so that we can respond directly to you.

Why should you read this blog?

Check back for future posts. As I’ve done today, I'll update this blog, sharing information about new CBSSports.com features as we release them and future product plans. 

Thanks again for using CBSSports.com.

Patrick

Category: General
Comments

Since: Mar 8, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2010 2:41 pm
 

Welcome to the First of Many Changes in 2010

The "bold" colors are fine even though I preferred the old white. Also, theres no "home" on the navigation bar so if I want the front page after I have navigated somewhere i have to reenter the web address. My main problem is that sportsline has made huge cutbacks on its tennis coverage. The exceptional coverage was the primary reason that I chose sportsline to be my go-to sports site. The daily scores are posted so I dont see what the big deal is to just whip up a bracket quick for each tournament and update it with the scores. Thats huge for me since even the ATP doesnt do a good job posting brackets.



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2010 2:35 pm
 

Welcome to the First of Many Changes in 2010

The cosmetic changes are nice.

Hopefully CBS will take time to fix more substantial issues like Trolls and Stalkers.

And if you really aren't going to fix them, get rid of the warning system, or the Admins that monitor but do not understand the terms of service.

This is not close to the best user community due to the reasons mentioned above.



Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2010 1:37 pm
 

lost last refuge for dial-up users

I don't know how many of us remain using dial-up internet, but Sportsline is no longer an easier download than the other major sports sites on the web.  It's too bad.  I hope some smart site recognizes the chance to corner the market and creates a lite download site for us.  They'd get all of us, including many cell phone users.  Sure the ads might not flash and blare in annoying ways, but the advertizers would be certain of a captive market.




Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2010 12:05 pm
 

Welcome to the First of Many Changes in 2010

I mainly just vist the site to check out the message boards.  That being said, I find the ads to be obtrusive.  I also miss seeing the number of comments icon that used to be next to each headline.  It gave me an idea of which headlines were hot topics.

I like the color scheme though!




Since: Jun 27, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2010 11:40 am
 

Welcome to the First of Many Changes in 2010

THIS NEW SITE IS EXCELLENT-NEED ONE SAY ANYTHING ELSE?




Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2010 11:30 am
 

Welcome to the First of Many Changes in 2010

Looks like Mr. Herde stopping responding to comments at page 2.  NO ONE is listening, people!



Since: Mar 8, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2010 11:14 am
 

Welcome to the First of Many Changes in 2010

Not a big fan liked the old layout better.  I don't know why companies change things that are working fine, if you wanna change something make it your updates on players cause that could sure use an overhaul



Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2010 11:11 am
 

Welcome to the First of Many Changes in 2010

CBSsportsline.com has always been my favorite sports website.  I LOVE the new changes, much more eye appealing than the old one.  I really like how easy it continues to be to navigate through scores, standings etc.  I like how in college football and basketball ALL the scores of major colleges comes up and you do not have to specify the ALL category like on espn.com. 



Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2010 10:26 am
 

Welcome to the First of Many Changes in 2010

nice changes.  kept it simple like the old format.  too many other websites try to over do it.  sportsline gets my first cup of coffee every morning.



Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2010 9:51 am
 

Welcome to the First of Many Changes in 2010

OK...since you asked:

The color pallette doesn't work...it's plain awful.

In the "Live Scoring" feature, the lines go right through the some of the scoring (especially once a game ends) making it very difficult to read.

At the bottom of the live scoring where all the teams have their updated stats...there is no distinct change in color per line...so it's tough to read.

Please make an additional change so that we can enjoy reading the live scoring...as it is one of the most important features.

thanks...


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