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Something’s happenin’ here

Posted on: August 16, 2010 5:42 pm
Edited on: August 16, 2010 6:22 pm
 

It’s the time of year when football players report to training camp—unless you’re Darrelle Revis, of course —and work on getting faster, stronger and ironing out kinks in their technique, all while refining basics like blocking and tackling.

We spent the summer doing the same thing here at CBSSports.com.  We worked hard on today’s launch to make the site design cleaner, scores more accessible, and our coverage more expansive. Oh, and there’s still plenty more to come!

But first, thank you.  We appreciated the feedback from the initial phase of our redesign.  Many of you completed a survey or posted a response to this blog back in March.  We read all of your comments, and we hope you notice some of the proof in the pudding.

If you have ideas to improve the site, please let me know.  You can, of course, discuss the changes with me and others by posting a message below.  You can also contact us via Twitter or Facebook .

However, 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.


The X's and O's on Today's Launch

Back in March we focused on simplifying navigation, changing the color palette, and eliminating clutter on the home page. In this phase we upgraded how our sports coverage is presented across the entire site.

Cleaner design

We upgraded the visual design and attacked usability problems throughout the site that have likely plagued some of you for years.  How?  Open layout, larger font sizes, cleaner tables, intuitive interfaces, and navigational enhancements to make it easier to get the sports news and information you’re seeking faster.

Easy access to what you care about most...scores

“Scores at a glance”—the new scoreboard now located prominently at the top of the home page and each in-season sport section home—enables you to get custom scores based on teams you follow, your Fantasy teams, and any game that’s in progress.  It also provides quick, simple navigation to game previews, recaps and live GameTrackers.

Scores at a glance

Expanded coverage

There are many ways to tell a story and we’re striving to give our 24x7 sports coverage team flexible ways to present what’s important.  The new site allows us to better integrate our real-time coverage—so that you can get into the game as it’s unfolding.

  • You’ll notice the big new cover story treatment. That’s just the beginning.  It will soon feature embedded presentations of our video, scores, dynamic content, live feeds, and other interactive coverage.
Cover Story
  • More video throughout the site. With the redesign we have more ways to provide access to live video, highlights, and analysis from the 11,000 live events streamed by CBSSports.com annually.
  • After serving 53,746 RapidReports last year we designed a new, personalized way to get the web’s only real-time database of on-location NFL reports.
RapidReports
  • We just fired up new NFL , MLB and NBA blogs manned by some of the best journalists in sports.  You can find them throughout the site in our new Facts and Rumors sections.
Facts and Rumors
  • Team and player pages were reorganized to present wide-ranging and in-depth coverage.  And as a first step toward the redesign of our Community, we enhanced the comment boxes on these pages to make it easier to get into the discussion with other fans.
With these changes, we’re only half-way through the redesign!


What Does It All Mean?!

Based on the feedback we received from many of you on the Beta version of this launch, it’s not difficult to notice that this year’s redesign represents a big change—especially since the previous version of the site in February.  Internally, we’ve deemed this the most significant overhaul since 2002.

While the new site marks the second major release this year, we still have plenty of additional upgrades in the works for the fall and into 2011.  Some things to keep an eye on as we head into the next chapter of our redesign:

  • An innovative way for you to quickly and easily get the up-to-the-minute content most relevant to all your sports interests.
  • Revolutionary changes to Community that will make it not only easier to connect from anywhere around live events and hot topics with other fans on CBSSports.com, but also with friends on your favorite social networking sites.
  • Overhauled site search indexing all pro, college, and high school sports content from CBSSports.com, the CBSSports.com College Network, MaxPreps, and even sports content from across the Web recommended by you.
Not to be outdone by some of these other enhancements, we’ve been working since last year on the next generation of our award-winning Fantasy Sports games.  Still the best, but now even better, look for the first phase of our redesigned games to launch with Fantasy Baseball 2011.

And there’s even more to come.  We’re even working behind the scenes on platform changes that—while they may not affect you much today—will accelerate how we innovate new sports experiences as we head into 2011 and beyond. 


Take a Minute to Let Us Know What You Think

Feel free to drop me a line on the comments section of this blog.  I welcome your thoughts, both favorable and critical.  This will serve as a forum for your voice to be heard.

I’ll try and answer as many questions as possible, but it’s really your site...thank you for your participation in the development process.

Again, if you find a bug, need help with 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.

Thanks for using CBSSports.com,

Patrick

Category: General
Comments

Since: Sep 4, 2012
Posted on: September 5, 2012 1:51 pm
 

Something’s happenin’ here

Where do you go to make the picks I cannot find it?



Since: Sep 3, 2008
Posted on: September 5, 2012 10:16 am
 

Something’s happenin’ here

Yeah, really need to be able as a manager to remind players who made their picks in time. PLEASE put that back and make the x's viewable!!!!



Since: Sep 4, 2012
Posted on: September 4, 2012 7:07 pm
 

Something’s happenin’ here

Once again my league uses the league pick'em the winner gets a reward. So is it completely off or what. Could someone please respond



Since: Sep 4, 2012
Posted on: September 4, 2012 2:21 pm
 

Something’s happenin’ here

Where is the league pick'ems on the redesign I cannot find it



Since: Sep 4, 2012
Posted on: September 4, 2012 1:30 pm
 

Something’s happenin’ here

It would be nice to return to the option where we can "view all picks" and see who has and has not yet submitted their picks even though their picks are X'd out until after the deadline.  This way we can warn someone who may have forgotten to submit his picks.



Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: September 4, 2011 11:41 am
 

Something’s happenin’ here

I agree 1000%, this new setup is terrible. Give us the option to return to the old message board design.



Since: Aug 17, 2010
Posted on: March 25, 2011 5:37 pm
 

Something’s happenin’ here

Constant site re-design sucks.  It's ugly as sin and difficult to use.  Looks like Yahoo, and we were using this specifically because it didn't look like Yahoo.  I hope you lose your job.



Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: September 12, 2010 1:16 pm
 

Something’s happenin’ here

13:23 cbs time, Sunday morning, and here I am again to register my complaints over the state of everything on this website!  Clearly you spent a great deal of time between last Sunday and today really tuning this system.  What the heck are you running your system on??  TTY?!  lol!  Why didn't you plan for memory expansion as your registered "clients" increased over last Spring and Summer.  Oh that's right, now I remember!  You were playing with colors, and but for the wipeout requirement of IE8, did absolutely not one thing to improve system performance!  Do you not know one thing about network management?!  Shouldn't you have planned for increased use on Fri - Mon?  Why people are using your "fantasy football" and paying for it I'll never know, as this is a (horrific) piece of work on the regular system.



Since: Aug 19, 2010
Posted on: September 10, 2010 8:10 am
 

Something’s happenin’ here


8:00am the day after the NFL season begins and still no baseball overnight update.  ridiculous.  why can't you people run 2 fantasy sports databases simultaneously?  yet another example of Cadillac prices charged by CBS but only Chevy Vega services delivered.





Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2010 11:03 am
 

I hate the Redesign

I liked the old msg board comment layout for articles better.  The new one is pointless to read everyones/


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