Blog Entry

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: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2010 5:55 pm
 

Something’s happenin’ here

Still can't use the site. thanks again CBS



Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: September 5, 2010 12:43 pm
 

Something’s happenin’ here

Well this Sunday morning as I sign on to check out some scores, etc., I see your magnificent "new design" is completely botched up!  Congratulations!  lol!  By all means with twice the registered users as last year, don't deal with more viable memory!  Change the looks of the site, but do not deal with throughput!  Do not deal with excellence of operation, vastly needed resources and waiting to cut all we IE6 posters until 2011 Spring when things are generally slower!  Do not actually think this through, slap that new code in, and now look at the mess.  You can't present anything the way it looked on Friday, likely because of traffic.  What good is this "version" when it cannot handle heavy traffic or presentation during those times one iota better than the last version?!  lol!  Way to slop this up, cbs, you are experts at that!



Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: September 4, 2010 1:02 pm
 

Something’s happenin’ here

Hey a4forfavre!  Ah... now I see they appear to have shrunken the teeny tiny mice type to ultra tiny mice when one posts.  Another "feature" they really needed!  Maybe it really hasn't changed, but just looks that way because so many other "features" are so grandiose!  I also noticed on the Bama team page at the upper right where it shows some division stats that they're using white as the background along with white type (very readable) and the formerly Crimson Alabama "A" logo is now pink!  Yeah, they really checked this beta version out!  What a bunch of development fools!



Since: Apr 14, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2010 11:18 pm
 

Something’s happenin’ here

The message boards used to be much better with the seperate threads.  The "My Scores" was bettre when i could tell if MIN vs STL meant the football game or the baseball game. 

Best thing... now ESPN just updated there message boards to reply to individual comments because they realized people want that! exactly what CBS sport ran away from for some stupid reason.



Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: September 2, 2010 10:27 am
 

Something’s happenin’ here

The old "My Scores" was far superior to the new "My Scores".  Please bring back the cool logos next to the teams I'm following.  Bring back the dates that tell us when the next game will be played or when the last game was played.  I have about 10 teams that I follow and it only shows one on the "My Scores" bar.  VERY FRUSTRATING!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2010 7:40 pm
 

Something’s happenin’ here

Crotch - Thanks for the suggestions and I do appreciate the feedback for other browser use from others as well.  I believe there's a big reason why companies are taking a wait and see attitude about upgrading their IE browsers, since IE8 has been a nightmare for so many, such that Microsoft is trying a super fix by introducing IE9 availability soon.  This gives them a way around the dirt of IE8, and promises, so to speak, to make this next version so much better.  I agree that other options are looking far superior, but I would have to buy a whole new system for that to fly!  I'm facing double knee surgery soon, so the bucks just aren't there.  My respect for the overall entity of CBS has never been high, and now it's just plain gone.  I resent cbs for causing this trap, and I dislike whining about it, but they have left me with no choices.  My windows Op Sys is too old to support any changes at all, Mozilla or not.  Thanks for the feedback, guys, and I'll miss the comraderie, as much as one can get on the written page!  Best wishes to all, at this vile site:  I've checked out some others out and they pretty much stink!  So I guess I'll pretty much be a travelin' man for some time to come.  I'll miss posting, but more than that I'll miss the ability to dish out 5* to the many posts I've enjoyed so that people know their expressions are appreciated!  You SNAFU'd it real good cbs!  lol!



Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2010 5:53 pm
 

Something’s happenin’ here

The problem lies with the fact that IE6 can't handle web 2.0 standards (the current direction of the internet)... that's why it's being faded out. It can't even handle a transparent PNG file without a ridiculous work around... Try using a better browser and step away from Microsoft guys. IE7 and 8 were crap and I'm sure IE9 won't be much of an improvement. Apple Safari is the fastest and in my opinion the best browser (yes it works on a PC), or you can go with Google Chrome. If you can deal with the updates every other day, there's mozilla's Firefox. There are better options out there and they can all import your bookmarks so you wont lose anything.

This is absolutely tru and I run Firefox and Chrome through Linux at my house. Unfortunately at work, where I use this site most, this is not an option.

Glad to see the complaint tab was taken down before it got to 100 pages. Idiots.



Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: August 29, 2010 12:16 pm
 

Something’s happenin’ here

BTW - I can't upgrade my computer because I had the brilliance to buy a customized HP Pavilion, and their developers got their hands so into the Microsoft code that it's no longer compatible with any Microsoft updates.  Thank heavens I worked more with communications software underlying the global community and global intersystem communication than developers!  This is written with the intent of a touch of humor, but the developers for most software changes were usually in a different area, or at the SAS Institute in Cary, N.C. an whole separate building.  lol!



Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: August 29, 2010 12:07 pm
 

Something’s happenin’ here

eclipzd - I understand full well what you're saying, as my brother is a developer and because the Microsoft code is tight, customizing it to suit your needs is a hassel.  That's why he dislikes M'soft and Bill Gates as well!  You said: "The problem lies with the fact that IE6 can't handle web 2.0 standards (the current direction of the internet)... well if that is the direction of the Internet I'm surprised that all kinds of web sites are freaking out and going to other versions now.  There's no way Al is going to implement a "direction" anytime soon.  lol!My opinion of systems software support is that if there's no problem, there's no reason to upgrade or change, when a browser has been solid and stable for 9 years, there's no reason to install a browser without backward compatibility just for the sake of change.  Now its time for the Mozilla song!  I can't install that either!  When cbs had the option to make IE8 compatible with IE6, they should have considered their customers and used that option, imho!



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: August 28, 2010 1:45 pm
 

Something’s happenin’ here

Good post Mock King. I suggest lodging a complaint with CBS. Here's the link...






POWER TO THE POSTERS!!!!!!!


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