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

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Comments

Since: Aug 21, 2010
Posted on: August 25, 2010 2:39 am
 

Something’s happenin’ here

I played Fantasy Football for the first time last season and totally fell in love with it. I loved the whole thing, from designing my page and my team logo to checking the waiver wire to coming to the site daily to see what was going on and do my research. I did all of this over at NFL.com, with whom you were affiliated last season.

I went back there this season, and they've changed everything. I hate it. Unfortunately, i didn't realized just how much it had changed until i realized i couldn't even get into the draft room (even though i passed their test).

I came here to see if you all were still doing fantasy with them, and to see what it was like. Boy..am i glad i did !

Thank goodness you all haven't changed too much from last season's format. I couldn't be happier ! I get to do the fun stuff like designing my page, and also get to use an easy, user-friendly draft client.

Sometimes change isn't good, and sometimes keeping things simple is better. That's how it is in this case. Thank you for staying more or less the same as last year. It's like coming home again.

Looking forward to a great season !




Since: Aug 25, 2010
Posted on: August 25, 2010 1:12 am
 

Something’s happenin’ here

I feel the football commissioner league fees are way too expensive. This may be my last year using this site. Also, since i paid the huge fee, we shouldn't have ads all over the site!



Since: Sep 8, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2010 10:46 pm
 

Something’s happenin’ here

I'm sure you know by now the NFL is going to be your biggest competition in the Fantasy Football market.  And you are vulnerable. 
I've purchased 30 Commissioner Leagues over the last 9 years and suspect I'll join NFL FF next year.  Wanted to see them get the bugs out of their system before bolting CBSSportsline.  Why?
$150. vs. Free.  And if CBS was free, I wouldn't mind all the advertising - but it's not and I do.  Your flip-art for team logos is a decade old, tired and sad.  Lots of little things such as these make me want to try something new. 
If the reviews of NFL FF are as good as I expect them to be, I'll go.  CBS was the benchmark, now not so much.



Since: Sep 6, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2010 10:43 pm
 

Something’s happenin’ here

I don't like that you cannot access a teams message board from the team page - seems the lost logical place to put it...



Since: Aug 24, 2010
Posted on: August 24, 2010 10:40 pm
 

Something’s happenin’ here

Looks great and have been with Sportsline for Fantasy Football for over 10 years now. just 2 questions. I keep getting e-mail notices to sign up, which i already did - so assume those are just automatic - signed up or not. More importantly, we didn't get a draft kit last year. Was it in error or have they been phased out. I haven't received one this year yet either.



Since: Jun 7, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2010 10:12 pm
 

Something’s happenin’ here

How do you fing the stats on next day pitchers? Used to have a click on for probables can't find it now Thanks MM



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2010 9:31 pm
 

Something’s happenin’ here

I've been coming here a long time.  I wanted to try out the new site before I said anything.  Well, honestly, I really don't like the changes.  I wanted to, but I don't.  I'm sure it all been said already so I won't go into it, but I will say I liked the version from 2008 the best.  Clean and simple, now everything seems so cluttered.  Oh well.



Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2010 9:04 pm
 

Something’s happenin’ here

correction on my comment:
I forgot images are a part of the editor. my bad.



Since: Jul 10, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2010 8:58 pm
 

Something’s happenin’ here - Ht. & Wt. Matter

Height and Weight matter in Baseball, too - not just football.  More and more often it bothers me that these facts are Missing.



Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2010 8:53 pm
 

Something’s happenin’ here

the text editor is archaic... there are much better text editors out here. 
  1. Preview display (before you submit): doesn't always display the same formatting that gets displayed on the message board or blog...especially when there is hidden code from a copy and paste.
  2. Quoting text: Usually the text comments you add (under the quoted text) ends up inside the quote, which makes it difficult to understand what person are trying to type. It appears that the quote option doesn't add the code before and after the selected text correctly.
  3. Links: adding hyperlinks is clunky and takes forever
  4. Text size and color: You cant change the font color? It's 2010.. and the only options to change font size come from basic 1993 HTML tags. How come this isn't utilizing styles?
  5. Images: With the amount of people I can understand storing images, but there are other options to display files hosted on other websites.
Your site is one of, if not the best at one thing... the message board. There are a lot of good posters here. If it wasn't for that fact, I wouldn't come back to this site. Mainly because of how difficult it is to post using the text editor. Do yourselves a favor and take a poll of the people here and you'll find it's the message boards and perhaps the fantasy leagues and not the writing or the videos that bring people back. Your best investment would be to fix the editor. Not change the colors and the style sheet.


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