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: Aug 24, 2010
Posted on: August 24, 2010 3:57 pm
 

Something’s happenin’ here

Quick ? Id like to join the winners football league,but cant find  any info on how its ran? when is the live draft? is it a live draft  anyone?  Thank You



Since: Aug 24, 2010
Posted on: August 24, 2010 3:46 pm
 

Something’s happenin’ here

I like the new look and feel of the site.  One thing that I wish you would bring back was a feature that you used to have on the player pages where you could instantly compare and contrast the player's stats with another player's stats.  I haven't seen it in a couple of years and found it really handy when considering add/drop transactions.  Please bring it back!  Other than that, great job.



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2010 3:31 pm
 

Something’s happenin’ here

this new format is terrible. I have been on this site for years, playing fantasy football, golf etc, march madness pool, and have referred a lot of friends to this site. I am sad to say that the new format is awful. You ask for comments, but do not address them. Maybe you got fired for doing a terrible job on this new launch, and if you didn't, you should. One of the best part's of this site was the message boards, the same boards that are blank now. HOW THE HECK do you fix this? Blogs work fine, message boards not at all. PLEASE RESPOND



Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2010 2:07 pm
 

Something’s happenin’ here

Bring back the old commenting system!  One thread on each story is not enough and doesn't allow you to focus comments.  I loved commenting and debating on this site before...it is what made it better than all of the other sport sites.  You could create your own topic and comment on specific ones.  This new system stinks.  Other then that the site is great.



Since: Oct 29, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2010 1:50 pm
 

Something’s happenin’ here

I just want this to hit 100 cause that'd be pretty gosh darn impressive lol (I'd swear there, but i've seen some of the other posts that have been deleted and i don't want to try my luck)

Honestly, I don't even remember what the old site looked like... and its only been a week.... I must spend way to much time on here lol



Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2010 1:19 pm
 

Something’s happenin’ here

Patrick Terde




Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2010 12:02 pm
 

Something’s happenin’ here

Vinny, no offense to you at all but I don't know what you are reading cause I have seem maybe 1 of the 92+ pages that would be considered positive responses to these changes.



Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2010 11:55 am
 

Something’s happenin’ here

i like the old site better. I was used to it. Also, at work, i can't download internet explorer 8 because a database that i use doesn't work with IE 8, only IE7. This makes it difficult to come on sites like this and see everything the way it should be seen.

As an alternative, i use mozilla since i am able to have the most current updates from mozilla. This is okay, but i do like IE better. I guess i'm just the type of person that takes a while to get used to change, because  while reading other comments most people are in favor of the new site. Oh well, i'll get used to it - or go to another site.




Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2010 11:52 am
 

Something’s happenin’ here

Approaching 100 pages and still hot garbage. Herde nowhere to be found for a week now. So for every "I like" comment, there are 10+ hate comments. 100 pages of complaints in a week? Is that a good thing CBS. I really could care about look and feel. To me where you dropped the ball is alienating all the IE6 customers you have out there that can no longer access this place. That was one of the dumbest moves I have seen a site make ever. And on top of it. You gave 0 warning.


WHERE ARE YOU HERDE?




Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2010 11:18 am
 

Something’s happenin’ here

So far I do NOT like the so-called "upgrades".  "My Scores" only shows the MN Twins score.  And it's cramped into a tiny box so you can't see it very good.  I have many teams that I have selected to "follow" but only the Twins are showing.  PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!

VERY DISAPPOINTED so far.  You used to have the best website.  But if it continues I may have to switch to ESPN.com  or Foxsports.com or cnnsi.com.

Thanks (in advance) for fixing these bugs.


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