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From Shannon Terry:
Since we have all eyes on us right now, it’s probably a good idea to go over some of our production plans for the next few months.
First, I want to continue to reiterate that we are in the final stage of releasing the last piece of our infrastructure rewrite. We are about 80% complete and will spend the next 2-3 months finishing this build so that we can move forward with our production plans that should form the basis of our platform for the next decade.
Once this final piece has been completed, we can easily roll out new products such as feeds, mobile apps and a few "Area 51" type products that will revolutionize our industry this year. The last piece of the infrastructure rewrite consists of message boards and will be the most complicated and time consuming. However, our engineers are highly motivated to complete this project so that we can take our next steps as a company.
During the next 2-3 months -- as we complete the board/infrastructure project -- it is our intentions/hopes to roll out a few smaller consumer-based projects. We have a long list of small adjustments to current products and a few smaller releases.
Following are a few "wins" we hope to release over the next few months.
*** Assistant Coach Recruiting Ranking: We are going to create a computer-generated Assistant Coach Recruiting Ranking tied to the Gaussian Distribution formula and the #247Composite ranking. Let the data determine who the nation’s top recruiter is for each class. Users will be able to keep up with coach rankings live with each commitment throughout the year.
*** Basketball Recruiting Ranking: Just like football recruiting, 247Sports will soon launch a computer-generated basketball recruiting ranking tied to the Gaussian Distribution formula. Will have versions for 247Sports rankings and the 247Composite. We can adjust the standard deviation to account for smaller class sizes.
*** Crystal Ball: 247Sports takes pride in building and managing the very best recruiting Player Database. We are taking it up a notch by launching a “Crystal Ball” section on the player page. The entire 247Sports recruiting staff (both national and team site reporters) will have the ability to predict where a recruit is going to sign. Users will be able to easily see predictions for each player as well as all predictions made by a specific recruiting analyst. The Crystal Ball will also give percentages and dates for each prediction. We will ultimately expand this project to allow other analysts in the industry to make predictions as well as 247Sports users.
*** Skill Ratings: We are adding a skills meter to each player profile in the 247Sports player database. Instead of using generic skills, such as size, speed, strength, etc, we have created skill categories based on the actual position. For example, for offensive lineman some of the skills rated would be (1) pass blocking, (2) run blocking, (3) size, (4) toughness, etc. ... just trying to be a little more detailed and thorough.
It is important to note that these upcoming releases are just the start. For the past two years, we have spent the bulk of our time and resources just getting off the ground and positioning the company to compete in the sports media space.
We are a customer-driven company and believe in people and technology. We are about to take a significant step forward in the development of products and services that we believe will shape our industry for the next decade. We appreciate your support and are extremely motivated to give you an unmatched product.
I would like to leave you with one last thought.
We have been discussing internally over the past 30-60 days the idea of changing the message board setup across the 247Sports network.
Here’s what we are considering:
#1. Users must be members of a "home site" to post on a message board. This is the way it is setup now for most sites in the network. (for example, only a Ohio State fan could post on the Ohio State site – Bucknuts).
#2. Users still have the option to check whether their posts are VIP or free. This is also the way it is setup currently. It gives our staff reporters and admins the flexibility to determine if content is free or premium (VIP).
Here’s the fundamental change:
#3A. All members of the 247Sports network can read VIP posts from ALL message boards (if they are a member to any site). Obviously, this is a major change from the current setup. It is the number one request we frequently receive regarding new products. It is common for users to take a free-trial for an opposing school to get the latest on a recruit or a rival school, so it is not uncommon for members of the network to visit/read multiple boards on the site. In reality, there’s no real “hidden” information or “super secret” inside scoop that is only shared among a fanbase.
#3B. Another variation of #3A would be to allow ALL members of the 247Sports network to read VIP posts (if they are a member) on all message boards from all admins/site reporters (only). This would give all subscribers to the network the ability to read all message board posts from 247Sports team site and 247Sports national reporters, but users would have to be a member of a specific site to read the posts from the various users on that specific message board. This idea is along the same concept, but slightly different. 247Sports is very team-based and most all of our staff reporters work in conjunction to bring users news and updates. So, to allow all VIP members to read all of the team site message boards would not alienate any of our team site reporters and publishers -- as they almost always work together.
To me the value of being able to read all of the boards in the 247Sports network is a huge Plus to the customer.
Our goal from the start is NOT to build a Rivals.com 2.0, but build something broader with more value to the consumer.
We have been researching this possibility and will continue to do so with our closest advisors over the next few weeks. Right now, we are heavily leaning in that direction.
Thanks for your attention and hope everyone has a wonderful National Signing Day.
Wow, so many of those are awesome awesome things. This is really exciting.
1. The recruiter rankings sounds sweet, it'll be interesting to see which coaches are stepping up.
2. The Crystal Ball will be a really useful tool if it's as I picture it (on the player profiles, we can see where the analysts think they'll end up)
3. A more detailed scouting report is something that I've been looking for for a while, so that's cool too.
4. No more Bucknut trolls! we can still have a lot of good debate with other teams on the national board, so that'll be nice.
+1 for this, I'd do more if I could
Although I will miss posters like psubills and dkerns and some of the respectful posters from other teams.
It would be cool if posters could get mod approval to post on other teams boards. That way you could review a poster's posting history and determine if they actually want a discussion, or are just attempting to troll.
I can send them an email on that. I think that's a good idea.
To be honest, constructive discussion between fan bases can be one of the more enjoyable parts of talking about sports in general. It builds traffic and makes the board more visible as well.
But it's a strict binary. If discussion between fan bases is not to share your point of view as an opponent and generate constructive discussion, it's automatically trolling/hatred. There is no middle ground. More often than not it's the latter. That is why we should have a Michigan-user only board such as Bucknuts, and an alternate board for all the trolls to troll/us to semi-ignore. CMXI is right when he mentioned in GBOD; there are far too many Bucknuts raiding this board as of late. I find myself disliking 90% of their posts, so I wouldn't mind excluding them altogether.
so you're saying we can't troll RCMB anymore. FML! where am I going to get my entertainment from now?
Sweet, nice to see Shannon did listen to users who PM'ed ideas for new features. Although I can't claim credit for this one because it's pretty basic and could've been in the works for years, it is almost exactly what I suggested when Shannon was asking on tBB for ideas.
I'm not a fan of 3A nor 3B. As for 3A, what's the point of VIP if all other fanbases can read it? All info will get traded, VIP membership will go down. Regarding 3B, if an analyst wants his opinion visible to other fanbases then he should be more proactive about putting that info on other interested boards. If the 247 staff if fine with the arrangement in 3B, then so be it.
All of the other releases sound awesome! Good job 247.
#4 ... no more Kurelic and Helwagen???
Go Blue & Gig Em'!
I like proposals 1 and 2 though.
Also, elmn12 had a great idea with mod approval for certain posters. There are definitely good posters who wander over here and I wouldn't want to get rid of them. (dukeluke and psubills come to mind).
This post was edited by CMXI 17 months ago
I would love to take credit, but that was elmn12
Ah, my bad, I saw that he quoted you and just associated the name with the post. Credit where credit's due.
I'm going to miss this place..
Agreed, I like VIP being site specific. Maybe have something where VIP for an additional site costs less, or have VIP sitewide cost more.
I like the skill ratings & crystal ball ideas.
I really want to see the Bucknut writers' crystal ball ideas. There will be some amazing predictions, no doubt.
Yeah I don't agree with shutting out other fanbases. I really like most of our visitors.
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