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With Signing Day tomorrow, here's a note from 247Sports CEO Shannon Terry regarding our product plan for the next few months. There's also a section where we would appreciate feedback on an idea we had.
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.
247Sports Network Manager - email@example.com - Twitter (pt247)
+infinity to idea 3A.
And the only way I support #1 is with the addition of #3A. I think if #3A comes to fruition, there needs to be two main message boards nationally, a board like tBB is now and one that can be used to talk football solely due to the restriction of posting on other sites.
3A would be AWESOME.
Thank god for that.
JMO, but 3B is the best.
3b 4 me.... I post stuff VIP to keep the trolls away
“If you remember me, then I don't care if everyone else forgets.” ― Haruki Murakami
This. I've seen many instances (including from PSU fans) where they copy and paste stuff that people post on other sites. I like to keep things VIP so that comments are private. Though I certainly understand why people want to be able to read all VIP posts, I think 3B is the best.
One thing I always thought would be interesting would be a way to make a mock class (like a drag and drop a recruit into your class) to see how rankings would change if you add X, Y and Z players to your class. People love rankings and want to know where they'll end up. I think people would play around with that for hours and hours.
I prefer 3B as well.
I like 3B - agree with the points made by Ejb and Bills. I also think it would reduce the chicken little syndrome....ie posters reading comments by a poster (for whom they have no knowledge of their credibility) about a recruit and coming back here with another thread. JMO.
This post was edited by PSUfaninOnt 17 months ago
Please god no ill fail out of college
Agreed. 3B would be best to avoid other fan bases ruining discussions by trolling.
Count me in the 3b camp as well.
3b for me also. I would love to read the updates on prospects from Admins/staff reports, but I don't like the idea of others being able to read member's posts. I also agree with FaninOnt points.
JMO, I think 3a will lead to a lot of flamming and trolling.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Lion_in_CBus 17 months ago
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I like 3B personally, I would like to see the trolling at a minimum.
Anyhow, looks like some pretty cool changes ahead. Keep up the great work guys!
Didn't think abou this, but 3B would allow people to read the S-Zone and what not. Interesting.
I would like to propose a 3C where we could see everybody elses VIP content while ours is exclusive to our VIP users. ;-)
This post was edited by Jfelt 17 months ago
That's a damn good idea shav.
I also like 3B. Nice to keep some stuff hidden, but I do want to read the goodies that some analysts drop off in threads.
This post was edited by PSU17 17 months ago
definitely 3B. I like to VIP topics about other schools to minimize trolling and piss matches.
I wouldn't think b/c it would be a VIP post, but you'd be able to read articles from other sites, at least I think.
I believe the possible scenarios would allow VIP's of one site to read VIPs from admins of another site. So OSU VIP's would be able to read S-zone, but not regular OSU fans. Also, according to 3B, OSU VIP's would be able to read Sean's S-Zone, but not our VIP replies.
Did I get that correct?
3B - VIPs from other sites would be able to read the S Zone, but not any VIP posts from users.
3A- VIPs from other sites would be able to read all VIP posts on this board, but they wouldn't be able to post.
October 12, 2013. PSU 43 - UM 40 (4 OT). Unfortunately this fan wasn't around long enough to see it!
Thanks for the update Pat, sounds like some exciting changes coming.
Sorry if i'm just being dense, but are outside posters able to post on other teams' boards in option 3B?
I know that it's covered in #1, just curious since it's mentioned specifically in 3A and not B.
I think I'd vote 3B regardless.
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