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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.
Your team. All the time.
The message board changes sound entirely genius. Pure thought leadership there, and whoever engineered the idea should be commended.
"When we step on that football field, everyone flips a switch. And it's on..." - Butch Jones
Great update. On the fundamental changes, I like the 3b idea. Part of what I like and others I've read that have "switch", is, in general, posters are pretty classy. Preserving that aspect of it is pretty important in my opinion.
This all sounds great! Keep up the good work!
Products that are great have gotten that way only because the people who produce them keep working to make them greater. Very interesting stuff! +100
IMO, #3a should be a fixed part of the network. I like to go to from forum to forum gathering news. Its also nice to gauge a fanbases reaction to a topic (i.e coach firing, big loss etc.)
The ideas all sound great! Keep up the good work.
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Would you still be able to post on other team boards? While this leads to a lot of hassles, it's also a nice way to interact with other teams fans and get a feel for what they think about a question you have.
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Will there be any plans to expand to more teams to come on board and did I read this right? You can only Post on the Board you are subscribed to?
You can post on other boards that are "open," but some boards allow only VIP members to post there. Each site is different. This board is one of the many "open" ones throughout the network, so free members and VIP members from other boards are allowed to post here.
Awesome! Im waiting on the text messages personally. I log onto this page btw 20 -30 times a day looking for news. Hopefully that will cut back to 10-20 times a day. Ha Great work guys. GBO
I like the 3B plan
VOLBLOOD1980........hahahaha You need to see if 247VOLS is hiring..lol
On the player skills rankings...
I would love to see a number generated with it, that ties to the formula to their overall 247 ranking. Kind of like NCAA or Madden does for their players.
Is that too crazy??
I like the 3a plan. I think it's a great idea for to be able to read post from all the other sites.
Agree with ol dad. Like 3 a
gets worser,,sorry to break the bad news i check in or stayed sign in allday ,when im home
my wife says you and that tenn board .i just tell her i could do be doing worser stuff with my time.
she's just got to deal with it ..got keep up with my vols..everything
3b would be fantastic. I can't count the number of times I've wanted to read a post from a staff member on another site about a UT target.
247sports is killing it. Keep it up guys.
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