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The network just received the following e-mail from CEO Shannon Terry, the man that built Rivals. We have been giving the option to share this info with the site as opposed to the normal confidentiality associated with information of this nature.
Shannon pulls back the curtain from a gameplan standpoint and technological one. Enjoy his transparency and let me know what you think ...
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.
Email: PeteKing247@gmail.com/Twitter: PeteKing247
all sounds good to me. The skills ratings will be awesome. I never understood why you couldn't read message boards of other team-sites if you are a paying member of 247sports.
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I like 3B, as long as my rate doesn't go up.
Did you hear Hoo got arrested? Thomas Jefferson would be proud!
Very impressive. I need to think on it a little more ,but right now I favor 3b
I like 3B as well.
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I kinda like 3A. To me it would be interesting to read other boards even though you couldn't respond. For you guys saying 3B, what do you see as negative in the 3A concept?
I agree 3a sounds very good to me as long as 1 really goes into play. If you can still post on other boards I would maybe say 3b but otherwise 3a sounds great
I'm guessing the reasoning is that there are some things that subscribers (non admin/reporters) would not like taken back to a rivals board. For example discussions among subscribers about the tbreds have been used against the team.
as a graduate of VT and TAMU, one of 3A and 3B would be awesome.
This post was edited by Vt2tamu 14 months ago
Sounds great. I particularly like 3A/3B
Sounds great, any way with the Crystal Ball feature to have the analysts correct prediction percentage next to their name? That will help us figure out who's predictions we should be paying attention to.
Excellent point. The non-admin gurus/insiders may not be as forthcoming with info if anyone can read their posts.
3B. Site admins expect their info to get out, as you said, there is no super secret info. But posters do not necessarily want their info to get beyond the board...at least instantaneously.
I would love to be able to go to other 247 boards and read VIP posts!! I wouldn't really want the ability to post on other boards; I can just see boards being clogged with posts from rival fans, etc.
This post was edited by JCHokie 14 months ago
I like 3b, can you imagine the LONG never ending threads that will come with everyone being able to post everywhere? I like to be able to read mods info, and then be able to discuss it here, but not everyone post everywhere. I hate that UVA trolls can come here now and post random dumb sh*t
I like 3A
Don't like 3a or 3b I came to read Hokie material and that's all I care for.
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3A...no more hiding.
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