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**Update from 247Sports founder and CEO 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.

    OR

    #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.

    Shannon

    Your team. All the time.

  • The Assistant Coach Recruiting Rankings will be really cool. It's cool that you all found a formula to measure that.

    @JEdwar247

  • Sounds like some great stuff is coming. We appreciate you guys!

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    @JABeek

  • +1 for all the new stuff will set you guys apart from the rest...

  • Sounds great to me guys!! I already enjoy CP247..but with the new ranking..epic!! I especially like the proposed OL skill ratings...toughness should have always been a big factor. Coming from a 6'4 325 ex-OL/DT..i love it.
    I think all 247 VIP members should be able to post on all 247 sites!! Or at least "read" the vip stuff..allowing everyone to post could start some unpleasant siutations..lol. I love visiting the Noles 247 site..such gracious fans..i hate that I cant read thier vip stuff. SO,. I vote VIP access!!
    As well..id like to have something in place that restricts the number of down vote one user can hang on another..like..1 dv to same user per week..this is abused and some people keep repeatedly down voting a single user over 1 post..(going to that users other posts and dv'n them there)

  • I like the ability to read on other boards, but to only be able to post on your "home board". This keeps the blatantly instigating posts to a minimum.

    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and it has made all the difference (Frost).

  • You all really shouldn't include Scout in the 247Composite.

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  • Thank you! Barren wasteland when it comes to football recruiting.

    Is Shannon Terry really TerryBlue? Heard that from my gf.

  • Great site. Intelligent discussion here without lots of the garbage on other sites.

  • Well, if Shannon is TerryBlue, it'll be an optimistic operation for sure! :-))

  • No doubt! biggrin Wonder where Terry is posting at now. Any clue?