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If we had access to every 24/7 site for the week leading up to signing day. Wouldn't have to be able to post but just to see what all the other sites are saying. Would really make things fun.
You must have my office wired.
To make a long story short, we have been discussing internally over the past 30-60 days the idea of altering the board setup to as follows:
#1. Users have to be a members of a "home site" to post on a message board (the way it is setup now, so that only Alabama fans can post on the Alabama site).
#2. Users still have the option to check whether their post is VIP or free (the way it is setup now ... gives our admins the flexibility to determine if content is premium or free.
#3. All members of the 247Sports network can read the VIP posts from ALL message boards. (obviously, this is the major change from the current setup. In reality, users from rival schools can signup or fake a free trial to read a board, so there's no real "hidden" information.
To me the value of being able to read all of the boards in the 247Sports network is a huge Plus to the customer. My mother is an Alabama fan, but spends as much time reading the Tennessee and Auburn message boards as BamaOnLine. I know a few users would be pissed with this change, thinking their content is really for their school's fans only, but the reality of the situation is far from that fact.
My goal from the start is NOT to build a Rivals.com 2.0, but build something broader and better. I love the idea of continuing to add value to the customer. By the way ... there would be zero ($0) costs added to view all of these boards. Just part of the offer.
I have been researching this possibility and will continue to do so with our closest advisors over the next few weeks. Right now, I am heavily leaning in that direction. However, make no mistake I will never turn the boards over so that all fans can posts on any board. That would greatly devalue the conversation of the boards. We can setup new boards to try to reach that market.
This post was edited by Lucky 14 months ago
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i love it!
It will not be extra cost.
There will be users that complain. "I don't want Auburn fans reading my posts .." and vice versa. But the trade off is that a user would get to read so much more information. Key for when teams play each other or users want to find out other recruiting tidbits.
that is actually a concept that i have not thought of ... interesting
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