April 02, 2015

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 3 comments

Is it me or has espn.com's redesign completely suppressed the city sites? I can still go to the Boston site, but all the links dump you into the general coverage for that sport and the city sites are no longer called out anywhere in the navigation. Not only that, but the redesign in no way made the tablet/ mobile experience any better, it just added more of those stupid "2367 Most Beautiful Rollerhockey Atheltes" ads between the infinite scroll of articles.

posted by yerfatma at 03:53 PM on April 02, 2015

All I can say for sure is that it's made the TrueHoop pretty much unreadable and I'm therefore about 99.5% done with ESPN as an entity entirely (not counting Grantland).

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:02 PM on April 02, 2015

I kind of hate it, but since I don't live somewhere covered by the city sites, I don't really care about that aspect. Given the timing of the rollout, I was hoping it was an April Fools joke, but it's still around. The mobile site is completely worthless now. It's almost (well, not really "almost", more like "completely") like they just want you to be confused and click all over the place instead of being able to get to exactly what you want or know immediately that a certain story is not something you're terribly interested in, because they've removed any notion of associativity between items that are grouped together. Right now, the big story on the front page is an updated draft board, with a big picture and the draft stories under the picture on the left. Under the picture on the right are a bunch of headlines that have absolutely nothing to do with anything else in that box - these all used to be conveniently located in the upper right corner. It's just a big mish mash of gobbledygook all over the place and I barely feel like sorting through it all. I think they're trying to get me to click on things I wouldn't normally be interested in looking at, but it's going to have the totally opposite effect just because of the lack of any hierarchy.

posted by LionIndex at 07:38 PM on April 02, 2015

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