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You want this job: preditor

Posted on: August 16, 2011 3:51 pm
Edited on: August 16, 2011 5:15 pm

Position: preditor (production editor) for hockey and golf
Where: Fort Lauderdale
Salary: Good
Good ones

Job description: See this blog I'm writing in. It kinda sucks as far as blogs go, right? Not because my posts suck (well, they are kinda lame). But the blog platform itself is pretty weak. If you agree you're off to a good start. I'm looking for somebody who doesn't just recognize that but can help come up with ways to make it better.

That's what this job is. We're like BASF. My team doesn't make the content, we make the content better. Sure you may write an occasional thing here or there, but the goal is to formulate and execute a badass strategy to grow audience. Read: get more people to the site and give 'em reason to stay longer. And as far as this job goes, we're talking hockey and golf. And we're not talking thousands of users and minutes. We're talking millions. Big numbers. 'Cause big numbers are fun to try and attain.

How will you get there? That's the plan I'm looking for you to come up with. But it'll involve search, social and list-building tactics. It'll involve working with our writers, bloggers and TV people. It'll involve working with our development team. But mostly it will involve creativity and thoughtfulness. Can you come up with answers to the problems fans have?

The job is in Fort Lauderdale. I need you in the building. That way we can talk face to face. And drink beer together during Thirsty Thursdays in the cafeteria.

So if you get the web, love sports (I'm watching some day baseball from my cube as I type this), like being in a challenging environment and can't stand when websites aren't engaging and don't make sense you should email and tell me why you’re right for the position. You may not get a response. It's not personal.

- Eric Kay, assistant managing editor
On Twitter: @ekaycbssports 
Category: D.C.

Since: Dec 28, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2012 1:22 pm

You want this job: preditor

I have a beef with cbs sports Fantasy football Commissioner league. Let me say first that I love CBS fantasy football. I have been the commissioner of a 12 man fantasy football league here on CBS for the last 6 years which I pay $150 a year for their service. But this year the league is completely overloaded with ads from head to toe of the home page. I understand CBS is a corporate business and they are alway looking to create revenue and make sure their bottom line is healthy, but should their paying customers have to suffer from their complete greediness? I pay $150 a year for a fantasy home page that looks like progressive insurance sponsored my fantasy league. There is an ad at the top of the page, there are ads on both sides of the page and an ad in the middle of the home page. Thats 4 ads completely covering the whole site it is ridiculous! What is stopping me from going to Yahoo which is FREE and has less ads than cbs by far and did I say Its free. Cbs you have to ask yourself is alienating your paying customers by shoving randoms ads down our throats worth it. For me its not and I'm really considering moving to Yahoo which has ads but not to the extreme like this site.
My solution is to have 2 ads on a homepage thats it or none at all especially in a commissioner league which you can customize everything but you can't customize the annoying ads. I've had it CBS and I hope you come to your senses but im sure its hard to do you when can't see over the stacks of money.

Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: April 28, 2012 8:13 pm

You want this job: preditor

I think the site needs an extra tab for soccer as many of the people are soccer fans (especially as MLS/ European leagues are popular with the many, US Aussie adn British readers on this site).

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 10:01 pm

You want this job: preditor

if its not a full time gig, have a person in Tampa for you to consider. email me if interested

Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: August 22, 2011 3:40 pm

You want this job: preditor

No sex with old ladies for money or bear traps?

Well my friend, you are now ineligible to go to be a Hurricane.

Since: Sep 5, 2007
Posted on: August 22, 2011 10:28 am

You want this job: preditor

Eric - one thing I do think needs to do is add another voice or two to your golf commentary. While he can be a bit caustic at times, I do like Steve Elling - he has a way of sparking thought even if the topic isn't super interesting. But there needs to be another voice. Now, you don't need 15 writers or whatever has - that's overkill. But you could use at least one more to balance Elling a bit.

Also, not sure why nobody has done this yet coverage-wise, but a lot of real golf fans enjoy following players from their states or their cities. If there were some way to customize this or add some additional features somehow pertaining to this, I think fans would like it. (For example, I'm always looking for news/highlights/updates on Stricker, Jerry Kelly and Mark Wilson - being from Wisconsin).

If you ever did want another voice for golf, I'd be happy to provide it. I am a quality golfer myself, I follow the PGA Tour religiously and I enjoy writing (I've written about the NFL for the last few years.)

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2011 8:30 am

You want this job: preditor

@TwistedMoFo -- Not seeing what you're seeing. We have . Shoot me the link you're referring to.

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2011 8:27 am

You want this job: preditor

This is interesting. Maybe I'll just forget about the job opening and just keep saying I have a job opening in order to solicit this site feedback. Seriously, good stuff. 

I'm getting some great resumes to all who have applied so far. Thanks for your interest and I'll be reaching out to people shortly.

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2011 8:24 am

You want this job: preditor

TSN.CA kills you with updates on who is going where
Yeah....100%.  Also, the team pages are ALWAYS not up to date.  I dont even have to look and Im sure Havlat is still starting for the Wild according to the team page.

Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2011 5:04 pm

You want this job: preditor

Seems like a cool job, I thought it said predictor at first. 

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2011 3:55 pm

You want this job: preditor

Well, since I have no intention of leaving my current job, and don't live anywhere near Ft. Lauderdale I'll forego the resume and instead opt for free advice.  Instead of repackaging content the site should work more towards customer satisfaction.  For golf/hockey you should provide quick updates (trade deadline day is almost a national holiday in Canada, and a huge draw in parts of the US.  TSN.CA kills you with updates on who is going where) and better highlights/recaps (this means video - not video of people talking about sports, but video of the sports themselves.  If you look at the message boards people are forced to go to youtube for links to plays they are talking about....not exactly the type of thing you want your visiters to be doing, leaving your site to get their sports information). 

Second, while some areas of the site's overall functionality have improved, there is still much room to get better.  If you plan on having millions of visitors, have the capabilty to handle millions of visitors.  This means cross-platform capability and testing, along with easier access through emerging mediums.

Finally play to your strengths.  The community is what sets apart from so many other sports sites.  People come there to talk about sports, not just read about them.  These interactive blogs and message boards are what keeps this site so popular.  Do not make them harder to use or restrict features (like favorites) unless necessary to prevent gross misuse.

p.s. I lied about the advice being free.  You owe me  $350 in consultation fees.Money mouth

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