Tuesday, December 11, 2007

New Draft GUI Launches Today

We launched the new draft interface today that we have been working on for the last month. It addresses a few minor issues that a handful of users have encountered since we launched the site. It is also a bit more intuitive and makes it a bit easier to adjust your roster to fit within the cap. Let us know what you think, or if you have any ideas to further improve the interface.

Now that we have that out of the way, I wanted to give a quick update on some of the things that we are continuing to work on. NASCAR is in the works for launch at the start of the season next year. We also have several new draft methods defined and will roll them out over time. A live draft has always been in the plans for FantasySportsLive.com, but we feel that we still do not have the critical mass for that to work properly. Unless you can form up a new Sit & Go live draft contests in about an hour max, live drafts just do not work well. We have a few competitors that only have live drafts, and we don't see them having any success with them yet. If the draft can happen at anytime when the contest fills, the contest need to fill very fast or you end up with one guy live drafting against a bunch of other players preselected draft order, and that is hardly fair to the people who registered first. That's why our cap based drafts work so well, as you can draft your team 24/7 on your own schedule.

Lastly, we have some new fantasy contest ideas, that we should be able to lock down the intellectual property on. We were not able to patent protect the basic idea of daily fantasy contests for cash, but these new ideas are so far ahead of the curve, that it should not be a problem getting the patent protection. Once we lock this stuff down, we will get these new contests developed. One of the advantages of playing on FSL is that we came up with the idea for these types of contests. We compressed the time frame to create something completely different than standard fantasy sports, and not just a compressed version of regular fantasy sports. Our competition is just copying our ideas, but have no clue about what our intentions are or what direction the site is heading. They seem to miss the entire point of our fantasy sports product, but that is fine with us. So I guess what I am saying, and I have said it before, is that we are still just scratching the surface of what this site will become. Our hand is so far from being played out. What we have coming is some pretty exciting stuff so stay tuned.

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Zeem said...

was real slow and tricky in firefox, but it ended up working ok.

Blinders said...

Interesting. In IE it seems to work about the same as before. We make server calls on each selection, because this is the most secure approach. This makes things a bit more clunky then they could be, but worth it in our opinion.