Basketball GameTracker Features
Below is a look at the most notable features of the basketball interface, including implementation instructions where needed.
The GameTracker background is customizable. It can be a media guide cover, a facility shot or an action picture, whatever would positively brand the interface. This is customizable on a game-by-game basis.
To place a background image, please take the following steps:
1. Create the image using the following specs: 911px x 566px and 75k or less.
2. Send us the image via e-mail.
This feature gives you the opportunity to provide the user textual information to complement the statistics/play-by-play. For example, John Doe of Memphis scores a basket (on a dunk). The play-by-play text would look like this:
DUNK GOOD #14 DOE, J.
It describes the action and who was involved. However, there may be much more to it than that. With that basket, Doe just became the 43rd Tiger to reach the 1,000-point plateau. The commentary feature allows you to provide the user with the full story, and greatly enhance the coverage. This component was born out of the idea to allow you to post the notes compiled throughout many events, but you are not limited to just notes.
When a new comment is added, the interface "notifies" the fans of the new entry with an animated speech balloon. If you do not enter commentary, then this feature will not appear in the interface.
To generate the "Commentary" feature, take the following steps:
1. Go to Netitor -> Modify Schedule -> Football
2. Click the GT icon next to the desired event and then select Color Cast.
3. Enter the desired information. The "Time" and "Title" fields are optional.
4. Click Add Comment.
5. Repeat steps for each entry.
Each entry will instantly appear in the "Commentary" section of the GameTracker interface, as well as the "Transcript" section of the "Color Cast" window, so you can track your posts and edit if necessary. You can edit or delete your entries by clicking on the respective links.
| Individual Stat Leaders/Team Stat Comparison|
You can upload, via Netitor, your season.xml stat file (as exported from the Stat Crew software) and that of your opponent (if available). We will take that information and automatically generate and display "Individual Stat Leaders" and a "Team Stat Comparison." If you do not upload a file for either team, then neither of these "Pregame" features will appear in the interface. If you upload only your season.xml file, then we will display your "Individual Stat Leaders" and the "Team Stat Comparison" feature will not appear in the interface.
To generate one or both of these features, take the following steps:
Export Your Season.xml File
1. Go to Stat Crew -> Season Reports
2. Click the Teams List button and select your team
3. Select Cumes -> XML output
2. Select Copy -> Copy to file and save the file in a desired location.
Obtain Your Opponent's Season.xml File (Optional)
If you are playing against a non-CBS College partner, or a CBS College partner which does not make use of this feature, you will need to request that they either send you this file or, if a CBS College partner, upload the file. If you are playing against a CBS College partner which does make use of this feature, then you do not need to do anything. Their stats will automatically appear as long as your event is "related" to their event.
1. Go to Netitor -> Modify Schedule -> Football
2. Click the GT icon next to the desired event and then select Upload Stat XML.
3. Browse for one or both files using the "Season" browse button.
4. Click Upload Files.
After uploading, the stats will instantly appear in the GameTracker interface. This is also how you will know whether or not your opponent has uploaded their season.xml file. In addition to generating the "Individual Stat Leaders" feature and, if possible, the "Team Stats Comparison" feature, we also make use of the data in the GameTracker bios and other areas.
We display the Top Performers from a automated stats analysis. In addition, we post the final score, the recap and other available postgame content (box score, notes, quotes and one or more photo galleries). The "Postgame" section is presented automatically to your fans when the game ends and when opening GameTracker after the game is over.
There are no extra steps needed. Proceed as normal when posting postgame content, by associating the content to the appropriate event.
You can now present, in its entirety if you choose, your weekly release/game notes in the GameTracker interface. A sub-section of the "Pregame" section, the "Preview" is presented automatically to your fans when opening GameTracker prior to the start of the game. It is available for the duration of the game. Additionally, we automatically present other coverage available for the game (TV, radio and/or online audio/video), any promotions entered for the game (Netitor -> Modify Schedule) and any notes and officials entered into the scoring software.
You are provided two options for presenting your weekly release/game notes in the GameTracker interface:
Option 1: When Posting the Content
1. Go to Netitor -> Publish -> Build New Page
2. Proceed as normal. Take one extra step of populating the "GameTracker Synopsis" field if you would like to craft a different synopsis for GameTracker than what would appear on your site in headline form. To access this field, click the "GameTracker Synopsis" tab to the right of the default "Headline Synopsis" field. If you do not place content into the "GameTracker Synopsis" field, then the content of the "Headline Synopsis" will be used.
3. Click Submit.
4. Select Weekly Release from the "Type" drop-down menu.
5. Select the event(s) you wish to associate the content to. Use the CTRL or Apple key to select multiple events.
6. Click Submit Information and proceed as normal through "Make Live."
The headline and synopsis text, as well as the mini version of the photo (150x250 only) used in the weekly release/game notes, will appear instantly in the "Preview" section.
Option 2: After Posting the Content
1. Go to Netitor -> Modify Schedule -> Select Your Sport
2. Click the GT logo next to the desired event and then select Event Preview.
3. Fill in the "Headline," "Synopsis" and "Photo" fields.
4. Click Submit.
The content will appear instantly in the "Preview" section.
You can present probable starters for your team and/or the opponent via Netitor. If you do not enter "Probable Starters," then this "Pregame" feature will not appear in the interface. You only need to supply the player's number, position and name (if a non-CBS partner) and we will take care of the rest. If you are playing a CBS partner, then we will add year, hometown, high school/last school, headshot and updated season stats (if available). If you are playing a non-CBS partner, and we haven't yet built bios and uploaded headshots for that school, then we will add a school logo (in place of the headshot) and updated season stats (if available). Our editorial staff will be building bios and uploading headshots for non-CBS schools through the course of the year to help you deliver a more robust product to your fans.
To generate the "Probable Starters" feature, take the following steps:
1. Go to Netitor -> Modify Schedule -> Men's/Women's Basketball
2. Click the GT logo next to the desired event and then select Probable Starters.
3. Enter the number of each probable starter for one or both teams. If Netitor can match the school and number to a bio in our database, it will automatically fill in the name. If a match cannot be made, then you must enter the name manually.
4. Enter the position of each probable starter.
5. Click Submit.
In the original GameTracker, play text and its corresponding animation were delivered at the same time. We now show the animation first and hold everything else. For example...a three-point field goal attempt...GameTracker will show the shot release and the ball head towards the basket. When the shot is taken, the fans will not know whether the shot will be good or not. We hold the play text, the score update (if good) and the stats update until the play is complete. We have moved from having users read what happened while providing an animation demonstrating the play - to allowing users to watch what is happening. This builds a sense of anticipation - not knowing the result. It creates a much more exciting and interactive experience.