It's been a wild baseball offseason, what with Cliff Lee re-joining the Phillies, the Red Sox landing Crawford AND A-Gon, and World Series hero Brian Wilson continuing to be, well a very weird guy .
But the fun has just begun.
That's because we've had a pretty interesting offseason ourselves here at CBSSports.com Fantasy Sports. Let me explain.
While our Fantasy Baseball game has a new look--the most significant upgrade since 2003--and plenty of new functionality, I'm excited to share with you that we are now the Official Fantasy Baseball Commissioner of MLB.com.
What does that mean? It means we'll have video highlights and free access to MLB.com GameDay Premium for all of our Commissioner users at no additional cost. (MLB.com GameDay Premium regularly costs $19.95 per person, or around $240 for your entire league.) That’s pretty amazing.
There's more, much more, detailed below. But first I wanted to let you know that you’re welcome to discuss the upgrades with other customers by posting a message below. Or you can contact the CBSSports.com Fantasy Sports team with general feedback through the Help Center . If you’re currently in a Fantasy Baseball Commissioner league, please contact us through the Help link inside your league.
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Free MLB.com GameDay Premium, Real Time Video Highlights, and More Highlights
CBSSports.com Fantasy Baseball Commissioner customers will get free access to MLB.com GameDay Premium through their league.
- You’ll get home and away audio feeds of all 2,430 MLB games with no blackouts, real-time highlights, pitcher ratings, pitch by pitch, live box scores and more. Again, there is no additional cost for this service. It usually costs $19.95 per person or as much as $240 for your entire league.
- In addition, you’ll get real-time video highlights for all the players on your fantasy roster. These will be accessible via your Roster page and Fantasy GameTracker.
- Each day a compilation of player highlights will be updated on the player pages throughout CBSSports.com Fantasy Baseball Commissioner.
(Note that you won't see MLB.com GameDay Premium and the video enhancements in the product yet as they launch closer to the start of the season--when live audio and video are available from MLB games.)
New Commish Tools in CBSSports.com Fantasy Baseball Commissioner
In a nutshell, we’re trying to make the commish's job easier. We do it in 2011 by …
- Simplifying league set-up, enabling you to take advantage of the entire range of customizations available from CBSSports.com in a completely new, easy step-by-step process.
- Providing you with a single, easy-to-read view of all of your league settings.
- Enhancing how you manage teams, owners, and your league’s draft.
Upgraded Experience for All Team Owners
Following design changes to CBSSports.com in 2010, we overhauled the interface of Fantasy Baseball to improve usability, freshen up the design, and basically just make the experience more fun.
- Your Roster page now offers both “drag and drop” and “click and move” (click on the player you want to sit and then click on the player you want to activate) to set your line-up.
- We also consolidated more information on the roster page in a tabbed format--with key information such as roster trends, player news and analysis, stats, and projections in one place--so you have everything readily accessible to make informed decisions about whom to start and sit.
- There’s a roster view on the Add/Drop page so that it’s easier than ever to make decisions about your lineup and to take action.
- Filters on the Stats page have been updated to make it easier than ever to build powerful reports and find free agents.
- All draft information and tools have been moved to a new centralized area, “Draft Central.”
Enhancements to Mobile Fantasy Baseball Products
You always get free access to all of your CBSSports.com Fantasy Baseball leagues on your phone, and we made a lot of improvements for 2011.
- A new free CBS Sports Android app is launching soon and will complement what we already have available for fantasy baseball customers via the free CBS Sports iPhone App and CBS Sports Mobile Web site.
- We’re now offering all types of Add/Drop functionality on your handset, including waiver and FAAB auction free agency and full support for more league types, including Rotisserie, Head-to-Head, and Head-to-Head Category scoring systems.
- League message board reading and writing will be available…you won’t have to wait to get back to your laptop to respond to your commish’s complaints about league fees.
(Note that all the mobile enhancements are not live yet, but launching well before the season begins.)
Want to learn more? Just sign-up and start playing now to check out the enhancements to Fantasy Baseball.
If you're interested in our press release, you can read it here .These are just a few of many changes coming to CBSSports.com Fantasy Sports in 2011. I’m looking forward to sharing more with you about how we’re making, as I like to say, "the best even better," as the year goes on.
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