In May 5th’s CoSIDA newsletter, StatCrew addressed questions from members of the CoSIDA organization relating to its new product line and impact on how schools run stats for their events. For those of you who have not seen it and are interested in getting the information direct from the horse’s mouth, the full article is available at http://cosida.com/news.aspx?id=3215
In an effort to communicate with our partners and also better explain some of the more technical aspects of StatCrew’s response, I am providing answers to the following five questions regarding the immediate impact new StatCrew software will have on your stats and your ability to use StatBroadcast’s services.
- Will the stat monitors and/or live stats provided by StatBroadcast still work? What is the immediate impact for the 2011-2012 season?
- Should we/will we need to upgrade Stat Crew for the 2011-2012 season?
- I don’t understand what the new StatCrew “cloud”. How is it going to be different from what StatBroadcast provides?
- What are the potential advantages you see for StatBroadcast arising from this new version of StatCrew?
- Will I still need StatBroadcast’s services once the full roll-out of Next Generation StatCrew is complete?
Will the stat monitors and/or live stats provided by StatBroadcast still work? What is the immediate impact for the 2011-2012 season?
In one word: YES.
According to Stat Crew’s press release: “The Xml data format will not change with next generation software. We will have more detail about how the third party organization will access the Xml feed at a later time.
What this means in normal person terms is that all of our current technologies will continue to function normally as they currently do, regardless of whether a school has upgraded to the Next Generation or is still using the legacy version of their software. To reiterate, your stat monitors and live stats provided by StatBroadcast will continue to work as before.
In terms of information on how third-party organizations (such as StatBroadcast) can access your XML feed, until more information becomes available as to how to access the data from the cloud and how fast it will be, we recommend continuing to run our StatBroadcast Broadcastr software concurrently with the new StatCloud software that will be released this June. This is the only way we can guarantee that stat monitors and media stats sites will continue to function in real-time, until we can reliably determine how fast stats will be delivered from the StatCloud to their destinations. As always with our software, this should have no impact on your ability to input stats.
Since all of you already currently use our Mission Control/Broadcastr software to power our services, there will be little changed in terms of setup for the 2011-2012 seasons.
Some of you will not get to make that determination based on the fact that your conference is in charge of purchasing your software. However, since the old version will still be updated and available this summer, here are our recommendations for the following sports:
2011 Football Season
“The football beta will be available at the end of July.” As both your stats services provider and a long-time software programmer, I am always weary of depending on software that has an uncertain release date and is put out in an unfinished form (i.e. BETA release).
At this time, StatBroadcast strongly discourages any schools or events from upgrading to the beta release for Football for the 2011 season.
Beta software is what it is—it is a preliminary version of software that has not been fully tested by the developer yet and has not been certified for release; it is not guaranteed to be bug-free and may crash without warning. For a mission-critical application such as in-game stats, I must recommend that schools wait to upgrade football until StatCrew releases a fully-qualified release version of their software. This opinion also applies to the Olympic sports upgrades as well (such as baseball which will release its beta mid-way through the 2012 season).
2011-2012 Basketball Season
According to the information released, it sounds as if Stat Crew’s first priority is the completion of its Next Generation Basketball software, which will be available (in its final release version) starting in June. If it’s on schedule and it is a completed release (read: not a beta or pre-release candidate verson), we don’t currently see issues for those schools who want to upgrade this year. Once released, we will work as hard as we can to make sure that our system for receiving your XML stats file (our Broadcastr software) is still compatible with the new software so that you are able to continue using our services to their full capabilities.
I don’t understand what the new StatCrew “cloud”. How is it going to be different from what StatBroadcast provides?
Foreword: for those who are still unclear on this, the computing term “cloud” simply means that software is installed on a remote server rather than your actual laptop or desktop computer. Although the term “cloud” is the newest buzzword, many of you are already familiar with “cloud-like” applications, such as CSTV’s Netitor (which many of you use to your website), the NCAA’S XML Game Participation Submission website and our own StatBroadcast Live and StatMonitr web applications.
From my understanding of the information furnished by StatCrew, the cloud services that StatCrew will be offering will serve two primary functions:
(i) Schools will be able to share, access and load directly into StatCrew files before, during and after events to aid in the transfer of information between different SID offices. This includes:
- Schedules (which currently have to be inputted by hand into StatCrew)
- roster files (known currently as BRO, .FRO, etc) and duplicate number listts
- game pack files (known as FPK, BPK, etc.)
(ii) Secondly, schools will use StatCloud instead of TASFTP to send their live stats XML to the StatCrew server. The StatCrew server will then dish out your file to where it needs to go.
Please note, while its not completely clear in the information it release, my understanding is this: while the StatCrew StatCloud will deliver live stats to your live stats servers, StatCrew will still not deliver or display live stats in a human-readable format for your fans or media.
To repeat what I stated earlier, at this point until we can reliably determine how long the transfer will take to go from your laptop TO StatCrew Cloud TO the StatBroadcast cloud, we recommend continuing to run our StatBroadcast Broadcastr software concurrently with the new StatCloud software.
One of the other things you will be at the mercy of is the performance and reliability of the StatCrew StatCloud server. As some of you may experienced a few weeks ago with the crash of Amazon’s cloud and the subsequent downtime for Twitter and other social media, you will be giving much of the control and responsibility for delivering your stats to a third-party. This is specifically why the StatBroadcastr application sends directly to your additional websites without using a go-between. Despite the security of our 99.9% guaranteed uptime, if there were to be seven separate extreme calamities or natural disaster simultaneously at the seven datacenters spread worldwide that are responsible for serving StatBroadcast’s clouds, it would still not impact your ability to continue to send stat feeds to ESPN, CBS, NeuLion, etc. I can’t speak on behalf of StatCrew at this time to say whether or not they have the same amount of redundancy built in for the StatCloud.
What are the potential advantages you see for StatBroadcast arising from this new version of StatCrew?
Offhand, here are several of the things I am excited about exploring further:
- StatCloud FTP services
For one thing, it appears that StatCrew has followed our lead and implemented this new system which will make it easier and more automatic to configure sending live stats to multiple locations. This will reduce the need for our multi-port StatBroadcastr application (which means it can be used solely to send stats to your monitors) and, depending on speed and reliability, may replace the need to run a separate StatBroadcastr application. Personally, I would welcome that, as we’d much rather natively integrate into the StatCrew software suite.
- StatCloud XML
Once the StatCloud XML delivery service is deployed to its full capacity, it sounds like it gives us the potential to do a few different things, including
- For those of you using us for StatBroadcast Live Stats, we will potentially be able to start feeding 100% (home, away and neutral) of your events through your StatBroadcast Web interface
- The potential also exists for more detailed stat information and more advanced calculations to be made. While we’re already striving to implement more advanced features, such as trending stats in Basketball, a tighter integration with StatCrew opens the possibility for more stat categories as well as (if it was even possible) even faster updating stats.
- Windows 7 Support
Many of our partner schools have asked about upgrading to Windows 7 and previously it was not an option because of StatCrew’s incompatibly. This will allow you to upgrade to Windows 7 and continue to use StatCrew in an operating system that is very reliable and secure.
Will I still need StatBroadcast’s services once the full roll-out of Next Generation StatCrew is complete?
It doesn’t appear that the new StatCrew will replace the functions that StatBroadcast currently serves for your media relations department, including stat monitors, real-time web stats for media and live stats, but until each of you has had a chance to fully explore the new software and all of its capabilities, we can’t say for sure. At any time, even with the current software, schools must determine that for themselves based on what their organizational needs are.
What I can tell you with absolute certainty is this: StatBroadcast will continue to stand by its 100% Satisfaction Money-Back Guarantee. If for any reason you are dissatisfied with our services, let us know and we will work to rectify it and make you whole.
I am so proud of our software and our ability to continue to serve your needs, that, as always, I make the following guarantee:If at any time during your contract term you determine that you no longer need or want StatBroadcast’s services, we will gladly pro-rate and refund any remaining credit on your account.
And as always, we will continue to work tirelessly to continue to constantly upgrade and improve our software so that it continues to serve the needs of your school or event.
Please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us if you have any questions, comments or concerns relating to either the new Stat Crew release or our services in general. I am always happy to hear from each of you and respond to your comments and questions. I also enjoy and appreciate receiving your suggestions for how to improve our software.
StatBroadcast has deployed a new fix to its mobile stats web application which addresses an issue the newest Android operating system was having accessing the menu of different stats views for each sport.
We have conveniently added Forward (>>) and Back (<<) buttons to the menu, which will allow users to cycle through the views without having to use the dropdown/spinner list. This is now available on all mobile operating systems, not just Android, and should make it easier for all mobile users to change stat views.October 28, 2010 by Nate Policar
Through the StatMonitr for Basketball stats system, you can now print an official formatted NCAA box score from any computer connected to the internet.
There’s no longer a need to be tethered to the stat computer or interrupt your statistician crew to print boxes at timeouts or end of half. On the bottom toolbar of basketball stat feeds is a new icon titled ‘PRINT’, which will generate a properly formatted PDF file of your up-to-date box score, which you can then send to any printer.
Just another way that StatMonitr is revolutionizing sports statistics technologies and making life easier for SID’s.October 20, 2010 by Nate Policar
In the latest product feature addition, BCS Stats’ has added the ability to use your keyboard to navigate stat views in its StatMonitr products. Users may now switch views using either the number key associated with each stat button or using the arrow keys on their keyboards.
Hotkeys are immediately available for football and basketball stats, and will be coming to the remaining sports in the near future, as well as the StatBroadcast interface.October 04, 2010 by Nate Policar
With Midnight Madness just a week away, believe it or not the new NCAA basketball season is just around the corner. Is your team set for stat monitors and live stats yet? Here’s what you’re missing out on if you don’t have BCS Stats’ StatMonitr or StatBroadcast…
New features added for the 2010-11 season:
All-new Graphical Interface
Following the footsteps of our highly acclaimed baseball and football interfaces, BCS Stats for basketball now features our new sleek design. Laid out to make better use of your screen and organize information better, our new interface provides a high-definition view of real-time stats
New Stats Available: Last Field Goal; Last Lead; Percentages by Half; Hollinger’s Four Factors
In addition to adding more crucial stats to our main box score view, our new Team Compare view now includes five new stat categories that examine each of Hollinger’s Four Factors in the game, including offensive efficiency, effective FG percentage and more.
The interface now alerts you immediately when either team goes on a run of 6 or more points
The leaderboard allows you to see immediately who is leading each team in each statistical category, as well as who is in foul trouble
Full Box Score, Box Scores by Half and Season Stats
The interface now includes view for each team, which includes full box scores, including minutes, offensive rebounds, steals and blocks, as well as box scores by half and live-updating season stats.
Play By Play Recap
In addition to displaying a full play-by-play for all periods played, the interface now includes a quick recap of the last 20 plays in reverse order, to quickly review what led up to the current situation.
All of these features and more are included with the 2010-11 versions of StatMonitr and StatBroadcast for Basketball. Check them out here: http://www.bcsstats.com/events/stats.html?id=2
If your event or school has not become a partner with BCS Stats’, its still not too late. Contact us today to find out how to get BCS Stats’ on your campus.September 27, 2010 by Nate Policar
Development has completed development and deployed a new feature for both the StatMonitr media stats and StatBroadcast live stats platforms that enable schools and events to display real-time, live updating season stats alongside their live game stats for all football game stat feeds carried on the BCS Stats’ network.
This new feature adds support for both home and visitor stats, and introduces a new feature not before available on any live stats platform: season stats that update live as the game progresses. This feature is especially attractive to media covering the game, who not only have updated season stats available throughout the game, but immediately following the game will have access to up-t0-date season stats, without having to wait for the SID staff to compile them and re-post on the team’s website.
You may see an example of this new feature in action by clicking on the following link and selecting Season Stats from the button menu: http://www.bcsstats.com/events/stats.html?id=153
BCS Stats’s is planning on rolling out this feature for its Basketball stat interfaces as well by Nov. 1st, in time for the 2010-11 season tip-off.September 23, 2010 by Nate Policar
We have released more updates to our Stat products this week, which users will immediately be able to see in both StatMonitr and StatBroadcast products.
Included in these updates are the Scorer’s Notes information, which is now available on every sport. Venue, team records, weather, officials and scorer’s notes information that is recorded in StatCrew will now be displayed on the Game/Match Notes tab of each stat display.
Also included in the update is a new view for our Football stats, titled ‘Special Teams.’ As the name implies, this new view shows statistics for punting, punt returns, kick returns, field goals, PATs and interception returns.
Finally, we have added Leaderboard views for both Basketball and Volleyball stats. For basketball, this view shows the statistical leaders for each game in the following categories: points, rebounds, offensive rebounds, assists, blocks, steals, turnovers and personal fouls. For volleyball, the categories are kills, digs, total blocks, assists/sets, attacks and hitting percentage.September 15, 2010 by Nate Policar
We have made changes to our MVP/Tournament voting interface to make it more user-friendly and intuitive. The BCS Stats’ Online MVP voting system was used at the 2010 MWC Championship, 2010 Final Four and 2010 CWS.
Check out a test of the new interface here: http://www.bcsstats.com/tournament/vote.php?event=7
Utilizing a new drag-and-drop interface, voters can pick up a name from the list on the right and drop it into their ballot. The ballot also now only requires that you confirm your submissions in a dialog box, rather than previous behavior of having to click through three pages to complete a ballot.August 31, 2010 by Nate Policar
As part of our Countdown to Kickoff for the 2010 College Football season, BCS Stats today unveiled its newest addition to its stat interface for Football, Quarterback Passer Efficiency rating.
The NCAA formula is calculated as follows and a passer can obtain a maximum rating of 1261.6:
Here is the list of last year’s passer efficiency rankings from the NCAA.
You can check out the where the new ratings display on the stats feed here.August 23, 2010 by Nate Policar
Today we unveiled our customer support page on BCSSTATS.COM. It contains our document library of our current support documents, in both downloadable,printable PDF format and digital editions, through Issuu. We also have posted our first video, which takes you through setting up your stat computer, in full HD, to work with BCS Stats.
We hope to bring you additional helpful videos in the future, as well as a knowledge base to answer frequently asked questions and enhanced support for end users– your fans– in case they experience problems during an event.
Check it out at: http://www.bcsstats.com/support