The news breakdown as seen by an American sports-only site is not surprising: football, basketball, hockey, baseball, soccer, and other sports. The depth of coverage on each of these topics is incredible. I will use professional football as an example for the rest of this discussion.
Here's an example of a player bio , where you find out even more about your favorite star. Is this beginning to scare you? Don't you wish people had this much information about politicians?
The usage of gifs was clever and not overdone. A tasteful image or two
accompanied each story, and gave the feel of a quality sports magazine
like Sports Illustrated.
Finall, a cool java applet could sit anywhere on your desktop and give
you score updates. Now that's technology! Unfortunately, it also gave
The presentation is slick, with a good use of color to enhance the
Quality of Articles
The quality of the articles is high. They are well written, and provide
good information about the subject at hand.
The format of the articles was one of the best of all the
services. Hyperlinks were abundant, even within each article.
Most other news services only had links to other relates sites or
articles, usually at the top or off to the side, but in the ESPNet
articles, links pervaded the text, allowing a nice flow to follow your
Given that, I never had any trouble getting around, with the aid
of a large text-based control panel that went down the left-side of the
On-line help was adequate but not much more.
This seemed to be the one site with no search capability .
Not much else to say about that.
Timeliness Of Content
Up to the minute sports scores are one of the highlights of
this service. Unbelievably quick game summaries find their way on-line
only minutes after the games complete. I am truly amazed by this
incredible service, most of it at no cost.
Use of Multimedia and Technology
Heavy use of hyperlinks made this site the most hyperactive.
Player bios are the best example of this, as a story about a football
game would be interlaced with links to the important players of that
game, as well as links to the team.
Some of the usual chat forums existed here, though nothing too
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The usage of gifs was clever and not overdone. A tasteful image or two accompanied each story, and gave the feel of a quality sports magazine like Sports Illustrated.
Finall, a cool java applet could sit anywhere on your desktop and give you score updates. Now that's technology! Unfortunately, it also gave you advertising.