NCAA.com is undergoing a major redesign to be launched fall 2013.
The challenge is the complexity and sheer volume of content including 30 plus multi-gender sports, all divisions, over 1300 member schools and live coverage of 89 national championships. Additionally the types of content provided is varied such as; written stories, live and on-demand video, stats, photo galleries, brackets, interactive components and more.
The first step was to engage in a site wide inventory eliminating and combining content where possible, as well as reorganizing and simplifying the site structure and navigation. We then created a modular grid system with a multitude of templates allowing the editorial staff the maximum flexibility to publish content appropriately as the news cycle and sport season demands.
A new content management system gives the editors the ability to tag content by topics so that key parts of the site can be automated. The system also automatically produces a mobile version of the site using the same modules utilized by the desktop.
The design allows for future plans of expanding to a 1280 or wider resolution and full responsiveness.