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CBS Sports – An App Review

 Greetings readers,

Today I am reviewing the CBS Sports app, available on Android’s Google Play and the Apple App Store. The CBS Sports is developed by OneLouder.

Currently (as of 4/16/2013), CBS Sports has an average rating of 4.4 from 16,501 votes on Google Play and a combined rating of 3 out of 5 from 50,517 votes at the App Store (but the current version  has a 4.5 out of 5 from 109 votes.)

This app was previously called SportCaster, also developed by OneLouder Apps (they also make TweetCaster which is an app I use quite frequently.) Eventually, the CBS name took over the app and the SportCaster name was dropped after.

One thing I loved about the old SportCaster app was the tweets about games and teams. None of the apps I reviewed had that feature, so that’s what made SportCaster unique and on my mobile phone. Fast forward from 2011 to 2013, and CBS Sports still has that feature. You access it from the settings menu.

One thing that was worked on was the lack of sports. From my old review of SportCaster, there was only American Football (NCAA and NFL.) With CBS Sports, you have the options to follow your favorite teams as well as numerous European Football leagues, Major League Soccer, Major League Baseball, and both pro and college basketball.

You can also receive notifications on your favorite teams or any breaking news of major events from CBS Sports. These are customization options for these, including turning them off.

The front page is the big news stories. To get to the scores, you pull the menu down to pick the league you want or pick “My Teams” to see those scores. On the score screen, you can pull down news stories and see tweets from the team representatives (writers, actual teams Twitter, etc…)

While finding the tweets and news stories take a little bit getting used to, it is a good setup. I like the customization of the app, and I think it deserves a home on your mobile device. From this sportscaster, it’s a recommended app.

Sources of info from the Google Play and Apple App Store sites. Ratings/votes are current as of 11:57 AM on April 16th, 2013.

Until next time,

-Lee

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Delay in the Play

This is the map for Forest Fair in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s before the first name change. Note where Bigg’s is on the second floor.

Greetings readers,

Let me take you back to April of 2011, when I published this article. Now fast forward to January 2013, and let me share with you this article by the Dayton Daily News. Yes, that rink was supposed to open this month, is still not yet a reality. In fact, it still reminds as an abandoned part of a gigantic building which is mostly empty (see this video here if you don’t believe me.)

For a simple preview, this is about building a rink/sports complex where Bigg’s used to be at the old Forest Fair Mall (yes, there was a mall with a supermarket in it back in the day.) The mall changed names four times (now back to Forest Fair, according to this article…but if you drive by, it’s still labeled as the Cincinnati Mall.) In the post from about two years ago, I mentioned the plans for the mall. Hotels, restaurants, a club ran by retired police officers, an agricultural museum, and a water park.

If you were around this area in the 1990’s and about my age, you might remember the awesome rides and the arcade machines at the Forest Fair Mall.  If you remember any commercials from this same time period, you might remember this commercial, when Forest Fair had a Moore’s Fitness gym. If you don’t remember any of this, just take my word for it. Back then, the amusement park in the middle of the mall was the place to be if you were young back in the day. Nowadays, the mall is virtually empty. Sure there’s Kohls, Bass Pro, Arcade Legecy…and…uh…yeah.

How awesome would it be to have sports in this building? Very cool, considering there is an arcade in the mall ($10 gets you all the gaming you want), a place to sport if you like to hunt/fish/motorboat. All a sports fan needs is a sports shop (because both of the good ones in that mall have closed) and possibly an indoor go-kart track, and this could be a sportsman’s paradise.

Cincinnati Sports Zone, which was announced in November 2011, has yet to open where Bigg’s was for about twenty years. The plan is to make a complete sports complex for $8 Million. That’s 270,000 square feet of sports once it’s finished and according to the DDN article, that includes three sheets of ice, 30,000 square feet of turf, 12 volleyball/basketball courts, a fitness center, a clinic, a sports bar complete with a party room, and finally office space. Also mentioned on the article list is the fact the courts could be used for AAU tourneys.

The new goal is to have the Cincinnati Sports Zone open by September 2013. Will it happen? I hope so, that building needs something to bring it back to the level all those moons ago. Like I sometimes say to close out a post, only time will tell.

Sources of information/pictures from Dayton Daily News, FOX 19, YouTube, and the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Until next time,

-Lee

The Eagle Needs to Land

Greetings readers,

There’s a project going on in Eaton. The Eaton Eagles are looking to fly away from their current digs on Park Avenue and make a landing closer to their high school on State Route 732.

The drawings show that a new football stadium would be northeast of the new high school, just south of the city limits. There would also be a new baseball and softball field sitting on the north end of the high school property, with a soccer field topping it off by Camden Road. There are also plans to create a new auditorium and a health center.

As of 2/22/2012, Eaton still needs about $2,000,000. As well as donating, you can even get one of these stadiums/fields/tracks named, for a price of course.

The need for new fields stems from the construction project looming over Park Avenue, which would overtake the field sitting by the road. No matter if this project gets funded or not, Eaton will play their last seasons of sport on Park Avenue for 2012-2013. The interesting part is if this doesn’t get done, where do the Eagles play then? There’s really no other fields around the area.

While going to one football game at Eaton this season, I noticed that parking was a big issue. You have room for about twenty cars on the gravel path heading to the football field, and that’s it. The rest of the visitors must find parking on the streets or somewhere else. With the new stadium, there’s plenty of parking at the high school, behind the building.

At Park Avenue Field, I will say it was a good place to watch a football game. With the new stadium plans, it looks to be one of the best places to see high school football in Preble County.

With that said, will this project go through? It’ll be interesting to see, that’s for sure.

Source of information from http://buildingongreatraditions.com, a site from the Eaton Community School District.

Until next time,

-Lee

Arena of Dreams – West Carrollton Edition

Greetings readers,

Yesterday I saw an article from the Dayton Daily News, talking about plans for a congested area in West Carrollton. One of those plans for the “Miami Bend” is building a 4,000 seat event arena, which come become the Dayton Gems’ new home.

If you aren’t familiar with this area, here’s a map. This area is crowded with buildings and roads, including one former Roberds store (if you’re old enough to remember the store itself, those blue Roberds vans, the commercials, and Channel 2 being sponsored by Roberds. Here’s what happened to the retailer.) Case in point: there’s not a lot of room for building something from the ground up.

But hold on, there’s a big construction project going on as we speak, as we’ll soon have access to both North and South Interstate 75 from one road instead of the tangled mess we have today. So building the area up makes sense. The shopping center next to I-75 has been dead for awhile, with only the DMV and possibly the nightclub still there. The old Roberds building turned into a flea market, or rather a “Mall without Walls.”

The first thing I thought of was “Why not the Old Roberds?” Granted, you would probably need to move the flea market somewhere else, but I think the building would be big enough, or close to enough, to hold an ice rink. The flea market could then move to the old Administrations Building right next door, across from Crossway Road. The only problem would be parking for the market, and you can bring up the same problem with the Old Roberds building.

There’s always an option to demolish the plaza itself, but then you have to move the other businesses still occupying the space. You still have the issue of parking if you do that though.

I also thought of the old GM plant in Moraine to build that area up, since there’s plenty of space there. However, I think that area has been sold to a company and they’re going to do something with the area (I hope they do, anyways.) I heard that they were going to make flying cars there, but that was a year ago. This is irrelevant.

The Administrations Building next door wouldn’t be a good spot, mainly because the building is smaller and parking is a bit tight. Even with bulldozing and reformatting, you still have that trouble unless you blocked off the road and turned that into parking.

In that area, I can’t really think of anywhere else to put an arena in. Like I previously said, that area is packed with buildings and concrete.

Hotels, a whitewater park, and the event center are being studied by a Nebraska company and the people will know its fate in the First Quarter of 2012.

Issues aside, this would be a nice boost for the West Carrollton/Moraine area. The Dayton Dutch Lions are moving into West Carrollton for the 2012 season, so we could possibly see another team with the Dayton crest call West Carrollton home. Just think, an area hit by job losses and factories/stores calling it quits, could be getting sports to get the people in. Let’s see where it goes from here.

Source of information from the Dayton Daily News and the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Until next time,

-Lee

SportsTap – An App Review

Greetings readers,

Today I’m reviewing the SportsTap app available in the Android Market and the App Store. Brought to you by Score Media Ventures, the same people that brought you ScoreMobile, this app is fairly similar to their brother product. On their newest update in the Android Market, the branding was added (it’s not shown on this picture.)

One of the neat features on this app is the home screen. On the first four buttons, you have the big leagues. Afterwards, the other sports/leagues are categorized in what sport they are. There are also red circles with numbers in them, stating how many games in that league/sport are active today.

Another neat feature is “LocalTap”, which can locate any game from either 50 miles, 100 miles, or 200 miles away. It does require for you to allow it to know where you are, though. While it’s nice to see on college and professional teams nearby, it can’t pick up high school games (if that’s what you were think LocalTap could do. That’s probably unrealistic considering that there’s a ton of high schools in the country, but still.)

The app runs really well on my Droid, the options are fairly nice and easy to understand, I haven’t experienced a crash yet on about two hours of testing. Honestly, no real complaints from this writer.

As of 10/31/2011, Android Market users have given this app an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars, with a little over 33,000 ratings. In the App Store, users voted this app 3.5 out of 5 with 12 ratings.

It’s a good little app for sports scores, I’d recommend it if you’re looking for a new app!

Sources of information from the Android Market and the App Store page. I am no way affiliated with any company.

Until next time,

-Lee

Sports+ – An App Review

Greetings readers,

There’s a new app on the market for people who love sports who want to write their own story. It’s called Sports+, created by Hitpost. It’s available at the App Store, the Android Market, and online as well.

As of 10/7/11, Sports+ has an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 at the Android Market. In the App Store, it has a 4.5 out of 5 rating with about 12 ratings and one review. There has also been a few interviews done, with one coming from the Huntington Post.

I looked up sports apps for this purpose, and found this to be one of the Android Market’s featured apps. Wondering if it was anything similar to Google+, I decided to download it and give it a try. I have yet to do so, but it could always be something I do down the road if I go to a Wright State game.

While there is an option for scores, what makes Sports+ different is the option to write stories on photos and sporting events. When you boot the app up, it asks you to create an account (which involves linking up to either your Facebook or Google+ account.) Then you can pick the teams you’d like to follow, and it will trim down the stories.

With my two-hour test drive, the app ran fairly smooth but did crash three times. Your results may vary. Some reviewers did complain about the constant crashing, which crashes are minor annoyances.

I will say, I was really impressed with the lists of teams. In the NCAA section, they have teams that are not Division I, like the Urbana Blue Knights, the Wilberforce Bulldogs, and the Anderson (Indiana) Ravens. There are other smaller schools not listed, such as the Wilmington (Ohio) Quakers and the Wittenberg Tigers, but the list is still massive. To me, having the Wright State Raiders as an option is the most important thing. Most apps don’t have that as an option.

There are a few sports that aren’t available yet, like MLS. However, nobody has ever said enough to updates, so don’t be shocked to see it included in an update one day.

I did a little experiment with the sharing/story feature, and it works quite well. Granted, it was one of the last things I done, but it does work well. You might have seen a story where I shared something from Sports+, as well.

Overall, I recommend Sports+ if you love sharing sports with your friends.

Sources of information from Hitpost, the Huntington Post, the Android Market, and the Apple App Store. I am not affiliated with Hitpost.

Until next time,

-Lee

ScoreMobile vs. ESPN ScoreCenter – An App Comparison

Greetings readers,

Today I have another app review for you. Actually, two. Today, I’m comparing the ESPN ScoreCenter application with the ScoreMobile app.

If you have a smart phone, you might not want to have two applications that are designed to do the same thing. Both are designed to give you scores around the nation. Both give you options to pick your favorite teams so you can see those scores first.

Before we begin, let’s get to the basics. ScoreCenter is created by ESPN, and you can find their webpage here. ScoreMobile is created by Score Media, and you can find their website here.

On the Android Market, the ESPN ScoreCenter has a rating of 4.2 out of 5 (as of 10-6-11.) Recent comments talk about how slow the app runs and how unstable it has become. Recently, users have been complaining about having “No Internet Connection” when in a Wi-Fi or a 3G zone. At Apple’s App Store, ScoreCenter has a 3.5 stars, where the main complaint is the ads.

ScoreMobile ranks in the Android Market with a 4.4 out of 5. The recent comments describe how they like it, but one does say it’s slowed down as of late because of the Gingerbread upgrade. In the App Store, it has three stars and two user comments liking it better than ScoreCenter because of the vast selection of options.

From personal experience, I have used ScoreMobile on my phone and ScoreCenter twice; on my iPod and my phone. I loved using ScoreCenter on my iPod, since it was smooth to use and the sliding from league to league was well designed.

When I got my phone, I downloaded it first and was disappointed with the lack of sliding to get to the next league, as well as the slow loading times (it took about a minute to load the NFL scores.) It  ran a lot slower than the iPod counterpart. It took me awhile to decide to download ScoreMobile, but I was glad I did. It runs so much smoother on Android than the ScoreCenter app. This one has options for standings, stats for games, and more leagues available.

I also emailed the makers of ScoreMobile to suggest adding a sport, and I got an email the next day. They were quick about replying, and very kind as well. (By the way, I requested College Baseball scores, which neither app has.)

As of recently, you can slide on ScoreCenter. It takes a few seconds to load, but the sliding animation is a bit jerky. With ScoreMobile, you have to pick the league from a button. Both have options to pick your favorite teams, both show scores, both have previews. Both have tons of sports to follow.

With ScoreCenter, you have the ESPN signature scrolling news bar below, as well as news in the league, and full standings. There’s also a page just dedicated for your teams, as well. With ScoreMobile, there are injury reports, options to looking at entire schedules, stats, standings, video, and news underneath the option button.

In other words, both are very similar. The main difference: performance. ScoreMobile wins in this regard, with its smooth operation and fast load times whereas ScoreCenter is still a bit jerky and does take a bit to finish.

To wrap it up: both are terrific apps. If you’re a fan of news and ESPN’s coverage, check out ESPN ScoreCenter. If you want the same features but a quicker app, download ScoreMobile.

Sources of information from the Android Market and the Apple App Store, as well as ESPN.com and thescore.com. All ratings and comments are recent as of October 6th, 2011 at 9:21AM. I am not affiliated with either company.

Until next time,

-Lee