It is my pleasure to announce to you that Nittany Lions Den, as well as the entire The Sports Daily network, is now officially a part of the New England Sports Network (NESN). This process has been going on for a number of months now, and the time has finally arrived to show off the new look of the site.
NESN has primarily been focused on the sports scene in New England but is taking on an interest in branching out. The Sports Daily was eager to be a part of this new direction for NESN and after some hard work behind the scenes, it looks as though we are ready to build something unique and engaging. Being a part of an established sports network like NESN should provide new opportunities for the site and network to grow, and I am very happy be a part of it all here at Nittany Lions Den.
So does that mean you’re finally going to blog more about Penn State?
Absolutely. For much of this season, I have found myself reluctant to do much with the site because I admit there was some uncertainty floating in the air and some changes led to delays in rolling out our new format. But we’re here now and it could not have come at a better time for me with Penn State hosting Ohio State this week. We should be good for the remainder of the season now.
I will say there are some things I had planned for this season that have been scrapped due to this process, but as we get everything in order with the new site and network I will slowly get some of those things back in the rotation (podcast, video and more).
What does this mean for you, the reader?
While many of the changes going on with the site are taking place behind the scenes, I can tell you the goal is to make sure you have the best user experience possible. We have a brand new hosting structure as well as a new and improved blogging interface to work with, but you should see minimal changes other than our new network-wide style design. Some things will be different here, and we are still working through a couple of things as we move on as a network. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any bugs or glitches you may come across. It is not uncommon when changes like these are made.
Previous visitors of Nittany Lions Den will notice some drastic changes. For starters, this is no longer a self-contained website with our own content to use for archival purposes. Instead, we are more of a hub for Penn State content across the network. You can also access content from other sites on the network, regardless of sport. For example, clicking on “MLB” on the front page tab will show you the latest baseball content from across our network. Click on “NCAA” for college sports stories from our collection of sites. To see just Penn State content, click on “Home.”
Now that we have a new system up and running, now is as good a time as any to remind you how to connect with Nittany Lions Den in other ways. You can follow Nittany Lions Den on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. More will come soon as well as we work to get everything up to speed.
You can also follow me on Twitter, @KevinOnCFB.
In closing, a lot has happened here at Nittany Lions Den. Thank you to those of you who have stuck by the site during many down times, and welcome to any newcomers to the fun. Your support is why this site exists today, and I hope to make it worth coming back time and time again.