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Major Sports League Moves to Drupal

by Jeff Diecks
December 1, 2014

Another major sports league has launched a Drupal platform that will power each of its team sites. Contractual obligations with the client prevent me from using the league's name or logo, but it is the largest of the sports leagues to date to adopt Drupal.

Mediacurrent partnered with the league and Acquia to provide a feature-rich, flexible platform capable of offering a common set of tools but also a unique identity to each of the team sites. The first team went live on the platform in October, and the rest of the clubs will be migrating off of the league's outdated, proprietary system to launch with new sites on Drupal over the course of the next year.

I am especially proud of my teammates at Mediacurrent considering the timing in which this project was completed. Having joined the company when it was less than 10 employees, I am amazed at how our concurrent teams were able to complete this project during a summer that also included large projects for weather.com, gpb.org, adn.com and others all in the production schedule.

Despite the busy schedule, the team managed to generate significant contributions back to the Drupal community. Among the modules that were newly created or received significant updates as part of the project:

The new platform includes a robust and responsive editing experience including support for content entry and editing on tablet and mobile devices. It features live data feeds delivering scores and statistics ahead of the HD television broadcasts of the games. It also offers flexibility in the form of dynamic content lists which allow clubs to pick and choose individual display modes for unique content presentations all driven from a common set of views.

For more details, read the full case study on how Mediacurrent and Acquia are developing a single Drupal platform for this major professional sports league.

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Meet team member, Jeff Diecks

A veteran of the web publishing and sports media industries, Jeff draws on his extensive project management, business analysis, and site building experience to lead professional services and client delivery at Mediacurrent. An active member of the Drupal community, Jeff organizes events for his local Louisiana Drupal Users Group and Drupalcamp New Orleans.

Jeff joined Mediacurrent in 2010 after 11 years with Turner Broadcasting Systems in Atlanta, GA. In his previous position as Director of Operations at Turner Sports New Media, his team managed technical operations for NASCAR.COM and initiated Turner’s adoption of Drupal. Jeff’s other roles at Turner included Director of Editorial Operations, Project Manager and Producer at CNN/Sports Illustrated Interactive. Prior to joining Turner, he served as Website Manager for Major League Soccer in New York, and was responsible for the league site's design, maintenance and content publishing.

Jeff lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with his wife and daughter. On nice-weather days he can be found working from a table in his backyard with his yellow lab, Murray.

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