Another sports widget just discovered. This one is a run-of-the-mill scoreboard widget for the NBA. It’s got the usual “Yesterday” and “Today” tabs with games and scores. There’s no lack of links taking you back to the NBA.com site.
The “Grab It” button presents the embed code for you to spread the widget around.
This is the fourth sports widget that we know of from Clearspring. If they keep this up, they are going to corner the market on sports related widgets.
You can access the commercials through the widget on the right. The widget is powered by MuseStorm and obtained from Sexy Widget through Widgets Lab (who reminded us about this widget). Feel free to grab a copy for yourself and spread the widget around. Just click “+ Add to your website” at the bottom of the widget to start the process.
You may want to wait until you’re done with work before starting down this path. It could eat up a good chunk of your Friday. But, it is Friday after all…
The Colts have teamed up with Clearspring to provide a widget for the Colts. See below for the widget and grab the code for yourself if you’re a Colts fan. The widget itself is loaded with features; an image slideshow, latest news and video feeds and links back to the official Colts website.
For now you can grab the embed code, email to a friend or auto insert into TypePad. But, it does look like there are plans for auto insert into MySpace and Blogger.
One problem with using this widget on MySpace is the inability to link externally from MySpace. Pat Coyle of Sports Marketing 2.0 blog and Director of Database Marketing & E Commerce for the Indianapolis Colts indicates that they are working on this. Let’s see if they are able to resolve this issue. If they are able to, it could be good news for other widgets providers out there. In the meantime, you can still use this widget in a variety of places and other social networks.
Mashable reports that the NHL will be announcing a YouTube channel. The channel will provide videos and game highlights officially sponsored and approved by the NHL. Google Video already has a deal with the NHL and you can check out the NHL on Google Video page for the currently available videos. Refer to the post on Mashable for the details of both deals.
What this means for the average fan is that they will now have access to more NHL content. This is a good thing… Did you miss a game last week? Can’t remember that game back in 1995? No problem, just check out Google Video or YouTube for the game.
For the hard core fan that has the technical knowledge to customize their blogs or run their own sites, there is even better news. While the exact usage details still need to be seen, these videos (using the Google Search API) and the NHL Scoreboard widget (previous coverage) will give your blog/site more features and content for your readers.
In the sidebar are 2 examples of tools and widgets that can greatly enhance your hockey blog or site.