By: E&P Staff
The Associated Press is looking to position itself as a top source for college football news by launching APTop25.com, an interactive Web hub offering in-depth coverage and perspective on college football.
Anchored by the AP Top 25 Poll, often the most cited ranking of college football programs, the new site invites fans of Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools to check out stories, photos and stats from the AP’s college football reporters and editors. Content from AP member publications and college football blogs is also featured.
Visitors can use an array of interactive tools to engage with the weekly poll, allowing them to reorder the poll to their preference or to create their own version of the Top 25, which they can then share via Twitter and Facebook. The site can be customized according to team loyalty, highlighting both the site’s look and content.
If there’s one thing sports fans love more than a victory, it’s a good debate — and APTop25.com encourages discussion around the rankings, with user comments throughout the site and extensive integration with social media.
Other features include links to stories provided by AP, local news organizations and blogs, and fans can sign up for team-specific e-mail newsletters that provide the top and most-read stories of the week, as well as in-game alerts delivered via SMS.
Along with AP coverage of every game played by each of the 120 Division I FBS teams, APTop25.com also provides photos, musings, predictions and insight from AP members, as well as leading college football bloggers selected and organized by AP editors.
Check it out, here.