[Friday night lights: Carmel High School players celebrate victory last night over Center Grove High in Greenwood, Ind.]
Gannett bought a controlling stake in HighSchoolSports.net in October 2007, adding the Ohio company to its small portfolio of technology start-ups in hopes they will generate more digital revenue. The company and its corporate parent -- Schedule Star LLC -- target high school coaches, students and their families, providing game schedules and related information.
But nearly a year later, readers tell me the relationship between Gannett and Schedule Star has gotten tense. At least one group of newspapers has been chastised for not using all of HighSchoolSports' features, a reader told me late last month. Thursday, another reader said: "I heard that Gannett and HighSchoolSports had some sort of falling-out. Does anyone know?"
A third reader ventured an answer. "My understanding (not being in the sports dept.) is that, after working on HighSchoolSports for the last 6 weeks or so, everything was still so f'ed up that Corporate decided to abandon it,'' the reader wrote. "And now that PrepsFactory is no longer supported either, our sports guys are back to typing agate by hand over the phone. What a joy. Jim, can you dig up any more dirt on this? Seems like quite a screw-up."
All sports editors, ad-sales and IT folks: What's going on with HighSchoolSports.net? Have you used it? Are you having problems? Please post your replies in the comments section, below. To e-mail confidentially, write gannettblog[at]gmail[dot-com]; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the green sidebar, upper right.
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