Athletics website sports a new look

U-News Staff

On Aug. 31, the Athletics Department publicly launched its new and improved official website, www.umkckangaroos.com.

The fresh, revamped web design features a modern look and easier access to pages within the site with less clicking, an upgraded video portal called Roos TV, that allows web viewers to see more into athletic games and events, and an upgraded online ticketing area.

Athletics is also adding a mobile application as well as performing maintenance to their social media pages in the coming weeks.

Rob McCutcheon, Sports Information Director at UMKC, noted that these changes were necessary.

“The old site was outdated and behind the rest of the Summit League,” McCutcheon said. “With the new site, it will help promote UMKC more effectively and project a more modern image of the athletic department and university.”

The process started in June with a meeting between key athletics staff and the host company of the website, named NeuLion.

Athletics made a list of the things they would like to see, where things will be placed, and NeuLion sent a draft design concept to Athletics about four weeks later.

According to Athletic Director Tim Hall, the new site embodies the culture and brand of UMKC and sets it apart from other universities.

“[The site is] fresh and engaging content, easy navigation and the use of the latest interactive technology and multimedia show the world the kind of university UMKC is and aims to be,” Hall said. “The new site, along with social media will create a sense of community, a sort of gathering spot for students, faculty and staff so that everyone is participating in telling UMKC’s story.”

However, the site overhaul came at no cost to students.

The site will increase revenue. Through this redesign, more advertisement spots have been created. Photo sales, video subscriptions, UMKC gear sales and ticket sales should all get a boost from the ease of accessing them. McCutcheon said he felt Roos TV is a great feature with higher quality webcasts, interviews, highlights and features.

Fans now have the opportunity to purchase Live On-Demand streaming sports events through Roos TV, with the four packages available being the one-day, one-month, four-month or year-long pass.

To see the redesign, go to www.umkckangaroo.com

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