Monday, May 05, 2008

Google Sports Schedule Onebox

That's what you call it when Google gives you a direct answer to your question at the top of search results - a 'onebox'. So you don't have to go diving into some crappy website for looking up a gametime, for instance. Here's what I got when I did a search for 'Manchester United':

I was checking out ManU because another website - SplashMedia or something - launched another ManU blog. I'm not sure how they can do that copyright-wise, etc., but whatever.

Oneboxes rock. And finding game times for international soccer is still almost impossible. You have to dive into ESPN sports and convert GMT to your local time, and account for DST, and coordinate that with look up if FSC is carrying the game, and if not then you have to find out if your local pub is carrying the game, because some of them cost money and some only show on Setanta. Disaster.

It'd be nice if we could get this same info for basketball playoffs right now, but Googling 'Lakers' doesn't pull up anything.

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