Re: Popscout Scouting Reports

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Posted by For What It's Worth on June 11, 2019 at 08:16:19:

In Reply to: Re: Popscout Scouting Reports posted by The Dude on June 10, 2019 at 14:52:06:

: : : : You should consider taking down that inaccurate post from your site, it's slander buddy.

: : : This is hardly "slander" (nor is it libel, which refers to written defamation, whereas slander refers to spoken defamatory statements).

: : : I think it's intended to be a frank, but seemingly harsh, STATEMENT OF OPINION (that is, the opinion of Popsscout). Does it need to be posted on the internet? That's certainly a subject for debate.

: : : Any college coaches that may be recruiting her aren't going to put much (if any) stock in this sort of writeup. So everyone should relax.

: : : That said, the suggestions aren't bad, and ANY PLAYER would benefit from doing some of the work suggested.

: : : And after all, this is just one person's opinion, and it's probably worth just about what everyone reading it has paid for it.

: : The problem with this inaccurate reporting is that if I'm a scout and I Google her name (+ basketball), his site is pooping out. Scouts won't pay must attention to this as you say, how would you know? Like the guy said, he's been evaluating her since she was a freshman at VC. So if am a scout I won't take this post lightly. And since his "scouting report" as he calls it is inaccurate, that's slander.

: Well, um, that's like your opinion, man.

You can debate the accuracy of Popscout's "evaluations" - both of individuals and teams and coaches. My issue is mainly that he presents them as absolutes - as if because he played on a good high school team 20+ years ago there are no other valid opinions.

Especially when it's obvious he has only watched a team and/or player once or twice.

That being said, it is just his opinion, and that is all it is.

My bigger issue is if you do not have positive things to say about a minor (boy or girl), don't publish them on a free website and then link to it on a message board.

I'm not saying he (or anyone) should just say a player/team is good if they are not. I'm saying just say nothing.

If he wants to put out full, detailed evaluations for college coaches - then set up a pay area on your site and charge for the services. However, just know that is a crowded space to be in, as there are several well-established scouting services that already exist with a proven track record in that arena.

To be honest, the guy takes really good pictures and makes some nice highlight videos. He used to go to games/tourneys and take the pics and offer them for sale right there.

I'm not sure putting himself out there as some kind of guru is the best use of his energies. His goal is obviously to monetize all this; and his "controversial" posts and evaluations do not help towards that end.

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