Site for Sore Eyes: Birds Battle Board Backlash

The Eagles' message boards, in all their fabled glory, should be back by Monday, team Website czar Dave Spadaro said yesterday.

Spadaro has spent the week dealing with angry users of his site, which late last week converted to an NFL-mandated universal platform. That platform included a message board format that was much more rudimentary than what the team had provided previously. Even worse, longtime users found they couldn't get in with their old usernames, couldn't use their avatars, and so on.

"They hated it," Spadaro said. Spadaro said he and the folks who help run the site spent some time trying to answer the question "Can we salvage these boards?" Their answer, he said, turned out to be "No." So, he said, the Eagles have decided "to return to the boards as we had them prior" to the switch.

The rest of the site will remain on the NFL-mandated platform, Spadaro said.

"We're the most complex site the league has taken on to date" in its quest to standardize Websites, Spadaro said. "The boards the NFL provides aren't robust enough for our fans."

Spadaro said the league has no problem with the Eaglges using their old board format, that "the boards are something we poay for additionally." The team will save money on the rest of the redesign, using league servers and so forth.