Just because the design is "new" doesn't mean it's better. The flow of the home page is terrible and is a bad user experience.
They should have rolled out a better phase of the previous design. This one is just odd...
It's too difficult to know what the most recent story is. The hero's don't mesh well. If they wanted an improved design they should have rotating hero's like ign, espn, and nfl.com.
I'm sure not everyone at stampede is thrilled with the new design. Let's see how long it lasts before it gets changed.