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Re: Media Thread
« Reply #60 on: September 08, 2017, 11:18:24 AM »
Their Edmonton chapter just announced their team:

www.twitter.com/mirtle/status/906171283221749761

A damn good collection of bloggers. Like during the awful Leafs years, it seems like teams being perpetually awful have a tendency to create some really good writers who cover them as a hobby. Jonathan Willis, Allan Mitchell (Lowetide), and Pat McLean (blackdogpat) have been some people I've read for a long time and they're terrific.

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« Reply #61 on: September 08, 2017, 11:32:10 AM »
Just a heads up: current subscriptions get access to the whole shebang, but down the road, they're going to start parceling out the subscriptions to either cities or sports (or combo of both). Early subscribers will continue to be grandfathered into the whole thing.

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« Reply #62 on: September 08, 2017, 11:41:00 AM »
How long before Rob sells his long-tenured ownership stake in TMLfans.ca to take a job at The Athletic? LOL

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Re: Media Thread
« Reply #63 on: September 08, 2017, 12:36:43 PM »
Just a heads up: current subscriptions get access to the whole shebang, but down the road, they're going to start parceling out the subscriptions to either cities or sports (or combo of both). Early subscribers will continue to be grandfathered into the whole thing.

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Well, I'd say he skirted the question a little and kept it vague.  I'd take it as they MAY switch to a subscription per city model.  Or, in another response he had to a question about tiers, they may switch to a model where you pay for the amount of access you want.  ie, smaller price for city only, higher price for nationwide access.  They are still figuring out where to go, no doubt but did say they will grandfather people in.

I remember really early last season they had deals where you paid $29.99 or $34.99 per year and I was hesitant.  I finally signed up at $39.99 per year.  Now, you can sign up for a discount, but the discount is only for the first year! 

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Re: Media Thread
« Reply #64 on: September 08, 2017, 01:37:57 PM »
Say, for instance, that the average subscriber pays $40 / yr (most will sign up with a discount).  100k subscribers gives you 4 million in revenue.  Take some off the top for running the site, $ to travel with teams (for the few who are on the beat) etc and you probably have enough leftover for 20-25 writers getting paid decently and a few others who freelance.  I bet they've already surpassed those numbers too.

100,000 paid subscribers in the internet age is a ton.

The other day their co-founder said that 100,000 subs was the goal by the end of the year.

Well, they aren't far (approx 92k):

@TheAthleticCHI 22,942
@TheAthleticSF 13,090
@TheAthleticCLE 9,910
@TheAthleticPHI 9,884
@TheAthleticDET 6,196
@TheAthleticMIN 5,710

@TheAthleticTO 18469
@AthleticMTL 2607
@TheAthleticVN 999
@TheAthleticEDM 994
@TheAthleticOTT 764
@TheAthleticCGY 621
@TheAthleticWPG 470


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Re: Media Thread
« Reply #65 on: September 08, 2017, 02:50:40 PM »
www.twitter.com/mirtle/status/906226022382804992

I swear I'm not trying to be too much of a shill for these guys, but if anybody is still on the fence or was waiting for closer to the start of the season to subscribe, their 30% discount ends tomorrow.

I remember someone around here was saying they were waiting for a 40% discount period because those were offered before but at this point I don't see that happening. This will probably be the last discount they offer before the season starts I'm guessing.*

*Don't sue me if they offer a better one in October haha

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Re: Media Thread
« Reply #66 on: September 08, 2017, 04:09:45 PM »
As I've said I'm very curious how this model works and I hope it does cos I'd like to see similar for the likes of football (soccer) and cricket and even rugby in Europe.

But they seem to be growing so fast I hope it's sustainable and they're not trying to do too much too soon
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Re: Media Thread
« Reply #67 on: September 09, 2017, 09:07:02 PM »
www.twitter.com/simmonssteve/status/906222838381764608


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Re: Media Thread
« Reply #68 on: September 09, 2017, 09:08:46 PM »

Huh. Who knew all this time that I was running the Athletic.
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Re: Media Thread
« Reply #69 on: September 09, 2017, 09:17:17 PM »
www.twitter.com/simmonssteve/status/906222838381764608



The Athletic is pretty much the anti-Steve Simmons.  There is zero chance they'd want him.  I also had to hold my tongue yesterday when somebody on Twitter was urging Al Strachan to be a writer at the Athletic.
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Re: Media Thread
« Reply #70 on: September 09, 2017, 09:56:33 PM »
Al Strachan is still alive?

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Re: Media Thread
« Reply #71 on: September 09, 2017, 10:28:26 PM »
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So, people getting promo rates for the Athletic get locked in at that rate forever?  I feel kind of ripped off for being an early subscriber/supporter and paying full price.  I understand a sale price, but a sale price that lasts forever on a subscription?
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Re: Media Thread
« Reply #72 on: September 10, 2017, 10:05:46 AM »
It said pretty clearly just first year is at 30% discount.  Seems the lock-in rate would be the rate without the discount which would be $6/month, I don't know how that compares to what you got

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« Reply #73 on: September 10, 2017, 11:03:06 AM »
Al Strachan is still alive?

Lol. It sounds like they're getting desperate. I hear Howard Berger is looking for a job.
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Re: Media Thread
« Reply #74 on: September 10, 2017, 03:58:40 PM »

I didn't watch the Reporters much but I've always liked Michael Farber's written work. Sad that they kept Simmons on as a panelist instead of him.

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Re: Media Thread
« Reply #74 on: September 10, 2017, 03:58:40 PM »