by Kevin Sylvester
Thank you for visiting Buffalo Sports Page and sampling our content. We hope you are enjoying all that we offer, whether it’s written stories, columns, podcasts, or our radio show on WECK 1230 AM/102.9 FM. There is more to come as we get into the NFL season, college football, NHL, MLB playoffs, and, well, everything!
Our contributors have a wealth of experience in their respective disciplines, and we’re proud to have them on our team. Each and every one is excited about Buffalo Sports Page, and its growth. That growth will be fueled by our partnerships and support from you as a subscriber.
How It Works
We have been asked about the subscription model, how it works, the benefits, and why it exists. Becoming a subscriber is easy to do through our secure merchant services account right here at Buffalo Sports Page. Click on the Upgrade button in the premium window and follow the steps. The benefits are explained, one of which is a $5 credit to our store(for annual members), great to use on new OnCore golf balls or some cool BSP gear. There will be special member opportunities (ex. the chance to join our fantasy football league) throughout the year. We know you love to comment on stories, and that’s for members too.
Being a premium member gives you full access to the site. Our featured stories, videos, and podcasts are open to everyone, thanks to our Press Box Partners-OnCore Golf, AXA Advisors, and Hamburg Overhead Door. Be sure to mention BSP when you use their services. All of the articles, opinions, and analysis will not be open access. There will be things you’ll miss if you’re not a member. We currently have three options for your convenience. You can test us out free for a month and then pay $3.50 to continue. You can also take advantage of a discount and get the annual plan for $27.50. Planning on a long life? Grab the lifetime plan for $136. All prices include sales tax.
This Is Not a New Concept
Subscription fee for content? Yes. This may seem like a new concept, but it’s truly not. Odds are you have been subscribing or paying for content for quite some time. You pay for ESPN, MSG, and the other sports channels on cable, Direct, or Dish. It’s included in your monthly fee, you just don’t see the specific breakdown, or it’s hard to find (ever read your cable bill?). Have a Netflix or Hulu account? You’re paying for content. Subscribing to the newspaper, whether in print or online, is paying for content. Same idea here, just less expensive!
Everyone Else Is Doing It
Maybe not everyone, but there are similar sites that have either just launched (bostonsportsjournal.com), been the trailblazer (dkpittsburghsports.com), or will be coming along for the ride with us. A radio station in Cleveland is even charging a fee for podcasts on their website (http://www.thelandondemand.com/?platform=hootsuite). I wish them success. Great content from good people costs money to create.
We ask that you consider becoming a member. You’ll be supporting the contributors dedicated to producing great sports content. Thank you.