Fireworks at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, PA. (Photo by Cheryl Pursell)
It’s been a wild couple of days here at the palatial Philly Baseball Insider offices and that wildness resulted in a new site design and some other key changes.
It all began back in December, when Scout.com, the network that PBI was a member of was forced to file for bankruptcy protection. We’ll spare you the details, but it was messy, involving a lot of claims made back-and-forth, unfulfilled promises and even Russian investors. No, we’re not kidding, there was Russian involvement, although not the kind that has been in the news lately.
The end result was that Scout.com was bought in bankruptcy court by CBS Interactive. That sounded really good, but as it turned out, CBSI was more interested in the “higher profitability” of the NFL, College and Recruiting part of the network and had little interest in the baseball side of things.
After initially deciding to stick with the gang at CBS and see what happened, things shifted and it turned out that wouldn’t be the best course of action for the site, so we began negotiating a split and the hope was that there would be a couple of weeks to prepare the new landing spot. Well, that didn’t happen and the launch of the new site, which was originally planned for some time around July 10th was moved up to today – June 30th – and that decision was handed to us on June 29th.
To be completely honest, there are no hard feelings or bitterness toward the CBSI group. It’s business and that’s completely understandable. Heck, we’re not even mad at the Russians.
So, here we are, with a completely new look and a lot of work ahead of us. The site is obviously not finished. Please be patient with things that might not be there when you look for them and some features that are simply missing. We’re working to pull everything together and plan on putting in a lot of late nights and early mornings to make this work.
Besides the new look, the biggest change is this. No pay wall! That’s right, we’re putting everything that we do out there for everyone to read completely free of charge. No subscriptions, no limit on how many stories you can read in a week or a month; nothing. The downside is that in an effort to make a few bucks, there will be ads. We just haven’t really gotten there yet, so there are reminders that you could place an ad on Philly Baseball Insider for a very reasonable amount of money if you want to support our efforts.
Again, we appreciate the patience that you can give to us as we continue to add to the site and would appreciate any comments, constructive criticism and input that you want to give. You can share your thoughts via email at: Chuck@PhillyBaseballInsider.com.
Thanks again for sticking with us!