E.A. Sports Today

Changes coming to website

East Alabama Sports Today goes to a subscription model for premium content starting April 17

For the past 32 months East Alabama Sports Today has provided area sports fans a quality alternative for their local sports news. Based on analytic and anecdotal evidence, the response to the site and its offerings has been overwhelmingly positive.

Since its inception it has been the intention of the publishers of East Alabama Sports Today to provide quality coverage and prove our value to you the reader. As you all know it takes revenue to produce coverage, maintain and update the site as well as programming and server fees etc. After several lengthy discussions the decision has been made to become a low-priced subscription-based product. While some free content remains available, readers accepting a $3.95 monthly or $24.95 annual subscription plan will have access to all the content the website has to offer plus extras.

“We have made a substantial investment in East Alabama Sports Today over the last two and a half years involving tens of thousands of dollars.” publisher Kenny Wright said. “After several discussions the decision was made that we didn’t want to clutter the site with many ads, we wanted the site to keep its integrity, and we felt the editorial and site itself were worth a very small subscription fee.

“We felt like everybody would benefit by going to a paid subscription model.”

The subscription model becomes operational April 17.

The publishers realize this change may cause some readers to abandon East Alabama Sports Today, but it’s their hope the strong local sports coverage you have enjoyed these past two and a half years has earned continued support.

“There still is going to be limited free content,” Wright said, “but our premium partners will have access to everything.”

During its existence, East Alabama Sports Today has become a reliable source for breaking news and compelling stories that aren’t found in other media. It has continually beaten other media sources on significant local stories such as the White Plains championship rings controversy, Anniston basketball coach Schuessler Ware’s retirement and numerous other coaching changes and, of course, provides the most complete local golf coverage in the area.

Of course, with a pay model comes the added responsibility for the website to provide the content expected by the readers. It is our intention to continue bringing you insightful writing and compelling photography from all the sports in our area. — By East Alabama Sports Today

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