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O’Ree-O-Rama: NHL Pulls Out the Stops for Pioneer’s Number Retirement

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Good morning! The Bruins finally retired Willie O’Ree’s No. 22 last night. The ceremony, which was originally scheduled for last season but was postponed due to the pandemic, took place on the 64th anniversary of O’Ree breaking the NHL’s color barrier in 1958. As you can see in the photo above, O’Ree, who’s now 86, participated remotely but was not able to attend in person.

There were lots of components to this event — some fairly conventional, others less so. One at a time (for most of these photos, you can click to enlarge):

• The Bruins had commemorative pregame T-shirts:

• As is now standard for NHL number retirements, the Bruins all wore O’Ree’s number during their pregame skate — but with the added touch of having O’Ree’s signature on the back uni number:

• The Bruins’ opponents last night, the Hurricanes, also wore pregame No. 22 jerseys, but without O’Ree’s signature (as an aside, note the little modification to goalie Frederik Andersen’s pants):

• The two teams warmed up with commemorative pucks:

• O’Ree’s number was painted on the ice behind the nets:

•  The Bruins wore a commemorative patch during the game:

• And they also wore O’Ree’s number on the back of their helmets:

• In addition, all 16 NHL teams playing last night, including the the Bruins and Hurricanes, wore “Willie O’Ree Night” helmet decals:

• There was also a pregame tribute to O’Ree at each of last night’s games. This was the scene at the Isles/Flyers game in Philadelphia:

I suspect the NHL may make Willie O’Ree Night an annual Jan. 18 event, much like MLB has done with Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente.

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ITEM! Important Uni Watch publishing news: Today I have important news to share with you about some changes that are afoot here at Uni Watch:

• First, my recent InsideHook piece on the NBA’s Christmas uniforms will be my last Uni Watch piece for IH (although I hope to do some food or culture articles for them later this year).

• Second, now that I’m no longer doing Uni Watch pieces for InsideHook, my annual season previews for the Big Four pro leagues will be moving to my Bulletin column/newsletter.

• And third, starting in the first week of February, my weekly Bulletin pieces will become paywalled.

I realize that’s a lot to process, so let’s shift into FAQ mode:

So InsideHook got tired of paying you, eh?

No, they wanted me back for another year, at least for the season previews. But I decided not to do that.

Why?

Several reasons:

• First, while I like the people at InsideHook and also like the publication itself (it has developed into a really good site — recommended!), it’s never been a great editorial fit for Uni Watch and I always felt a little bit out of my element there (sort of like when I wrote about consumer culture for Spin in the late 1990s — good people, fun work, not a great fit, ended after a year). I’m grateful that IH offered me a place to do feature-length work after my gigs at ESPN and Sports Illustrated both went bust in 2019, but I decided it was time to make a change. The parting was very amicable on both sides, and I hope to do keep doing some non-uni writing for them.

• Second, and relatedly, once I started writing for Bulletin last summer, that meant Uni Watch was split across three different platforms: the blog, Bulletin, and InsideHook. That’s a confusing situation for the Uni Watch “brand” (for lack of a better term), and I thought it would be better to consolidate things a bit.

• Third, InsideHook, like most webmagazines, has ads that appear randomly amidst the text — sometimes in between paragraphs that were supposed to have a setup/punchline structure, or in other annoying places. I don’t blame IH for this — that’s just the nature of conventional internet media. (Obviously, there are lots of ads here on the blog as well, although I’ve avoided putting them in the middle of articles.) Bulletin, on the other hand, has no ads — it’s a very clean presentation. I’m really happy that the annual season previews will now appear in an ad-free setting.

• Finally: Sure, could’ve just kept the season previews on IH and taken the very reasonable paydays that they offered in return. But I’m hoping that the subscription revenue from the newly paywalled Bulletin content will more than make up for that (and will also help to support operations here on the blog). In short, I’m betting on myself (and, in a way, on all of you folks). I like that approach better than being beholden to another media enterprise.

You said the Bulletin paywall will go into effect “the first week of February.” Can you be more specific?

I usually do my Bulletin columns on either Thursdays or Fridays. This week’s (which I think you’ll really like!) and next week’s will both be free and publicly available, just like all my previous Bulletin work. But the one that’s published the week after that (likely on either Feb. 3 or 4) will be behind the paywall.

How much will the Bulletin subscription cost?

$4 a month, or $35 a year.

Bulletin is owned by Facebook, or Meta, or whatever they’re calling it this week. I hate them, and I will never pay one thin dime for anything associated with them, so I will not be paying to subscribe.

I’m sorry to hear that, but I understand.

I don’t necessarily hate Facebook, but I’d rather not give them any money. Will any of my subscription fee go to them?

No, at least for the next year and a half. My Bulletin contract stipulates that 100% of the subscription revenue goes to Uni Watch up through mid-June of 2023. After that, Facebook can skim a percentage of the revenue (probably about 10%, which is what Substack skims) — but at that point I’ll also be free to leave Bulletin if I choose, so I could take the paywalled gig to Substack or some similar outlet. It’s way too early to know how that will play out, but we’ll see.

It seems pretty sneaky to offer the Bulletin content for free for half a year and then suddenly impose a paywall.

Actually, when I announced last July that I’d be writing for Bulletin, I said, “I’ve decided to make all my Bulletin content free for at least a few months, and probably through the end of 2021. After that, I might charge a small fee — a few bucks a month, say — or I might not. We’ll see.” So this is all consistent with what I said at the outset of the Bulletin gig. I try to be as transparent as possible with you folks!

Okay, so let’s say I’m willing to pay $4 a month, or $35 a year, or whatever. What do I get for my money?

You’ll get at least 48 Uni Watch pieces per year (four per month, just like I’ve been doing since last July), and probably a few more. These pieces will all be substantial and lengthy — or at least lengthy-ish. While nothing is set in stone, I expect that those 48 articles will include:

• The MLB, NFL, NHL, and NBA season previews.

• Four Uni Watch Power Rankings pieces — one for each of the Big Four leagues. (There may also be other occasional ranking- or grading-based articles, like last week’s piece in which I graded team renamings.)

• Four “Ask Me Anything” columns (like this one).

• Three or four design contests.

• The annual Uni Watch Holiday Gift Guide.

• The Super Bowl and World Series previews, maybe. (I sometimes skip these if they seem redundant, based on which teams are participating. For example, at some point I ran out of things to say about the Patriots’ uniforms. But if this year’s Super Bowl turns out to be between, say, the Bills and Rams, I’ll definitely be doing a preview column!)

That accounts for at least 16 pieces right there, and maybe more. The remaining 30ish pieces will be much like the Bulletin content I’ve been doing for the past six months — interviews (like this one with Astros authentication manager Mike Acosta), think pieces (like this one on “conceptual” retired numbers), deep dives (like this one on Buck Showalter), and so on. If you need to refresh your memory further, all my Bulletin work is here.

In addition, I’ll occasionally do subscriber-only livestreamed events. Some, like the Facebook Live session I did last week, will just be me talking into the camera; others may include special guests from the uni-verse.

I’m also very open to feedback and suggestions from the subscriber base. I won’t necessarily follow every suggestion or grant every request, but since you folks will be paying for this content, I want to make you happy.

As I mentioned earlier, all of this will be presented in an ad-free format, and you’ll receive it in your email in-box in addition to being able to read it on the web.

You mentioned the Big Four season previews, but what about the college football and college hoops previews?

After a lot of thought and consideration, I’ve reluctantly decided to stop doing the college previews. There are just too many schools (130 for football, 350 for basketball), too many uniforms, too many media relations reps whose comings and goings I’ve given up trying to keep track of. Nearly every school gets some kind of new uniform every season now, which on the one hand is an insane amount of stuff to keep track of, and on the other hand feels pointless when most of it will just disappear after one season anyway.

Working on the CFB preview has basically swallowed my month of August for many years running (yes, even though I take a break from the blog), and I couldn’t help but notice that my quality of life improved immeasurably when I skipped the college hoops preview this past fall. I feel bad about letting these two annual columns fall out of the Uni Watch portfolio, but I feel like they’ve grown too big for me to handle. I’ll still keep covering college sports on the blog and the Ticker as events warrant, of course, but I can’t do the season previews anymore. I’m sorry.

What will happen to the Bulletin work you’ve already done over the past six months? Will it move behind the paywall or will it remain available on the web?

All my pre-paywall Bulletin work — including this week’s and next week’s articles — will remain freely available to all. The paywall will only apply to Bulletin articles published after next week.

If I go to your Bulletin home page after the paywall goes up, what will I see?

You’ll still see a chronological listing of all my Bulletin articles, including the paywalled ones (which will have a little star icon next to them). If you click on one of the paywalled articles, it will take you to a page that shows the first paragraph or two of the article, and then a notice that you need to be a paying subscriber to continue reading (just like you’ve probably seen on lots of other websites).

I currently subscribe to your Bulletin content, but I don’t plan to pay for it. What will happen to my subscription?

You’ll still technically be subscribed, but you will no longer receive any “premium” content via email. I may still occasionally do non-paywalled articles, so you’ll receive those if and when they happen.

Sure, I’m willing to pay for this. But I don’t have a Facebook account — do I need to have one in order to get the paywalled subscription?

Yes. You’ll have to go to Facebook’s home page and create a new account in order to pay for Bulletin content. Sorry about that — I realize it’s annoying.

I don’t hate Facebook, and I understand that none of the money will be going to them, but I’ve managed to live a rich and fulfilling existence without having Facebook in my life in any way, and I’d prefer to keep it that way. Not being on Facebook has kind of become part of my identity! Isn’t there some other way to pay?

I really do understand. I don’t use Instagram — not because I hate it, but because at some point I had to draw the line on social media in order to maintain my sanity, and that’s where I happened to draw it.

All of that said, signing up for a Facebook account just so you can pay for a Bulletin subscription shouldn’t involve you with Facebook in any way beyond the payment itself. Once you register with them, you can go to the Bulletin payment portal and make your purchase just like any other web transaction. I hope that won’t be a dealbreaker, but I understand if it is.

Will these changes have any impact on what’s happening here on the blog?

They shouldn’t, no (although everything is always subject to change, of course).

Okay, I’m ready to sign up! Where do I pay?

Hold off for now. The paywall won’t go into effect for another two weeks or so, so there’s no need for you to start paying for something that’s still free for now. I’ll make sure everyone knows when it’s time to sign up.

I want to spread the wealth! Can I donate a subscription?

Somewhat incredibly, there’s currently no way for you to do that. But I have made it abundantly clear to the higher-ups that they need to add that functionality pronto (and I’m told that many of my fellow Bulletin writers have made the same request). Hopefully they’ll have it in place by the time the paywall goes up.

You’re always complaining about corporate greed, but who’s the one being greedy now? YOU!

I don’t think asking a reasonable, fair price in return for some of my best content in an ad-free setting is greedy (especially after providing so many years of free content). But if that’s how you feel, you’re certainly entitled to that view. We’ll have to agree to disagree.

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I think that covers everything from my end. If you have additional questions, feel free to post them in today’s comments and I’ll do my best to respond. Thanks!

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Supply and Demand: Our Uni Watch Chain-Stitched Patch is now sold out. I’m willing to restock them, but my cost on these is nearly $30 a pop, so I’ll only order more if there’s enough demand for them.

The patches are roughly 6″ by 6″. Your price wil be $35 plus $2 for shipping. If you’re interested, let me know. Thanks!

Also: In case you missed it earlier this week, prices have been reduced on a bunch of Uni Watch products:

• Seam rippers, originally $5, are now $3.

• Koozies, originally $5, are now $3.

• Trading cards, originally $6 and then reduced to $3, are now $2.

• Magnets, originally $3, are now $2.

• Custom-designed membership cards, normally $25, are now $20.

These items all mail out from Uni Watch HQ, so you can save on shipping charges by mixing/matching items. Email me and I can give you a combined shipping charge for the items you’re interested in. Thanks!

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The Ticker
By Lloyd Alaban

Baseball News: The NHL’s Dallas Stars wore Rangers-themed warm-up jerseys last night (from multiple readers). … A sportswriter argues that the Yankees have retired too many numbers and did the math on when they would run out of numbers (from our own Phil Hecken). … The Reds’ fantasy camp has a very cool rehab-themed Mr. Redlegs logo (from @indywestie). … The Orioles have unveiled renderings of the new dimensions in left field at Camden Yards (from Kary Klismet). … Also from Kary: Arkansas has revealed its rings for winning last season’s SEC Championship. … The 1982 Sigourney High School (Iowa) baseball team wore some unusual collars (from Brad Eenhuis). … the Single-A Fresno Grizzlies announced four alternate identities that they’ll use this season (from Aaron Wiens). … New 10th-anniversary logo for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, affiliate of the Marlins (from @DaveGH2P). … New identity for the Sugar Land Skeeters, affiliate of the Astros, coming on Jan. 29. An MLB source has confirmed they will be called the Space Cowboys. Here’s a leaked logo (from multiple readers).

NFL News: Mono-white for the Bengals this Saturday (from our own Phil Hecken). … Fans who purchase Super Bowl tickets will also receive collectible NFTs.

Hockey News: The Stars wore Texas Rangers-themed warm-ups last night (from multiple readers). … The ECHL’s Fort Wayne Komets wore MLK-themed sweaters on Monday.

Basketball News: Color vs. color last night for Western Michigan vs. Akron men’s. Here’s another look (from multiple readers). … Miami of Ohio men’s wore red at home last night, with road team Ohio wearing white (from our own Alex Hider). … Texas A&M men’s will wear 1979-80 throwbacks tonight (from Phil). … Houston men’s wore “Game of the Century” throwbacks last night (from Mark Shainbrown).

Soccer News: New kit manufacturer for the San Diego Loyal of the USL Championship (from Ed Zelaski). … Malawi’s Africa Cup of Nations shirts have ginormous numbers (from Kary Klismet).

Olympics News: The Czech Republic has revealed its opening ceremony uniforms (from Kary Klismet).

Grab Bag: Following up on yesterday’s Ticker: This is Richmond’s AFL Women’s Pride guernsey. It’s one of the four not shown yesterday (from our own Jamie Rathjen). … The following three items are from Kary Klismet: Here’s how the staff uniforms for London’s new NoMad Hotel were created. … Senate candidate Mehmet Oz’s campaign logo is nearly identical to his TV show’s logo (from multiple readers). … The U.S. Air Force will release new maternity uniforms this spring (from Timmy Donahue).

Comments (59)

    re: Bulletin – I think this is a great idea and have been wondering if and when you were going to take this route. I’ve been following the site since 2008 and will sign up.

    Also on the Willie O’Ree ceremony, former Bruin Anson Carter helped bring out the banner to the ice wearing the B’s jersey from the era he played, not a current one. Couldn’t find a picture however was another nice detail touch.

    Was honestly a bit blindsided by the bulletin paywall announcement as I had seemed to miss the initial post talking about said paywall. But only four dollars a month to support a website that I already browse daily AND get more in depth articles? Can’t really complain there. Excited to see where this leads the Uni Watch team!

    Paul – I really appreciate how you handle what could be delicate topics like charging for your content. The FAQ demonstrates you’ve put some thought in this and realize not everyone is going to be happy but you feel it’s the right decision for your content. I hope this change in direction is beneficial to you professionally and the Uni-Watch community.

    Excited for you Paul – it’s great to see you bet on yourself and I’m convinced it’ll pay dividends. I was just telling my wife the other day, “if Uni-Watch goes behind a paywall, that’ll be the one site that I’ll most certainly pay for.”

    I completely agree, Zach! Uni Watch is a daily read for me and I am so grateful for the commUNIty we’re all a part of. $35 a year to support Paul and the excellent work that he does?!?! NO BRAINER!!!!

    I agree, Zach and Tyler! Both of you said what I was going to say – sign me up!

    Thumbs up Paul. Makes a lot of sense from a business standpoint and I appreciate you keeping the price point reasonable. Also as others have stated, appreciate how you broke this down for the community.

    Looking forward to Bulletin being the place for previews, I really like the format. My wallet is ready!

    Congrats and best wishes on the shift to Bulletin! Sad to have to reopen my Facebook account, but I’ll do it for Uni Watch.

    Just one question that wasn’t addressed in the FAQ – will subscribers receive the “premium” articles in their inboxes, or will we have to navigate to Bulletin and and login? I realize emailing the articles probably defeats the purpose of a paywall, but I like your current model with Bulletin, because I don’t have to actually click on any Facebook links.

    Thanks, Pete (and thanks also to everyone else who’s posting supportive comments today).

    To answer your question: Paying subscribers will still get the paywalled articles via email. Non-paying subscribers will not.

    I love saying today’s headline out loud, “O’Ree-o-Rama.” Love it!

    I’m a little baffled by the Stars/Rangers crossover. Putting another NHL team’s name on your jerseys (even only for warmups) is a strange move.

    Congrats Paul! I’ll be there!
    So many à la carte news outlets, it’s hard to keep up with paying for all of them, but in the rigamaroll of when the Uni Watch Blog might have shifted to a pay structure some years ago, I realized I’m so in the comm-Uni-ty and I’d never want to miss your amazing work on this incredibly nerdy thing that’s a part of me. I was ready to pay for your work then, and I’m still getting used to paying for content when a lot is free, but I’ll be ready when it’s time to pay up.

    As long as FB isn’t skimming any of the money, I’ll gladly bite the bullet and deal with them to make sure Paul and the crew get paid. All together, the content on Bulletin and here is worth a hell of a lot more than $4 per month. Happy to have an opportunity to support the good work being done by Uni Watch.

    I do have an issue with the design of the Willie O’Ree banner created by the Bruins.
    I do not like the split years 1957-1958 and 1960-1961. I think 1958-1961 would have been a better compromise.
    Willie didn’t play in calendar year 1957, with his historically significant debut coming on January 18, 1958. Adding 1957 causes confusion in my eyes.
    Even though he didn’t play in the NHL 1959, I think it’s okay including that because of Boston’s past practice with other players who missed some years, but were still members of the organization at the time.
    As an example, Milt Schmidt’s banner does not exclude the three seasons he missed due to serving Canada in WWII.

    You got me reading Inside Hook and it’s now one of my staples. It’s a really enjoyable site overall, so thanks for that! On the other hand, I am one of those anti-facebook people that’s not ready to open even a dummy account to allow them to track me, so I selfishly hope you find Bulletin to be awful and move to a different platform. :P I don’t read it now for that same reason, but I’d be happy to pay on a different platform.

    I realize you don’t care much about one potential subscriber, but if you ever do reconsider it, here’s one small data point to say you’d at least get one more subscriber outside of their platform.

    The subject of teams like the Yankees eventually running out of numbers ALWAYS makes me think of the Futurama episode where Leila plays for the Mets and everyone is wearing fractions for numbers

    Paul,

    As someone who recently tried to reactivate their deleted Facebook account, it is not as simple as you might think. They make it impossible to get it back without either having Facebook “Friends” verify your identity or by sending them a picture of a legal document that proves you are who you say you are. I ended up giving up on the process since I haven’t spoken to the people it suggested I contact in several years (since deleting my account) and I refuse to send Facebook a copy of my passport/driver’s license since they demand that they store it on their servers for at least a year (but say they can keep it longer if they want no matter what I say). Given data leaks from other large companies, you can see why that would be a concern. I tried using a ‘junk email’ address to make a new account and they told me my name wasn’t real so they needed the same proof. (I also emailed them to try and talk to a customer service rep and got no response.)

    I would love to continue reading your content, just as I have for the last 20ish years, and would happily pay for it, but moving it behind a paywall associated with Facebook means I have no avenue to do so (and I fear I’m not alone in this regard). I don’t fault you for their processes, I’m just upset that I won’t be able to read your work, especially the season previews.

    If there is some way to get around having a Facebook account (which I know you said wasn’t possible right now) or you can speak with your Facebook contacts to work with those of us that are having, or will have, trouble accessing Bulletin that would be great.

    Thanks for ‘listening’ and for all the great work you do.

    Count me as one of those people that has no problem paying for a Bulletin subscription but has an issue with signing up for a Facebook account.

    Do I really need to provide a proof of who I am to sign up for Facebook?!? I was hoping to just create a fake name account just to sign up for Bulletin. But if I have to provide my real name (which I’m reluctant to use), will people be able to see my name and send me friend requests? My worry is not that I’ll see the request but that someone like my aunt will contact me asking why I haven’t accepted her friend request.

    Or as a workaround, can I get someone I know that has Facebook and have them sign up for Bulletin? But then would I need to use their Facebook login/password to access Bulletin articles?

    Sorry to be a pain but it sounds like you understand where me (and many others?) are coming from. Thanks.

    Thank you for looking into it Paul. Hopefully they can help.

    Hershky, I didn’t understand the name thing either. It’s not like my name is unique or spelled in an unconventional way. Once you have an account there are ways to hid it so people can’t search or send you friend requests if that is a concern.

    I don’t know how Bulletin works, but you might be able to log in as someone else just to pay, but have the articles sent to a different email address? Not sure if they have to be sent to the email associated with the Facebook account or not.

    I don’t normally argue (on this website at least), but since you & I have the same name, I just want to go on record as disagreeing with you re the Bengals mono-whites.
    They are lame and look more like zebras than tigers.

    Have a nice day.

    Lee

    Paul,

    Is there any way to tie a discount to the Bulletin Membership (Annual only) if you are a Card Carrying Uni Watch Member? Not really looking for a discount but for creating additional value to the Membership program.

    Saving comment on the pay changes for now
    I’ll just ask:
    Is Sigourney High School’s nickname”The Weavers?”

    RE: Space Cowboys

    Did they ask Steve Miller?

    Will be he throw out the first first pitch?

    Will the mascot be named Maurice?

    I’ve really enjoyed your Bulletin articles and as I started reading your FAQ about moving to a subscription model I had no hesitation about whether the content is worth the price — it definitely is for me. But then I got to the part where a Facebook account is required to do so, and I’m sorry but no. I’ll still be hanging out here every day, so if you ever move to a different platform for your longform content I’ll be among the first to join you there. In the meantime, I wish you all the best.

    Been a close follower/reader since 2006 and would gladly pay for content. I won’t pay for anything associated with Facebook/Meta, though, even if they don’t technically receive
    any money from it initially. So, I’m very said that I’ll be missing some columns, especially season previews. But this is where I draw the line. I hope you’ll move somewhere else in the future.

    Best of luck. I think as a general direction, though, you are making the right decision to create paywalled content.

    I’ve gotten so much great content over the years I’ll happily subscribe for $35 a year. If you can find a way to gift a subscription I’ll happy contribute to get one for someone who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford one.

    Happy to continue to support Uni-Watch in this next chapter.

    Will new, exclusive Bulletin articles ever find their way to the broader Uni-Watch website?

    Will new, exclusive Bulletin articles ever find their way to the broader Uni-Watch website?

    No, sorry. That’s the whole point of the paywall.

    “You’re always complaining about corporate greed, but who’s the one being greedy now? YOU!

    I don’t think asking a reasonable, fair price in return for some of my best content in an ad-free setting is greedy (especially after providing so many years of free content). But if that’s how you feel, you’re certainly entitled to that view. We’ll have to agree to disagree.”

    As Shea Serrano likes to say, pay people for the cool stuff that they make so they can continue to make cool stuff. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion, but I think this is a very, very fair price and good idea. I hope your bet on yourself is successful, Paul!

    Paul…

    You’ve outlined very well the content you will be providing subscribers via Bulletin.
    Question: What is Bulletin requiring of you?

    What are the odds of the Uni-Watch blog eventually getting absorbed behind the Bulletin paywall? I assume you have at least considered it to a degree.

    Re CFB and CBB previews, you currently outsource* the ticker, why not the previews too? Seems like someone/people would be happy to help out?
    * – Forgive me if the term “outsource” isn’t the correct term for the relationships you have with the folks who compile the ticker.

    Finally, I refuse to believe there was ever a person named Willie O’Ree, too implausible.

    Lee

    What is Bulletin requiring of you?

    Nothing, except that I’m contractually obligated to deliver four Uni Watch pieces per month. I choose the topics, the subject matter, the treatment, the days when things will be published, etc., just like I do here on the blog. Nobody approves or oversees my choices. Similarly, the decision to monetize the content was completely mine.

    What are the odds of the Uni-Watch blog eventually getting absorbed behind the Bulletin paywall?

    I’d say the odds are very low — close to zero, but not zero. One of the problems with creating a paywall over on Bulletin is that I’m competing with myself by giving away content for free here on the blog. If the subscription rate over on Bulletin turns out to be really low, I might shift more content over there, just to entire more people to subscribe. But I’d be very surprised (and, frankly, disappointed) if that ends up happening.

    Re CFB and CBB previews, you currently outsource* the ticker, why not the previews too? Seems like someone/people would be happy to help out?

    I still edit and oversee each day’s Ticker, even the ones I don’t write. Editing the CFB and CBB previews would be almost as much work as compiling them. Not gonna happen — sorry.

    Like others have mentioned, it makes sense to charge for good stuff. I’m only out because of FB – if you chose a more ethical partner, I’d be all in. All the best to you, Paul!

    Would be more than willing to pay for UW on a platform that has no association with Facebook/Meta, but I don’t fault you for the move. I’ll still follow you on Twitter and try to support you through buying UW merch.

    I’ll happily pay $35 a year to support you — I pay more for other things and get a hell of a lot less value. This supports a great writer and a great person, so for me it’s a slam dunk.

    Just adding in that I am another tally in the column of I have no problem paying for some of your content, but am not a fan of requiring a Facebook account/associating my payment information with Facebook. Would have no issue if it was with a more ethical company or an alternative way to pay w/o Facebook.

    No problem paying $35 for Uni Watch content! While I feel gross spending money at arguably the most destructive company in American history, I will begrudgingly do so. Cynicism covers a lot of hypocrisy, including my own.

    I’ve been reading Uni Watch since before this blog existed and when you talked in the past about possibly moving content behind a paywall I was 100% on board with paying for some of your work as you do a ton of work and deliver a lot of entertaining and important stories. $4 a month is a perfectly reasonable price to pay.

    But I am also not comfortable with paying if the platform is Facebook. Sorry, I understand your argument, but I find sending any money to Facebook to be morally a line I can’t cross. If you ever choose to put your content on a different platform, however, I will gladly sign up.

    Another non-Facebook person here… so I won’t be signing up to read the content over there. I dropped FB five years ago and they won’t get anymore information/data from me. But good luck to you.

    I will definitely pay for a subscription. That is a very fair and reasonable price for your great writing. For those of us who “get it”, it seems like a no-brainer. Anything to keep our friend Paul doing what he loves is important! Now I just need to get around to ordering a Membership Card!

    I don’t mind paying for a subscription for the content on Facebook. However, I am subscribed to your articles, but I never get an email. So I have missed a bunch of articles because I have to manual check it. Can that be fixed?

    Matt, I emailed you at the address you use for Uni Watch comments (begins with “appl”). If you didn’t see or receive that email, please contact me at link. Thanks!

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