State of the Hall: April 17, 2013

  • 04/17/2013 8:31 am in

It was another successful season of Indiana basketball coverage on Inside the Hall and while the journey did not end in Atlanta at the Final Four as many had hoped, we want to thank those who have been reading for years as well as the new readers we picked up during the course of the season. Our latest State of the Hall update is available after the jump.

In the past, our State of the Hall updates were mainly centered around a call to action from our readers to help support the site via donations to help sustain the level of coverage that you’ve all been accustomed to reading. That changed in October as we launched our premium forum and stopped taking donations as a result.

Six months after launch, we’re happy to report that the premium forum has been a success, but is far from a finished product. Some of the initial reaction to the forum brought the reaction we expected to come with change, but we’re well on our way to meeting our first-year goal for members and the feedback from those who participate has been very positive. As we said would be the case when we launched the forum, the site wouldn’t have many changes as a result and we’ve held true to that word.

In addition to the content we’ve provided for forum members over the first six months, we’ve also taken an active role in leading much of the discussion and interacting with members. The ability to have that direct dialogue with our readers is something we’ve all enjoyed and look forward to continue building upon.

On the main site, we introduced some significant content updates back in the fall, most notably a new player profile feature that acts as a homepage of sorts for every IU player with stats, recent news updates and photos. Film session also got a major overhaul during the season, as Ryan put an increased emphasis on improved graphics and taking a deeper dive into what makes or breaks a play.

Justin returned for a second season as the site’s beat writer and wrote a fantastic feature on Troy Williams which was backed by top notch reporting. In addition to our coverage of home games, we traveled to more road games than ever, as we had staff on site in Brooklyn for the Legends Classic as well as games at Purdue, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Iowa, Northwestern and freelancers at Penn State and Minnesota. We also covered the Big Ten and NCAA Tournaments in-person for the second straight season.

None of this would have been possible without the support of our readers, some of whom have been reading the site for nearly six years now. It’s amazing to look at how far things have come in such a short time in terms of both the improvement of the site and also the continued growth in readership. Our local sponsors like Joe’s Bar on Weed Street in Chicago and Underground Printing deserve a word of thanks as well for their unwavering support.

With our decision to discontinue donations, we’d like to close with some encouragement for more of you to join us on the premium forum. It acts as a donation of sorts in that it supports the continued growth of the community and also allows us to retain talent like Justin, who will return next season as our beat writer. And as our business continues to change and evolve, it’s important for us to continue adding new avenues for revenue, which the forum provides. Beyond that, you’re also getting an additional area to discuss IU basketball with other passionate members in a moderated, organized environment and additional content.

As always, thanks for reading Inside the Hall and we look forward to continue bringing you the best IU basketball coverage possible.

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  • Steve

    Hello I am Steve, and I’m an ITH addict.
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  • NervousWreck

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  • This was my first full season following ITH and I must say that it is an invaluable resource for someone like me. As a lifelong Indiana Basketball fan, living out of state, your site is how I stay connected and informed. I have also very much enjoyed the give and take with the other fans and whether we agree or disagree, it is always (well, almost always) an intellingent exchange of ideas and opinions. Thanks to Alex and the rest of the ITH staff. You helped make this past season great.

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  • IUfanPurduePhD

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    no you guys delete any comment you dont like even if its not vulgar which is BS

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    I feel they do a very good job of not allowing “trolling” or people to come on here and spread rumor with no fact or bash these kids (who ARE just kids, student athletes and not professional athletes performing a job for pay). If you want to spew that garbage all over a message board ESPN will gladly take you.

  • twarrior87

    I feel they do a very good job of not allowing “trolling” or people to come on here and spread rumor with no fact or bash these kids (who ARE just kids, student athletes and not professional athletes performing a job for pay). If you want to spew that garbage all over a message board ESPN will gladly take you.

  • twarrior87

    Going through and reading some of your posts maybe you should actually go chat with Harvard for Hillibillies on the Hoosier Scoop, you two could concoct some interesting conspiracy theories.

  • skotchie

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  • aaron51

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  • Will

    I think you should just do something similar to what Wikipedia does and ask for donations like twice a year. I don’t really care about a premium forum. But I do appreciate what you guys do and wouldn’t mind throwing a few bucks your way each year.

  • SCHoosier

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  • Pritch24

    I thank you guys for transforming me from being a little bit more than a casual fan to being a crazy fanatic of Hoosier basketball. There’s just more to love about the players and the team when we get your coverage of how these players are recruited. Following the 2012 class since their freshman year, simply because of the coverage on ITH, made it so much more special when they ran onto the floor at Hoosier Hysteria.

    Thank you Alex, Justin, and Ryan for making following the Hoosiers so much easier and fun, especially during the summer. The AAU and recruiting coverage is the best there is. Thanks guys.

  • Ole Man

    No need to argue with her. I have no idea why she is attacking everyone. I’m going to choose to ignore her and just agree/disagree about basketball and the Hoosiers.

  • Ole Man

    I’m an Honorably Discharged, 100% disabled Veteran.
    Want to try that again?
    And please, say what you want. From now on, I’m ignoring it unless it has something to do with basketball.

  • Kenneth234

    I absolutely love this site, and tell everyone that I know that loves the Hoosiers about it. I have also joined the forum, because I simply could not take the intrigue of not knowing just that much more content that I did not have access to. Needless to say, I have not been disappointed in any way with the decision to join the forum. The content and threads over there can be a real joy, especially following a tough game in which the negativity on the main site is too much to handle. I strongly recommend it to anyone curious about whether the content is worthy of monetary considerations. There are many very good conversations over there, and if you want to know something that isn’t or hasn’t been discussed, you can simply start a new thread and someone, if not a member of the fine team that ITH will give you the information that they have on hand. Something that is not always the easiest thing to do due to ethical concerns and developing situations. But they still do a really nice job of giving you the information that they can share and substantiate anything when the situation develops to the point in which it can be ethically released.

  • Gunman Jones

    No, your are not an honorably discharged veteran. You never served, my friend, that is simply not true. Someone who served would not make the statements you’ve made, I agree with anne and I agree with david. I am sorry to say that is how Hoosier nation really feels, you can be as feely goody on your chat-board as you want. You can delete all the messages you dont agree with, Hoosier Nation thinks this was an average team and Tom Crean is starting to feel the heat. Hoosier nation feels these kids Cody and Vic had a duty to come back, their poor choices are a reflection of their poor coaching. when one thinks of a Hoosier one thinks of the Iron Brigade (If you are a veteran than you know who these men were, we would not have a nation without them). Fearless, one thinks of sacrifice and commitment, not kids who go pro early because they are afraid they might get their pinky toe broken? They owe it to their alma mater (nourishing mother) This team didn’t bring us back from obscurity we would have come back with no one at the helm because we are Indiana. Don’t call it a comeback, we’ve been here for years. Hoosiers are eternally legendary. Not one of these kids on this team is even close to a legend. Cody and Vic average hoosiers on an average team in an average big ten, period. No sir you are no veteran.

  • Gunman Jones

    I agree you are 100% disabled

  • Gunman Jones

    I agree you are 100% disabled

  • Kelin Blab

    Folks definitely join the forum…..guys have some great stuff in there and features. Insiders Report on recruiting isn’t a ‘googled’ generated report but what is really going on with IU recruiting. Live Chats are as good as it gets and the topics in the forum are solid…..

    Join now you won’t regret it. If you act now you can get the Alex and Justin Chia Pet with your forum membership (joking but wouldn’t that be nice)


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