State of the Hall: October 25

  • 10/25/2016 10:41 am in

After a glance back at the archives recently, we realized that we haven’t given a “state of the hall” update in more than three years. We’re due.

As we prepare to cover our 10th season of Indiana basketball (and sixth from press row), we want to thank those who have been reading us since June of 2007 as well as the new readers who have joined us over the years. It’s truly an honor to serve you.

Our staff for the season will consist of editors Alex Bozich and Ryan Corazza, photographer Jamie Owens and students Hailey Hernandez and Josh Margolis. We look forward to our best season of coverage yet.

In the early years of the site, the “state of the hall” was typically a call for readers to support us via donations as we attempted to do things like travel to road games, the NCAA tournament and various AAU events. In 2012, that changed with the launch of the premium forum.

The forum continues to flourish and later this year, we’ll be making some updates to make it more modern. It’s the logical next step as most of our focus over the last 12 months has been on design, usability and speed improvements to the main site.

We encourage anyone who covets more in-depth discussion and interaction with the staff to give the forum a try. Not only does it help support the site and its long term future, it’s a passionate community of knowledgable Indiana fans.

In addition to the forum, we wanted to mentioned a couple of other ways to support the site as the season grows closer.

Earlier in the fall, we launched an Inside the Hall branded store over on Underground Printing. All sales in the store help support the site directly.

If you’re in the market for tickets to a game this season, our schedule page has links to the Seatgeek marketplace for nearly every game. Through an affiliate deal with Seatgeek, using those links from the schedule page to purchase tickets will directly help support the site.

For Podcast on the Brink listeners, we ask you to consider leaving a review on our iTunes page.

We also launched a newsletter in September, which you can sign up for free of charge at this link.

And finally, we wanted to share a few brief thoughts on the state of our industry. As independent publishers, one of the biggest challenges we face is ad blocking. It’s not something we’ve discussed much in this space, but it’s something we discuss frequently internally and with our advertising partners.

Everything on the main site is free because of advertising, so it’s important to us that our readers understand the potential impact of ad blocking on our sustainability. While we realize that it is an individual’s choice to block ads, we also ask that you consider adding us to your whitelist if you are using a tool to block ads. Many publishers are moving to strategies like blocking content for those using ad blocking, which is not a course of action we even want to consider.

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

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  • IUDan

    State of the Hall? Better than ever – thanks to Alex and team, and the readers and contributors – by far the best IU site on the web!

  • Courtney Graber

    I enjoy this site so much. Thank you to Alex and the staff for all you do.

    Sincerely,

  • moanders

    Just whitelisted this domain. Didn’t even think about your point when I installed adblocking software! I will GLADLY tolerate ads if it helps you cover IUBB.

  • Arch Puddington

    I, too have whitelisted ITH. Should have done so a long time ago.

  • Thanks, gentlemen. Appreciate that.

  • David Macer

    And moderators like IUDan and HF76.

  • HuntinHoosier86

    I second the comment that this is far and away the best IUBB site on the web (including the university’s bball homepage!). Thank you all so much for everything that you do. I’ve been following ITH since I found out Cody Zeller was committing to the program years ago and I truly don’t think I’ve missed an article or (sometimes heated) comments section. Don’t know if I’d make it through a work day in accounting without checking ITH a few times a day. GO HOOSIERS!!!

  • mckillio

    Added to the white list.

  • Drew

    I can assure anyone who may be considering that the forum is well worth the price. This is far and away the best place to go for anything related to Indiana basketball.

  • dwdkc

    Also want to plug the Forum. There are some really good regular commenters here on the main site I don’t see there, and you’d be a good addition. But the discussions and info are both topnotch and frequently the humor is too (many coffee sputterings in the morning). But perhaps the best reason to join is, if you appreciate the site, it’s a big help to allowing these guys to do this site although very cheap for us individually.

  • Eastwood88_2

    The insight to IUBB is fantastic. I have been here since 2008 and joined the forum two years ago. I noticed several posters I enjoyed to read were no longer here. Found them in the forum. If you are not in, get it done. Totally worth it. We are a great basketball community. Best fans in the nation!

  • marcusgresham

    My daughter is a junior in high school and plans to major in photography at IU so if Jamie Owens wants to give up the job in two years I’m sure she’d gladly take it!

  • Spooky

    I know I will not block any ads regardless if I can or not. Obviously you guy’s at ITH work so hard for us ‘free-readers’, it seems like a sin to block your income from advertisements! Not me! Thank You, ITH, for keeping my broke self informed of IU basketball! I LOVE YOU!

  • Whitelisted. Sorry for not thinking about that earlier. Thanks for the nudge.

  • Miamihoosier

    Been with you guys since late 08, but for some reason never joined the forum. This post reminded me of the many reasons that was wrong. Just signed up. Thanks for everything you guys do! I know this site means a lot to so many people and I want to make sure it is around and thriving when my 6 yr old son is old enough to enjoy like i do.

  • sarge

    Okay, I know I have probably asked this before, but how much is the premium forum? I have been kicking around the idea of the forum ever since I knew it existed. Unfortunately, I don’t have much extra to spend other than family necessities. I really do enjoy this site, and agree with everyone that is it the most comprehensive for IU hoops that there is. Maybe this year I can get on the ITH forum with some help from Santa?!? Please let me know, and once again thank you to all of the staff, writers and moderators for making this site as good as it can be. I appreciate all the hard work and love my fellow Hoosiers.

  • $34.95 a year. The price has remained the same since launch. Less than $3 a month.

  • sarge

    Thank you Alex, and well worth the price based off what others have been saying about the premium forum. Heck, I think it is worth that for the free site. Looking forward to joining the premium forum! Go Hoosiers!

  • TomJameson

    dwdkc said it well (above), and I totally agree. It is well worth it! Lot of very informed contributors on this site, but even more so in the forum. Statisticians that do a ton of work, then present results in an understandable fashion (I really appreciate that a lot …lol). There are ex-coaches from different levels, ex-basketball players, folks in and around the IU basketball program, and a large bunch of folks of all ages, that absolutely love IU Basketball.

    Plus it is well run. Alex and staff do an absolutely incredible job of presenting content in a professional way. Seriously, the best content I’ve seen for IU basketball anywhere. Simply said, it is a fantastic site and the best bargain anywhere!

    And no, I’m not tooting that horn because I work there or get any kickbacks, just telling it like it is.

  • dwdkc

    Nice to see and welcome to the Forum, good to have you.

  • bleeding crimson

    There is no better IU basketball site….bar none…..period.
    Keep up the great work guys.

  • bleeding crimson

    I never have blocked the ads and I like to look at the pic’s of the women from time to time….wait did I just say that out loud…..