Inside Women's Basketball
Saturday, October 22, 2011
When I found out that Inside Women's Basketball had been awarded the New Media grant.... I was thrilled, flattered, ecstatic and given a new sense of hope that the work I have been doing for the last two years was for a purpose. The next emotion was a mild sense of panic and a huge sense of responsibility that I now have to accomplish the goal my heart desired, to create the premiere web, mobile and social destination for women's basketball.
The first order of business was to bring on board colleagues in the business who I respect and believe would help accomplish the goals spelled out in the grant process. Prior to being awarded the grant I had begun talks with Cheryl Coward, the owner of Hoopfeed.com & Lee Michaelson the owner of Fullcourt.com, about the possibility of merging all three of our sites. The idea being to pool our resources and be able to have a more thorough nationwide coverage map of women's basketball. Also, by pooling our respective audiences, we would increase viewership and put the new product in a place to better reach advertising sales goals.
To get the ball rolling, I hosted a weekend retreat at my home in Atlanta. The three of us kicked off the weekend by attending an Atlanta Dream game, the Eastern Conference Champions in the WNBA.