The magazine will consist of exclusive features, in-depth articles and beautiful photography in a glossy format similar to other high quality magazines like Sports Illustrated and ESPN The Magazine.
"We think it's time that Wildcat fans and our athletic teams had a quality magazine that is owned, designed and published by Kentucky fans. At the same time, it's important to realize the effect that the Internet has had on sports coverage. Thousands of Wildcat fans a day visit our website, BigBlueNation.com. In less than two months it's become the source for accurate, up-to-the-moment news and insight on UK athletic teams. However Big Blue Nation the Magazine will allow us to present stories and examine issues at a much higher level than what is done on the website. The winner will be Wildcat fans who can not get enough information on the best athletic program in the country," said Brian Poe, Big Blue Nation the Magazine Publisher.
Jim Heckman, CEO of TheInsiders and Citadel Publishing, agrees Big Blue Nation the Magazine represents the future of sports publishing. "The Internet has completely changed the team publishing business forever. It's obvious to me the weekly tabloid is entirely obsolete and at best, redundant. Why would anyone want to pay for a weekly publication? By the time it shows up, the news inside is either old and in some cases, has changed. The Internet, on the other hand, offers timely information by the hour. Nobody wants to read a 2,000-word article on his or her computer. Instead, fans need a magazine with beautiful photography, in-depth feature articles and most of all, a quality keepsake they can save for years as the only viable compliment to online information."
" Big Blue Nation the Magazine answers this need with a monthly, ALL GLOSS, color format and our goal is to create a magazine of such quality, that each magazine will last a lifetime as a collectors piece. We have now created the ultimate package for the true Wildcat fan: the best time-sensitive news on the web, complimented by a world-class feature-driven gloss magazine!"
Big Blue Nation the Magazine will debut August 1, 2002 and will be published on a monthly basis twelve times a year. Yearly subscriptions will sell for $39.99 with orders placed online at BigBlueNation.com.