The Last Picture Show
Over a month ago, Mike Fasano announced that he would no longer be a part of the site as of May 1st, 2004. Since that time, Netwhispers, Dan Welch, and I have been considering what we were going to do as a site. After a lot of soul searching, we decided that, though the site is a labor of love, we could not continue to manage the site.
It was not an easy decision, but the administrative overhead along with the demands of our personal and business lives would make it extremely difficult to continue managing the site. Unless we are able to restructure, we will not manage Rutgers.theinsiders.com as of May 1, 2004.
The management of the insiders will be looking for well-qualified people to replace us. Until May 1, 2004, we will continue to provide you with the best Rutgers sports information on the Internet. Therefore, those people who signed up for a year contract, on or before May 1, 2003, will have our services for a year. For those who sign up for a year contract after May 1, 2004 and are unhappy after we leave, the Insiders will provide them with a refund of the unused portion of their subscription.
Above I mentioned restructuring; the demands of the site are hard for us to handle without more assistance. To that end, we are looking for people (students, alumni, football fans, etc) who can help us with the site. We are looking for people to do the morning links, write stories, and help troubleshoot administrative issues.
What is the pay-off for you? Well, you will have the opportunity to take a look at the program from the other side. You will have a chance to interface with the Rutgers beat writers, the coaches, and the media relations department. You will have an opportunity to talk to the recruits and have another view of the recruiting process. You will also have access to all of the premium information throughout the Insiders.com world.
Please be aware that this is not easy work and we have had a number of people attempt to help only to find themselves overwhelmed. We are looking for people who are committed and in it for the long haul.
Finally, this would help to save the Mike and the Big Dog site. It can not function in its current state.
If you are interested, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike received an email last week from a fan asking Mike why he had renewed the fan's yearly subscription since Mike and the Big Dog's is ending on May 1, 2004.
The fact is that Mike hadn't renewed that fan's subscription. The fan had just failed to cancel his subscription.
When fans sign up they get a notice that subscriptions automatically renew at the end of their term unless they are cancelled.
Once again, subscriptions are automatically renewed unless cancelled. We have deliberately given fans more than a year's notice of the site's departure so that they could cancel if they so wished. However, we can't cancel the subscription for you.
If you wish to cancel or not renew, go to "My Account" and log in.
Then go to "My Subscriptions" and take the necessary actions to cancel or non renew.
Donald "Big Dog"
Mike and the Big Dog LLC