Eight Reasons to Join the OBR

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As Browns fans, we love how coverage of the team has come along in recent years. Back in the early 90s and before, an out-of-town fan had to subscribe to a weekly newsletter to keep up with your favorite team. Now, there are websites and TV shows offering coverage on a daily basis.

With all this NFL coverage, you may be asking yourself why you should subscribe to site like the OBR providing "extra" coverage via a magazine and website. 

We think there are a lot of good reasons. Here are eight of them:


1. SUBSCRIBING TO THE OBR IS A BETTER VALUE THAN EVER

When you join PBS, you get a canvas bag or a coffee cup. When you buy an Annual TAP+ subscription ($99, or about $8 a month), you not only get all of our premium features but:

+ Premium features across the entire network: baseball, college, all of it*
+ Our monthly magazine, the favorite of Browns fans since 2001
+ The draft and season preview magazines
+ A year of Sports Illustrated
+ A $15 gift certificate to the amazing WhatIfSports.com
+ Premium articles containing analysis and scoops you can't find anywhere else
+ Premium subscriber-only forums and chats where you interact with our insiders
+ Tony Grossi's "Tales from the Browns Sideline" book (enter code BROWNSBOOK06 when ordering)


2. YOU HAVE HELPED US MAKE OUR COVERAGE BETTER THAN EVER

In addition to having more reporters than any other independent media outlet at each practice, we have added Sirius Radio NFL reporter Adam Caplan and infamous SportsTalk.com scoopmaster John Taylor in recent weeks. Two more participants will join us soon. There are now more articles, more chats, more special features from the OBR than ever before. Just in the last two months, the OBR has scooped every national and local outlet on stories like the start of the Wimbley negotiations, Wimbley's signing, specific teams interested in the Browns' RB Lee Suggs, and more.


3. FOX SPORTS DOESN'T PAY FOR THE OBR - YOUR SUBSCRIPTIONS DO

We may be part of Fox Sports now, but over 90% of our income comes from subscribers to our website and magazine. The rest comes from our advertisers. Our writers and participants receive no salaries or other compensation from Fox Sports for creating the OBR. Without subscribers, this site doesn't exist. If you enjoy the free features and forums on the OBR, please consider supporting us by becoming a subscriber.


4. THE OBR IS THE SITE THAT PUTS YOU FIRST

When you write the OBR, you get the guy in charge, and many fans can tell you how a single email gets us try to different things. We care about what you think. It's what drives us to improve. Our competitors are beholden to the corporations that fund them, and their writers don't mingle with fans. We do. We're fans, just like you, and when you want something, we try to respond.

Ever notice that there's no other major Browns site that links all news providers, even competitors? We're it. Try finding a link to OBR scoops and articles on ESPN, KFFL, the Official Site, or Cleveland Live. Go ahead, we'll wait.

No luck? We link them - they don't link us. That's because we are primarily just concerned with getting news out, so we publish quickly, and if we don't break a story, we'll point you to the people who did. We don't think our visitors are noobs who are ignorant about our competitors. We know that you're web-savvy and have your choice of places to get news, and we just want to get info to you as quick as possible.


5. YOUR SUBSCRIPTION MONEY GETS PUT BACK INTO THE SITE

The OBR has no full-time employees, no building to maintain, no expense accounts, no C-whatever-Os, no secretaries, no one who doesn't contribute in ways you can't see yourself. When our revenue increases, we generally add more features. It's as simple as that. We do a lot with a little money, and each dollar is spent carefully.

Our competitors in Cleveland are full-time employees. Nothing against any of them personally (most of them are decent folks), but they have to please their bosses and their bosses' bosses. There's a lot of overhead to support. We have have reporters, writers, and nerds only working for YOU. Your investment shows back up in the site, directly and quickly.


6. YOU MAKE FREE FEATURES POSSIBLE FOR ALL FANS

Our message forums, the Muni Lot, Daily Newswire, and all the free articles and chats on the site are all underwritten by subscriptions. Scout tells us we would make more money if less of our content was free and we charged for more. There's a "warning light" in our admin system that turns red when we fall under Scout's recommended standards. It's red for us every day.

ThThis website wasn't built for the bottom line, it was built for fans, by fans, as far back as 1996. We try to make as much free as possible.

By subscribing, you help to support free features for fans who can't afford our premium services. Your subscriptions have also made it possible for us to give away magazines and online subscriptions to many fans who are serving their country overseas. We don't talk about that much. We just do it.


7. YOUR SUBSCRIPTION RAISES THE BAR FOR EVERYONE

The OBR makes our competitors improve their game every year, and with every new feature. Do you think the team would have three full-time reporters if they didn't have to compete with the OBR? Do you think that the Plain Dealer would be posting updates from training camp if they didn't have to compete with us? We know better.

You can tell who is trying to compete with the OBR by who refuses to link us or give us credit for scoops. The Official site, the Plain Dealer, KFFL and others refuse to link or mention the OBR because they're afraid to let their visitors know about this alternative. If they're competing with us that way, you KNOW they are watching everything we do and are trying to match it.

That's how free enterprise works, and we're cool with it. Just know you're not only supporting better coverage from the OBR when you support us via a subscription. You improve coverage from everyone.


8. YOU ARE SUPPORTING A FAN SITE THAT DOES THINGS RIGHT

This site started in 1996 as a web site protesting the move of the Browns. In 1999, we became "BrownsTNG", and focused on covering the Browns. When Bernie called in 2001, we became "Bernie's Insiders". Now, we're the "Orange and Brown Report".

The people behind the site in 1996 are the same people who are behind it today. Fans, who love their team, and who want the team to win, even when the news doesn't match our hopes.

There are lots of fan sites and blogs out there for the NFL as a whole and the Browns as a team. Some of them are very good, and we try to link and support them. The OBR started as a fan site. For some of us, being involved in some way with the Cleveland Browns is a life-long dream.

Still, it's easy to run a fan site for free and claim to offer "news" when you don't pay for things. If you just copy other people's work, or post photos without paying for them, or offer your takes. The OBR doesn't do that. If we use a photo here, it's because we paid the photographer to use it, or paid the photo service. If you see a professional sportswriter's name on the site, it's because we compensated him for his efforts.

We try to do things the right way, and try to increase the number of photos and stories available to fans by paying the creators and rights holders. We link through to sites that provide the information and did the work. Your subscriptions make that possible, and makes more information available to all fans.

Please, click here to subscribe or call 1-888-501-5752 (toll free; 10AM - 8PM EST M-F) today!

Questions? Contact our publisher, Barry McBride, directly via email.

Thanks for reading through this, and we hope that you decide to subscribe to the OBR and support our efforts. We could go on for hours about why we hope folks support us and the things we want to do.

We truly appreciate the support that Browns fans (and #19) have given us through the years, and hope that more and more fans find their way here. We're already the biggest and most active Browns fan community on the Internet, and hope to continue to bring Browns fans together for many years to come.


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