Although Buccaneer Magazine is usually 40 pages in length, it could easily be 80 pages with the stories we write, quotes we compile and pictures we take, but with the costs of added printing and added postage, it wouldn't be a very profitable venture. That's where the BucMag.com Insiders Pass comes in.
The Insiders Pass will allow Bucs fans to get some of the late-breaking inside information and analysis not found on BucMag.com, and some of the timely features from Buccaneer Magazine, the printed version, such as game coverage. Some of our most popular BucMag.com stories such as the Game Grades, Flynn's Focus, my Fab Five column and other analytical features, commentary and salary cap information will be offered as premium content - available only with the Insiders Pass. We will also do plenty of features that will be totally exclusive to the Insiders Pass, and not found in Buccaneer Magazine. Don't look at this premium service as a replacement for Buccaneer Magazine. Think of it as an instant news supplement, which it is.
We have recently increased our editorial and photographic budget to expand the size of Buccaneer Magazine and add more content to BucMag.com. Seeking revenue to offset expenses is a basic of business, and as all of us are finding out, pay-per-use will be the norm for many, many Web sites in the very near future. Our new Web partners, Scout.com, have provided us with a great vehicle for getting you inside information in a timely manner.
We will continue to post free content on BucMag.com, such as game stories, breaking news and transactions. Those with the Insiders Pass will get additional information and analysis and stories found nowhere else. We view the Insiders Pass as a way for us to provide more information through longer hours, harder work and more staff for those who are wanting more information and are willing to pay for it. The Insiders Pass will include a "members only" message board and chat room, complete with password protection. Also, by signing up for the Insiders Pass at BucMag.com, you'll be able to read all of the premium content stories on all of the other NFL team sites on Scout.com network. You'll be able to read ahead and get an early scoop on the Bucs' upcoming opponents as well as divisional opponents.
You can sample some of the features you'll be getting in the Insiders Pass at no risk for 5 days, then pay just $4.95 per month through October. The introductory offer will expire in October and we will notify you of the new monthly rate and give you the option of continuing your Insiders Pass or cancelling. Or choose the full-season pass for just $39.95 to lock in one low price for the full season. That's quite a fair price for exclusive content on the Bucs, their opponents (from other pro team sites on Scout.com network) and a "members only" message board and chat room, which will be up shortly.
We work hard at Buccaneer Magazine and BucMag.com to provide you with stories, commentary, analysis and inside information that you won't find in the mass media or on other Web sites. I have been covering the team at One Buc Place since 1995, which is longer than almost every beat writer covering the team. Leo Haggerty, our managing editor, brings a wealth of football experience and expertise from over 20 years spent coaching in the college and high school ranks as well as several years serving as an NFL scout with Ourlad's scouting service and the BLESTO scouting organization. Jim Flynn started out running our message boards and is now getting hands-on experience in journalism as one of our staff writers covering the Bucs. Together, with other staff writers and guest columnists, we feel we do the best job of educating and informing Bucs fans about their favorite team.
Thanks for your time, and we hope that you will continue to support Buccaneer Magazine and the BucMag.com Web site by subscribing to the Insiders Pass.
Buccaneer Magazine and BucMag.com editor-in-chief