Re: Reds oficial RedsZone member
I don't have the slightest idea if its ever been discussed 'round these parts but there was an interesting development on a Redskins message board I've been a part of, Extremeskins.com.
The board had long been the definitive Redskins message board on the internet (like Redszone is to the Reds). It is/was quite a bit larger than Redszone but still offers the best community of fans and was the best source for breaking news. I don't have a clue as to the details of how it happened since I never followed the storyline behind it all that closely, but now Extremeskins is the "Official" message board of the Redskins. I know a rep from Daniel Snyder or the skins contacted the site admins and got the deal done. I believe Snyder even takes care of their hosting bills now, but I could be wrong. At any rate, the deal was extremely beneficial for both parties. The Skins generated plenty of goodwill from thousands of fans and got a well ran and well populated message board to add to their own site (drawing visitors). Extremeskins gets weekly interview access to a player or coach or front office type (Clinton Portis, Jon Jansen, Joe Bugel, et cetera) as well as other perks such as media access to games.
It'd be nice for Redszone and the Reds if other teams would wise up to this progressive strategy, IMO.