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West Virginia beat on hiatus … and here’s why

Effective immediately, our West Virginia coverage is going on hiatus. I hate this. I’m anything but the type to start something and not see it through.

West Virginia's Shelton Gibson comes down with the football in front of Kansas State's DJ Reed this past season. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Effective immediately, our West Virginia coverage is going on hiatus.

I hate this. I’m anything but the type to start something and not see it through. And I’ll take total blame, even though this has been discussed at length within our full staff for months. So if you’re a fan of the Mountaineers and this angers you, please direct all of it at me, including down there in the comments.

Here, hopefully, are answers to questions on this:

Why now?

It’s entirely about money, and this is when we’ve made most of our decisions on that front.

We invested more than $50,000 in 2016 on West Virginia coverage, including having the only full-time Morgantown-based reporter of any Pittsburgh outlet. That’s a ton of money for a self-supported startup. We also traveled to the Big 12 basketball tournament, all football road games, and I provided our region’s only firsthand coverage of Ginny Thrasher’s Olympic gold in the air rifle in Rio de Janeiro.

With very, very few exceptions, the readership, though all of it was appreciated, was very low. Matt Welch would be working a live file from a game in Oklahoma, and we’ve see fewer than 200 views on the file hours after kickoff. He’d also produce extensive, ambitious features — outstanding stuff — that would see much the same.

What’s more, we had zero sponsorship support, unlike all of our other current beats. We’d known the numbers would be low for readership, but we thought we could make up some or all of that difference through sponsorships. Not one materialized despite what we felt was an extensive outreach.

This has nothing to do with the school, its alumni, its students or how much winning/losing gets done or anything like that. To repeat, we went into Morgantown when no one else from the region did.

It just didn’t work.

What will happen to the money that’s freed up?

We actually won’t save a penny by doing this.

For one, and most obviously, Matt’s not going anywhere. You’ve seen him expand his duties in recent weeks, and you’ll soon see him doing much more on those beats and a couple surprises coming later this summer. He’s a terrific talent, and we can’t wait to see him apply that across the board.

For another, we have plans to add to our two most popular beats, the Penguins and Steelers, as well as to the remaining colleges. That will include even more travel than we did in 2016 — which almost isn’t possible — and other initiatives.

Could anything reverse this?

Anything’s possible. If were to see a path toward making the beat profitable, almost surely in the form of a major sponsor for West Virginia coverage, we’d resume right away. But again, there’s been no trace of that to date.

So all the other beats are profitable?

Nope. There’s always the Pirates, the only other money-loser for us. That’s partly because baseball is the most expensive to cover, but also because of slightly low readership and equally low sponsorship support. They’re just not a hot thing.

But from a coverage standpoint, we’re talking about the Pirates here. They’re an absolute must, and that will never change here. In fact, we’ve doubled the baseball coverage you’re seeing this spring and into the summer in an attempt to boost that, and I’m cautiously optimistic we’ll see that work.

All of the rest of our beats are profitable, or they don’t cost much to cover, or they’re significantly sponsored. All of them. No exceptions. Duquesne and Robert Morris bring consistent traffic and, in each case, modest sponsorships. The Riverhounds are below what we want for readership, but they do OK during their season, which starts Saturday. Also, they and their primary corporate partner, Allegheny Health Network, have been major sponsors/partners to the site from the day we launched. Without the efforts of the Hounds and AHN in the early days, this place wouldn’t exist, plain and simple.

If the Pirates are the only exception to being profitable, we can live with that. To repeat yet again, they aren’t optional.

What about Penn State, which is so much farther away?

Depends on how that’s defined, I guess. State College is obviously a lot farther than Morgantown, but there are more Penn State alumni in Allegheny County than in any county anywhere. And what’s more, when we did the same thing there that we did in West Virginia — hire the only full-time reporter based in State College, Audrey Snyder — it resulted in traffic that actually topped Pitt for a while, as well as significant sponsorship revenue.

Geography, like all the other stuff I mentioned above, means nothing. It’s about the reader response and revenue.

I’ll be in comments, as you’d imagine, for anything you might have. But I want to close with this: Because of our West Virginia coverage, we were able to uncover not only Welch but also Matt Sunday, two enormous assets for this venture, and I couldn’t be happier about that.

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emperorchaz
emperorchaz

Sorry to hear DK. Have you considered a weekly column or anything at least during the season? A group with this experience could easily pound or quality material from press conference and game highlights. Hell, I was hoping for a CFB column a week from a national perspective.

Wat11
Wat11

Well this sucks, especially since WVU is the only school in the region that excels in football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, soccer and baseball, not to mention a national title in rifle once again- lol.

BuccoAficionado
BuccoAficionado

I hate this news too, which is why I’m gone when my 3 years are up this summer.

WVUMike
WVUMike

Sorry to see the WVU coverage go away. Originally from Weirton, WV; so I will still follow the professional teams. Also, I will continue to root against Pitt and Penn State as I have my whole life.

Benny2016
Benny2016

What a fulfilling life you lead!

The Take Oven
The Take Oven

First, it is highly disappointing this decision came down a few months after committing to a 3 year subscription, prior to the price hike. Shortly after locking in, the future of the WVU coverage on this site was painted as grim. Interesting timing to say the least. But as one person already pointed out in these comments, DK said they were going to give football another year. So shame on you for going back on your word.
Second, I read a few weeks ago when DK called the coverage of wvu an “echo chamber.” With all due respect to everyone who writes here, almost all sports coverage is an “echo chamber”. So it’s not a coverage of WVU thing.
Lastly, it’s a damn shame that the most successful college athletic program overall of the last 5/10 yrs in the area isn’t getting coverage here anymore.

The Take Oven
The Take Oven

Anyway, for the folks who are looking for good WVU coverage that won’t fold on them, I’ll second what many have said already by suggesting Mike Casazza of the Charleston Gazette-Mail. And also highly recommend Allan Taylor of WV Metro News.

Natchez
Natchez

Dejan, I haven’t seen you in comments as you promised. I have been with you since day one. I even tried to subscribe the day before they were accepted, you know, just in case.

superstein61
superstein61

Dejan, thanks for the explanation and I completely understand the business reasoning. Personally I never read and don’t care about WVU coverage but I do understand why those fans may be upset. I would be upset if Pitt coverage disappeared and that would cause me not to renew.

That said, selling your subscriptions to any WVU fans not in the northern panhandle or living in Pittsburgh is an uphill climb. Most “hoopies” don’t want anything to do with a Pittsburgh site. Just the way it is. A very different mindset there.

Add to that the fact wvu is in the Big12 which generates no other crossover interest in this area as well as increases your travel expenses significantly and it is a decision that sadly makes sense.

Wat11
Wat11

I’m sure the hoopies don’t give a rats ass what you think.

Turfmonster
Turfmonster

Boooooo…at least we’ll get minute by minute coverage of that compelling Duquesne coaching search.

MikeNooch13
MikeNooch13

Very tough news to read. As a life long Pittsburgher and a WVU alum, it was refreshing that you made the commitment to have a full time reporter cover WVU. While the Pens coverage is amazing, I will not be renewing once my subscription is up. I understand the business end of it, and wish there was a way for the coverage to continue, but doesn’t sound like that’s a possibility.

For those of you looking for great coverage of WVU, I agree with others that you will not find anything better than Mike Cassazza of the Charleston Gazette.

Lamarvalleypack
Lamarvalleypack

Darn! But it’s your business – your call. I appreciate the honest attempt. Loved the coverage while it was here. If anyone has an alternative recommendation it would be appreciated. Thanks Matt x3 and dk for the attempt. wvu!

morgantownutopia
morgantownutopia

google Mike Casazza.

Lamarvalleypack
Lamarvalleypack

thank you

ChristianJones
ChristianJones

This is horseshit. I partially subscribed for this coverage. You recently promised to cover football one more year to make good on your promise to subscribers. How about staying true to your word?

Also, a while back you swore we wouldn’t see “one less syllable” from you. That panned out about the same as the wvu coverage apparently has.

tkurn
tkurn

Disappointed to hear DK write that geography means nothing. I joined for three years early on because the draw for me was advertised as PITTSBURGH sports. I do not consider Morgantown or State College to be Pittsburgh sports or area.
I understand financially why it was done to attempt an expansion of potential subscribers, but not what I was sold on.

Natchez
Natchez

DK,I understand the decision. I enjoy reading as many articles as time permits. You have a great staff. I feel connected to them. What happened to Seth and Ron? I enjoyed their writing and input. I ask, not to be nosy, but from genuine concern.

JD Phillippi
JD Phillippi

The explanation makes perfect sense to me. I come here for the following, in this order – Pirates, Pens, Steelers, Riverhounds, Penn State, Duquesne, Pitt. Robert Morris and WVU could both vanish and I wouldn’t miss them. Duquesne and Pitt could disappear and I’d miss them only a tiny bit. Penn State could disappear and I’d miss it a tiny fraction more.

The reality is that for every single one of us there is a hierarchy of interest. WVU simply didn’t generate eyeballs or income. In the media world that is a very simple equation.

DK offers us unprecedented looks into the “back of house” here. I appreciate the openness and I applaud the courage it takes to put his decisions out in the public view.

Keep up the good work!

Tflames
Tflames

As a huge wvu fan i’m certainly disappointed. When I joined the site wvu coverage didn’t even exist yet so sticking around is a guarantee for me.

pieratz
pieratz

Huge disappointment! I came here for the Pirates and read (past tense) WVU second. I was discouraged by the WVU coverage being buried on the site and lately the coverage has been inconsistent and paltry. I knew something was going on.

Having Matt W. covering Duquesne and RoMo hoops over a consistent top 15 team (now in the sweet 16) was a bitter pill. And not even having a game log for fans to comment during basketball games was discouraging. I thought last month’s announcement of the feature beat meant that the MBB team would finally get occasional coverage. I wanted to find all of my sports coverage in one place, but alas it wasn’t to be. You can’t go half-in and that’s what I saw happen. If you can’t do it right, don’t do it at all. Sorry the result$$$ weren’t there.

pieratz
pieratz

I also think that the WVU PSU coverage comparison is not just about Penn State presence is Pittsburgh. You have readership from all over and WVU has 190K+ alumni (PSU has about 650K+; Pitt 300K+; DUQ 90K; RMU 40K). You get 1% of those people to subscribe and/or a small portion of the 1.85 million WV residents (majority of which are WVU fans) and you’re in business.

I also think Audrey is a real presence who came with a built in following. She was like a mini-Yohe or Kaboly, bringing an established following who trusted her and would read her anywhere. Matt W. didn’t have that same advantage. I am very disappointed it didn’t work out, but I am also disappointed in the effort to make it work.

SKI
SKI

PSU 650K, maybe in the state but not Allegheny County where Pitt has you 3 to 1. Nice try…

pieratz
pieratz

Those are estimates of all living alumni anywhere (not limited to any state, county, or country)

PatrickYoho
PatrickYoho

DK,I completely understand this decision and the reasons ​behind it. That being said, I’m very disappointed that WVU will not be part of your coverage. I understand the low readership/ page view numbers but I was one of those that read Matt’s work religiously. I really missed coverage of the basketball team this year as this team has been really fun to follow. But money does indeed make the world go round and I get that the dollars and cents just aren’t there. I will find somewhere else to get my WVU fix and I will hope that something will change here. If you have any suggestions about who is good on the WVU beat, I’d love to hear your recommendations. Thanks as always for your openness and honesty about this. Sincerely, your loyal lunatic from Wheeling. Let’s Go Mountaineers​!

John Cangelosi
John Cangelosi

Baseball is just tough because there is so many games. I read game stories here and there when it’s a wild game but for the most part I only read features, etc.

jcarpini
jcarpini

Matt W: does the same 90% coverage threshold apply to football games as well? So no way to just cover WVU football home games without the expense of going on the road to all those Central Time Zone Big 12 schools?

Heeb265
Heeb265

Would not spending money covering non pittsburgh Super Bowls, all star games etc be able to save the beat?

pieratz
pieratz

Or RMU, Pitt, and Duquesne non-tournament appearances…

Black_Sunshine
Black_Sunshine

I enjoy the RMU coverage, personally.

JB
JB

How do you determine profitability of each team? I mean, it’s easy enough to determine how much you spend covering each team, but how do you specifically allocate income among them?

msurma417
msurma417

I get it. But not sure how much readership Duquesne or Robert Morris get as well. Can’t be much more.

morgantownutopia
morgantownutopia

(I hope it’s OK to plug a WVU site). Dear WVU fans: Many of you are apparently not familiar with the best WVU blog on the planet. Google Mike Casazza…find him…enjoy.

pieratz
pieratz

Plugs for Mike Casazza, Allan Taylor, and West Virginia Illustrated

khornbrook
khornbrook

Dejan,

What has to happen by way of sponsorship to reverse this decision and bring back WVU coverage? Or is it readership as well? It seems that even if readership increased substantially, that wouldn’t matter, because there is not sufficient sponsorship money to offset the cost of the WVU beat.

WilliamMaloni
WilliamMaloni

While I share Deaf Yinzer’s sentiment (see below), I applaud you for the effort but more the editorial CANDOR describing what happened and why. (Maybe you could sell some of it to the PBC???)

Rare in any business, but most welcome here and from you.

(Oddlot suggestion, before doing it, mention a local school you plan to cover more, but and make it contingent on school fans/alum buying “X number” of subscriptions and then follow through when total reached.)

Tandy
Tandy

This will probably get down voted by everyone, but, from a business perspective, I tend to think that college coverage should require a more expensive membership. DK is already delivering on the proposition, Pgh pro sports. If you want college, it’s another $1 per month. Something like that. But, hey, I’ll take the free PSU coverage!
Speaking of which, I’d gladly chip to Audrey’s dream vacation fund before buying a brick (even though I’m a lifer). I really can’t get over the quality of her coverage. And using my logic above, it’s free.

WVU8589
WVU8589

Long time WVU fan here. One of the reasons I subscribed here was the WVU coverage. I am disappointed but will hang in there for the Pens coverage. Hopefully you will get a sponsor that will allow you to get back into the WVU beat.

tartans412
tartans412

I’d be interested to know how you measure how much traffic is generated by each team. Is it page views per game or per article? If so, do the Pirates not measure up as much simply because of the volume of games (less views per game/article, but similar numbers on a weekly/monthly basis)? The biggest factor is team success, obviously, so it’s not a surprise that the buccos generate less interest.
As for WVU, I’m sorry to all the wvu fans who enjoyed the coverage. I never read the wvu articles, but sometimes I’d click on them to up the page view number. Makes sense, though. Can’t pour money into it if it isn’t worth it. The Pirates are worth it just to uphold the guarantee of the brand. WVU is not essential to that.

MAEchicka05
MAEchicka05

This news does make me sad, since a lot of the WVU based coverage is by folks not quite as talented writers/photographers as are on this site.

Keep up the good work on the Pens stuff, since that’s the only other sport i follow as closely as WVU.

rjmarino2
rjmarino2

DK and Triple Matt, I very much enjoyed the WVU coverage and considered it a great bonus. Matt Welch did an awesome job with his coverage and insight. I always feared this day would come and I understand the decision. I will continue to subscribe because of the superior coverage. Thanks again for your great work.

UtterlyIrredeemable
UtterlyIrredeemable

Guess they needed to house your offices and sponsor the site themselves. Riverhouds views are lower.

B-rad
B-rad

Good, don’t waste your energy, time, or money on WVU!

duff1301
duff1301

Do I understand..I guess Do I like it…NO. I just renewed, not that I would but is a credit possible? Im here for WVU, Pens & Pirates, so 1/3 of my subscription would be $9.99. Please send my credit to the WVU alumni assoc. When we beat Gonzaga Thursday where do I go for good coverage, really Im not sure.

Wat11
Wat11

Twitter. Follow Casazza and Chris Anderson.

irwinflectcheer
irwinflectcheer

rivals.

littleworker
littleworker

I wonder if Pirates readership is really so bad, or if the Penguins and Steelers are just really your money maker. You could drop everything but those two teams and likely not be affected all that much. Obviously this is conjecture. You know better than I.

Baseball is tough. 10x as many games as football and 2x as many as hockey. Therefore the games have less importance and fans aren’t as likely to flock to articles after games as happens with Steelers and Pens.

Roy Rogers
Roy Rogers

Also….Only legit basketball program around and they’re making a run. Awful timing. Says a lot regardless of the excuses

my3sons
my3sons

They haven’t covered WVU basketball all year and you are just noticing now? Did you get your MBA with Heather?

SeenItAll
SeenItAll

What does it say? What “excuses”? I know from personal experience that support for Pirates, Pens and Steelers is high in northern WV. The panhandle in particular is Pittsburgh “country”. But that support is not showing up on this site. This is a business that must allocate its resources and make a profit. I have no problem with the decision.

Roy Rogers
Roy Rogers

Very disappointing

But sadly money talks and who can compete with the pockets of the joepa’s cult and the old guard for Pitt. Not to mention geographic limitations.

FYI….your extensive mind numbing coverage to pander to pirate groupies make recent site visits painful

tartans412
tartans412

1. He addressed the geography – it isn’t a limitation.
2. He isn’t pandering. The guarantee is to cover Pittsburgh sports, and he isn’t making good on that if the Pirates are not covered. The comparison was in terms of profitability, and he explained why one was justified and one was not.
3. Sorry you can’t read about wvu anymore. I mean that. It sucks, but it is what it is.

ThatCanadianGuy
ThatCanadianGuy

You mention that your Duquesne coverage has brought you a certain amount of sponsorship. While I have factored the list of your sponsors when making my personal/business purchases, I would appreciate knowing which of your sponsors have a connection with Duquesne and, if I would have a need for their service/product, would strongly support them as a customer. Thank you for the entertaining and informative work that you and your staff provide.

ej_thorne
ej_thorne

Sounds like a smart business decision DK. I think most people understand…

bigdaddy
bigdaddy

DK – No explanations are necessary. I’m a Mountaineer fan but I UNDERSTAND if a business or another venture loses money you make changes and move on. I thoroughly enjoyed Matt’s coverage while it lasted.

12+88=6
12+88=6

Perhaps the best way to cover the colleges is to set up partnerships with those colleges’ school newspapers. Many are hurting financially. This would be a win-win for the site and for the schools. Why? Because fans get the coverage, the coverage has a college student spin, you don’t have to pay the reporters, and those reporters get 1) a wider audience; 2) better press credentials. So the schools can provide links to DK and those stories are free. The schools would pay for the travel. Yes, there would be logistical issues, but I have seen college journalism programs start to get creative in how they network with local news outlets. Just a thought.

Matt Gajtka

The thing is … we want quality work and that can be tough to find consistently at the student level. Take it from the guy who was hired here to be the college editor!

erictoddesq
erictoddesq

That would be one way to say our education system is in peril….or the local students are dumb….

Matt Sunday

In eight years, the Daily Athenaeum in Morgantown has gone from the top daily newspaper at the collegiate level to a three day publishing schedule with employees who aren’t compensated beyond a byline. Obviously, competition and quality are going to go down when the more promising journalism students are working for other outlets while in college instead of at the school paper.

It’s an issue with the collegiate scene in general. When print was king, school papers made money and could incubate quality and creativity. It’s honestly quite sad to see the state change over the last decade. :/

12+88=6
12+88=6

Yep. This is happening everywhere, unfortunately.

bucconation
bucconation

I read every word of your West Virginia coverage, but I understand. Business is business. Thanks for taking the time to explain. Meanwhile, there’s still so much bang for my subscription buck, as i enjoy the Pirates, Pens and steelers coverage, so I’m not going anywhere.

Yinzer_in_GA
Yinzer_in_GA

Have you ever given thought to changing the name of your site? DKpittsburghsports.com was a good start. However, when you say geography doesn’t matter that’s just not true. Your coverage area is defined by the name of your site, perhaps not by you but certainly by others. I would think sponsors not just for WVU but in general would be more attracted to the prospect of a broader audience. Something like “DK on Sports” may help with that larger goal. It doesn’t pigeon hole you and could attract growth without sacrificing your established base.

Woomer
Woomer

DKWesternPennslvaniaCentralPennsylvaniaAndNorthCentralWestVirginiaSportsAndSportsRelatedItems.com ?

ImEasyEd
ImEasyEd

Awww. Too bad, I already took that domain name.

Roy Rogers
Roy Rogers

Now that has a ring to it!

Rick B
Rick B

DK, love the sites PSU coverage and not just for football. I am really, really trying to get into PSU basketball (it’s hard). The hiring of Audrey was a slam dunk. I used to follow her writing at her other jobs and was excited when you hired her. Her coverage is topnotch. I fit squarely in your statistics, read all things Pens and PSU, a lot of Steelers, some Pitt, Duquesne etc. and very little Pirates. Just not a big baseball fan. As an aside, my son recently traveled in SE Asia for 2 months and read the site everyday to keep up on Pens news. Maybe someone saw him and you’ll start getting some subscribers from Thailand!

bcgillespie
bcgillespie

Agree, Audrey is terrific!

Careyad
Careyad

Thanks for the effort….the coverage was good…the irony is that WVU is probably the best all around sports program in the region

Yinzer_in_GA
Yinzer_in_GA

I don’t think “probably” applies. It’s clearly been the best overall sports program in the region. Particularly in the two big sports that matter.

my3sons
my3sons

Yet nobody cares about it enough to read about it.

Careyad
Careyad

You are probably right

Woomer
Woomer

I don’t have a dog in this fight, but curiosity does strike me. If they are the best overall sports program in the region (and I’ll accept you research on that matter), then why has the readership of their coverage been so low? There must be a reason.

Yinzer_in_GA
Yinzer_in_GA

It was buried in the site. There’s no arguing that.

It’s going to be hard to appeal to WVU fans when they think this is just a Pittsburgh-only site. That leaves the Pittsburghers who went to WVU-type of crowd and that market won’t be big enough I don’t think.

Careyad
Careyad

It was low on this site, but there are other sites where it’s very strong and established…why DK did not appeal to them is hard to say

Roy Rogers
Roy Rogers

Pittsburgh/western pa transplants in Morgantown, yes.
Not so much the other way around.

my3sons
my3sons

Do they have the internet in WV yet?

Matt Sunday

Disagree. West Virginia is covered in Morgantown like the Yankees are in New York. I’ve never seen another Power 5 school travel with more media than WVU, and I’ve never seen a more full press room for conferences at the collegiate level. It’s an expensive, established beat that’s spread very thin.

Colo Springs Steel
Colo Springs Steel

Matt, Where are the best sites for WVU coverage?

morgantownutopia
morgantownutopia

I’m a very long time WVU fan. DK…I appreciate your effort, but, I don’t care. I’m here because this is a great Pens site. I get my WVU fix elsewhere.

Yinzer_in_GA
Yinzer_in_GA

I’m from Pittsburgh and have degrees from WVU and Duquesne. I feel that I can see all sides of this and it makes no sense at all. WVU sports has been the most successful school in the area for some time now. If you just covered the big events there, that would seem appropriate. But this approach is not good.

There is a lot on the business side of this that doesn’t make sense. Sending multiple people to Florida to cover spring training makes no sense, for example. No one is suggesting to quit the Pirates, but despite what you think readership will not be up until they are good. You’ll experience the same downturn when the Steelers and Pens aren’t good. Just like in stocks, diversification is key. But the proof is in the pudding because in business if you’re not growing, you’re dying.

TWM in CLE
TWM in CLE

In stocks, sometimes you get rid of your under-performers. And, using your logic, when WVU has a downturn their readership would possibly drop even lower than it currently is.

Yinzer_in_GA
Yinzer_in_GA

Key word: sometimes.

But why don’t you do it all the time? Diversification. There are several reasons as to why readership is low on the site. Many are mentioned in these comments. But sticking with this point, how do you build up a base if you bail on it as soon as it gets a bit tough? Especially right now when they’re in the sweet 16. If a drug company was developing a miracle drug but not there yet you wouldn’t sell before approval?

No, you wouldn’t.

Undertoker in Wisconsin
Undertoker in Wisconsin

Hi Dejan
As you point DKPittsburgh had the only committed presence in Morgantown; however and yet, others write about their games. They are a neighborhood team that still draws interest from our city and I’m sad that you would abandon all coverage. I have lived outside of Pittsburgh now for 40 years, but your site helps keep me connected. I understand there is a high bar… a “standard”.. to your coverage, which includes presence on a regular beat. Yet, here we are with WVU headed to the Men’s sweet 16 and I’ll have to get coverage elsewhere. You have extraordinary talents, not just writers but as journalists uncovering the stories. Still, I would personally love to see your talented writers picking up coverage of WVU when they have achieved success that leads to national attention.

Lemieux67
Lemieux67

So does this mean ALL WVU coverage? Including WVU’s current run in the NCAA tournament?

Bobnestor24
Bobnestor24

Disappointing but understandable. I didn’t specifically subscribe for the WVU coverage but will miss it. Hopefully a corporate sponsor will step up from WV! Put all your resources and $$$$ towards coverage of the Penguins.

Jordie
Jordie

Really hope you bring it back DK. Think there will be viability as site grows. I personally love the site/app and primarily follow it for pirates baseball, dukes hoops (I know, I know), wvu, and Penn state and think it sets you apart completely from others sports news outlets. A bit dissappiinted but still the best thing out there and will remain a loyal supporter

SeenItAll
SeenItAll

Like one of the reporters on this site, I grew up in the WV northern panhandle about 33 miles from Pittsburgh. That’s closer to Pittsburgh than a lot of fans are who live in Pennsylvania. There’s some geography for you.

SeenItAll
SeenItAll

So you’re denying that northern WV, particularly the panhandle, has a lot of Pittsburgh fans? If so, you are misguided and uninformed. I’m well aware that the support isn’t reflected on this site. That’s why I have no objection to the decision.

WVStarship
WVStarship

There are many WVU fans that simply will not go to a Pittsburgh-based site for WVU coverage. In fact, I have been accused of not being a ‘true fan’ because I follow the Pirates, Steelers and Pens. It is considered an act of treason to follow any team associated with the Evil City of Pittsburgh!! Therefore, I’m not surprised about the small viewership. It is disappointing, though, that no one stepped up to sponsor their coverage.

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