Over the last couple of years Cover 1 has gained a lot of traction, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Thanks to fans of the Buffalo Bills, NFL Draft, Scouting Arena, and football junkies, we have laid a foundation to build a sustainable site.
We owe special thanks to the 32 patrons that donate to Cover 1 via Patreon on a monthly basis. Thanks to you I have been able to compensate contributors for their hard work.
However, those donations only cover their wages, force me to maintain another site and ultimately do not cover the cost to operate the Cover 1. It doesn’t cover the memberships that I pay for monthly to help cover the Bills and NFL Draft in the detailed manner that you have become accustomed to. Here are a few memberships and or services that we utilize to run the site:
Pro Football Focus Premium Statistics (PFF Edge)
Football Outsiders Premium
Football Outsiders Almanac
Zoom Teleconference Membership
Podbean Podcast Hosting
And then there are maintenance fees for
Site hosting fees
Equipment upgrades for editing and conversion
These aren’t all of the costs to run the site, but as you can imagine, it is not cheap to operate Cover 1. I have been completely content, and at the same time surprised, at the support we have garnered, but we are now at a crossroads.
With that traction comes a time that I would like to create a revenue stream to at least cover the cost to run the site. This means I have to make one of two decisions: 1.) take on ad sponsorships from companies, place their ads or logos on the site for a fee; or 2.) create premium content on the site to make ends meet. This would mean that there would be some content that would only be accessible to members. It wouldn’t be all of our content, but just certain in-depth articles or breakdowns. It’ll be tiered, sort of like Patreon. Depending on your level of commitment, you’ll get different privileges. These include:
Tier one – $1 per month
Access to members only content such as:
- Post game breakdown articles with an array of GIFS
- NFL and or NCAAF player scouting reports/breakdowns
- Scheme or concept breakdowns
Early release content
A follow on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram
Tier two – $5 per month
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Special access to our Cover 1 Slack channel/community where you can communicate with our staff
Have one football question answered live on Locked On Bills Podcast or Cover 1 | The Podcast
Access to video or audio in game reactions (when available)
*Tier two includes privileges of tier one
Other services available
Tier three – $10 one time payment
Request an article breakdown on a player of your choice
Request a topic for an entire podcast
Tier four – $25 one time payment
Request a 2-4 minute video breakdown of a player of your choice
*Tier three and four will get you access to premium content for one month from time of purchase.
Much like Patreon, any donation above and beyond the tiers is appreciated, as well. Setting aside certain content for members allows me to keep ads off of Cover 1. It will also require less work on my end, so I don’t have to upload separate content onto Patreon. Creating content in WordPress offers many more formatting options, to boot. All in all, this special content allows us to be accessible and to build a rapport with the Cover 1 and Bills communities.
Hopefully, some of you join us and donate to help Cover 1 so that we can continue to bring you the absolute best Bills and NFL Draft content.