It is with great sadness that I type the following message. OhioSportsTicket.com will cease to be a part of our AloNovus family as of Aug. 1.
After a lengthy internal discussion about the direction our company is hoping to take, and the lack of financial backing for the area sports website, we have made the decision to discontinue OhioSportsTicket.com. The website, which has had a rabid following by area sports enthusiasts for the better part of the past decade, will no longer be operable.
Over the past seven years those of us who have been involved with creating and providing content for The Ticket have immensely enjoyed the opportunity to bring the amazing accomplishments of our area athletes into your lives. We have witnessed some incredible athletic accomplishments and expressions of sportsmanship by both individuals and teams. It has been an honor to share the inspirational efforts of athletes, teams and coaches who have made such a powerful commitment to honing and perfecting their craft.
Our goal from day one was to give our student-athletes the recognition they deserve. We believe we have done that to the very best of our ability. We have not only written stories, we have shared game footage videos, done Ticket TV in which we sat down and chatted with players and coaches and recorded podcasts. We provided large and free photo galleries that allowed anyone to log on to our web site and download all the photos they wanted for free.
Our sports venue began as HolmesCountyTicket.com back in 2012 when Paul Money built the website in hopes of providing a comprehensive look into the world of area sports, most namely, the high school sports scene. Eventually we rebranded and became OhioSportsTicket.com.
What we found was pretty amazing. Area fans in Holmes County and the surrounding area are among the most fervent, well-educated and passionate fans anywhere. HolmesCountyTicket.com and OhioSportsTicket.com quickly gained a strong following, especially on Twitter, where our presence at events was shared near and far. Perhaps no event supported the efforts of The Ticket team more than our presence at Classic in the Country, where last year we had more than 700,000 Twitter impressions for a three-day event.
When Money left to pursue a career change with Mt. Hope Auction, in stepped Andy Vernon, a tried-and-true Orrville Red Rider who picked up in a leadership role right where Money left off. Vernon quickly ingratiated himself to the area and at 6-feet, 5-inches was easy to spot at games. Like Money, he did a great deal of behind-the-scenes work that made The Ticket so popular.
Over the years, we have received countless thank yous and encouraging words over the years. Our area coaches have been incredibly grateful to us and it has been a pleasure getting to know them better as they pour themselves into teaching their student-athletes to work harder, give more and commit to each other.
While The Ticket seemed to be beloved by people, that did not translate into a strong financial backing from area businesses. That was one of the driving forces behind our decision to discontinue OhioSportsTicket.com.
So, what does this mean for coverage of area sports?
First and foremost, we will no longer be covering a large slate of area high school sporting events. That is perhaps one of the toughest parts about our decision.
There will still be some area sports coverage in the pages of The Bargain Hunter (and related website) where we will focus more on feature-type stories with individuals and teams. It is not our desire to completely shut the door on area sports, because we still have a deep desire to continue to showcase our area student-athletes who deserve recognition.
On behalf of Andy, Paul, myself and the others who have added so much to our Ticket team over the years, we thank you, the public, our area athletic directors who have worked hand-in-hand with us and the coaches and the players for their passion, attitude and work ethic. You have been and will continue to be an inspiration to us all thanks to your dedication and drive. It has been an honor and a privilege to be a part of the area sports scene the past seven years.
With that, OhioSportsTicket.com will bid you adieu.
For those true fans who listened to our podcasts… later people.