Today, I finished negotiating a consulting agreement between SportsTwo and the Portland Trail Blazers where our Trail Blazers forum is going to become the official message board of the Portland Trail Blazers. This is a done deal.
I want to congratulate you all. I merely represented us, as a group we made this worthwhile.
What this means:
1) The skin of the Blazers forum is going to be changed to match the official trailblazers.com WWW site. Similar to http://forwardcenter.net
2) We do not have to change our site rules in any way. They are perfectly satisfied with the way we run the site in every respect - that we don't edit profanity or say rude things and so on. They do not have editorial control over the site. However:
3) It is in our own best interests to edit profanity in thread titles. If we do, we can have a display of recent threads on the trailblazers.com home page (or elsewhere). If the titles have profanity in them, we will effectively be defacing their site.
4) We do not have to filter what we or any poster says about the Blazers.
5) The ads on the site will be replaced with ads provided by the NBA. This is in line with any sort of site sponsorship deal we'd make, regardless of it being the Blazers. I think we should expect some very nice ads to be shown.
6) We will have a prominent link to the forum placed on trailblazers.com, and they will help promote the site through other means (mentions on TV, game programs, scoreboard, radio, etc.).
7) We will have access to some goodies as part of the Blazers family. If you have a request that is reasonable to pass on to the brass in the Trail Blazers front office, I'll be happy to make it happen.
If you have any questions, ask in this thread.
Many thanks to SlyPokerDog and Natebishop3 for helping me get this done.