Most of you know that the Metro Sports Report nearly went out of business last spring due to financial problems.
We found a way to survive, thank goodness, and now here's the good news: Nearly half of our readers have stuck with us even though we had to greatly curtail what we cover.
We finished 2016 with 489,406 page views, which is 47.1 percent of the page views we had in 2015 when we were covering just about every team in the Metro area of Cedar Rapids and Marion.
That's a remarkable number, considering that now we're focusing our attention on Xavier High School, Kirkwood Community College and the Iowa Valley baseball league, with weekly columns about the Iowa football team thrown in for good measure.
That's a far cry from when we were covering all of the Metro high schools, all three of the local colleges, the Kernels and the RoughRiders. We simply did not have the resources to continue that extensive coverage, but we're glad that nearly half of you have stayed by our side and encouraged us to keep going.
Our financial situation is much brighter now and we're looking to bouncing back even further in 2017, especially when we officially launch the new Iowa Women's Softball League this summer.Read more...