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If you found value in my coverage of Seton Hall this season, please consider donating. There’s no such thing as a free beat writer — is that how the saying goes?

As you may remember from last March, I asked for voluntary donations to help fund annual site costs plus a trip to Denver.

Your feedback and support went way beyond what was expected — I had to halt requests after we went about $200 over costs.

This year, I’ll ask for the same generosity that was shown last time around. On a semi-related note, I’ve seen and/or received comments on Twitter about how media gets to see games for free, gets food provided for the game day, etc. — but it’s not as lavish as you think, see below.

For a “free” game in Newark, I’m spending between $20-25 in round trip train costs ($32 for the Garden) and the Prudential Center media food is far from glorious: do you like cheap pasta or mediocre chicken tenders? Well then maybe it is glorious; at least media don’t have to pay at the Rock like you do at the Garden.

And while most fans are arriving home 30-60 minutes after the game or perhaps they even watched from their couch, I am likely still in the locker room at that time gathering quotes. Let’s not even talk about the several post-midnight week day train rides back from Newark.

So while the above is certainly not me complaining (see: explaining) and doesn’t have to do with the cost of traveling and staying in South Carolina this past weekend, those are the countless hours (conservative gameday estimate: 5.5~ per home game x 16 games = 90~ hours) plus money that comes out of my pocket up front to cover the games. 

Regardless, below are the cost details associated with this week. If you found value in the work that I did this season, please consider donating using the PayPal widget just to the right of this text. 

Let’s not forget about Wendell Cruz of Finish First Photos either, who did terrific work at nearly every home game; he also made appearances at the Garden and the Verizon Center.

If you’re short on cash, no worries! I accept currency in the form of endless retweets and Facebook shares/likes.

Season costs ($156+): 

  • Webhosting/domain $156
  • $20-25 round trip for home games; $32 for Garden
  • And of course all of the hard-to-account-for hours inbetween

NCAA transportation ($0 … 20+ hours of driving):

To cut costs, I decided to carpool with a couple other beat writers.

Hotel stay $566~ (subtract the last night, as I cancelled after SH was eliminated):

Grand total: $750+

  • Disclaimer: I recently tweaked my PayPal account by linking/unlinking a few payment sources, so it’s not entirely the same as last year. I assume I will be able to accept donations, but obviously won’t know until someone attempts it — I know PayPal sometimes requires X amount of linked sources in order to pay/receive money. Will reply to this once I know either way.

    • Note: If anyone would like to pay via a different method (Venmo, for example) please reach out to me via email (chrismcmanus51 at gmail dot com) or Twitter direct message. PayPal in convenient for me, but I know it may be a few years behind the times.

  • Matt

    Chris, you have done a great job. More than happy to help out.

    • Matt

      Also, I always try to boost your Facebook posts or share invite people to like your page. I hope others do as well. Advertise at Prudential next year!

      • Thank you Matt. I think the best advertisement is word-of-mouth, along with social media. Despite consistent spam emails from Facebook about ad credits, I have not spent a dime on that. If I ever do, it will probably be in that realm since Facebook is a huge resource.

  • TheBar1

    Keep up the great work, Chris! I sent you a contribution back in November to help kick off the season. ?

    • Thank you! Must have been prior to shutting off the PayPal button. I see a few donations from November/October. I will add those to the total ?

  • Joe Schmoe

    If I can put this in the “suggestion box”…how about some planned events for the readers/contributors of the site… Do you have contacts at the SHU ticket office? Offer a ticket+ short happy hour before or after the game…or happy hour and secure your own ticket. $40 for Happy Hour + ticket, $25 for happy hour only (some pitchers of the cheap stuff) proceeds go to the site. do this a few times a season….ie one OOC home game like Rutgers, One reg season home game and for senior night, last home game.

    • Thanks for the suggestion Joe. The Happy Hour portion would surely mean a 3rd party bar/restaurant gets involved, no?

      Does PirateBlue not do similar events? I feel like I would be infringing upon them.

      I do think I will post one or two suggestion box type surveys during the off-season to gauge interest on various site features, content, etc.

  • Andrew Herbst

    Thanks Chris for all you do. I always make sure to RT and like all your posts.

  • LBP

    Best Seton Hall Board-you deserve all the credit Chris- happy that you, finally, set up the donation request

  • UPDATE (6PM) — $580 in donations have come in since this morning

    Nearly half of that is from @disqus_GoOzwZEKhr:disqus — who has been incredibly generous with his donations over the past 2 seasons

    If the donation goal is met, I will be looking to send some money to Wendell Cruz (site photographer) as he is a volunteer who reached out to me a few seasons ago. Actually a St. John’s fan who just loves CBB/photography.

    He made a select few copies of a hard-covered photobook last season with shots from each game, in order. Since he covered nearly every game but one this year, the book will be even more comprehensive. Unfortunately, there is red tape in terms of distributing it due to NCAA licensing. Meaning someone can’t make money off of shots of Angel…

    Regardless, we will be looking to send at least 1 copy (about $40 cost per book) to the Sign Mafia — I gave them a copy last season too. They deserve it.

    I may reserve a copy or two for a giveaway on this site. Don’t hold me to that, as nothing is finalized yet.

  • Ardy

    Chris I know it’s old school but do you have a po box or address I can send a money order?