The Basketball-Reference.com sponsorship system was launched in September 2005. Many of you will receive renewal notices for the pages that you have sponsored. Here are the steps necessary to renew your sponsorships:
Since not all pages will be renewed when they expire, and these pages will become available for sponsorship by other users, I will enact the following policy (in order to avoid a mad dash for these pages):
Upon their expiration, all pages will be priced $100 higher or three times their standard price, whichever is less. Each day the price will be reduced by between $5 and $10 until they return to their standard price one to ten days following the expiration of the previous sponsorship. This policy will only be in effect for sponsorships a year in length.
For example, suppose the Scottie Pippen page was sponsored for $100. When the page becomes available, it will cost $200 to sponsor this page. This price will drop $10 per day (to $190, $180, $170, etc.) until it returns to the $100 level, or someone decided to sponsor it at a higher price.
The same policy will be in effect for new team and player pages added following the completion of a season. These pages will be started at $100 and then drop $10/day until they reach $10. Some highly desirable pages may be set at a higher initial value at our discretion.
Due to a streamlined payment process it is now less likely that two people will send payments to sponsor a page on the same day. If this should occur, I will happily and quickly refund any money sent for a sponsorship that did not go through. I am not able to honor requests such as "Please reserve Scottie Pippen's page for me when it reaches $120." Please feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions.
The date of expiration can now be viewed in the sponsorship box on every page under the link "You can sponsor a page."
Clicking on the "Alert Me" link next to the expiration date will create an e-mail reminder that will be mailed to you should the page expire. No note will be sent if the page is renewed.
Please e-mail me any other sponsorship-related questions you may have.