You all know me to be a huge Lakers fan and an enormous Kobe supporter. There was never anything that Kobe can do wrong that I would openly criticize. But now, he/his people have taken it too far.
Kobe Bryant is easily one of the most recognizable athletes in the world. A few years back he launched a website to give his fans a chance to be a part of his community at KB24.com. The site has recently undergone minor changes and one big change.
They are trying to charge users $49.95 subscription to the site.
What’s included in the membership you ask? This:
An exclusive KB24 T-Shirt
Access to exclusive content including videos, audio and photos
Members-only access to exclusive contests.
Access to exclusive KB24 events
Access to member only messageboards, blogs, social network
We do know that you get this amazingly navy shirt though!
This is ridiculous. Absolutely insane. I’m not cool with this at all. I was actually a registered member of KB24.com and felt that it was a nice site to view Kobe content on. I enjoyed the videos his site offered of his highlights from each individual season in the NBA and even a reel from his high school days.
If I am forced to pay however, there is no chance that I will continue visiting this site. I could’ve swore that he makes enough money off his contract and endorsements to not have to hassle his fans for more money just to show their love for him. Since when do you have to pay to show love for a guy.
All in all, I’d have to say that this is one of the more ridiculous things I’ve seen so far. I’d highly recommend that many of you fans write letters to Kobe’s people and complain about this. It’s simply not fair to you, the fan, to have to pay to enjoy watching special clips of a guy you worship that already makes crazy amounts of money.