I'll likely subscribe, and I think DK will be fine. As someone said, 5,000 subscribers * $24/year = $120,000, which is nothing to sneeze at. Cover the cost of running the website itself through sponsorship and add revenue, and you're golden. I don't know how I feel about the name of the website, dkonpittsburghsports.com, but that can always be rebranded at a later date.
D.K. isn't perfect, but in my mind he's far ahead of any other sports journalist in the city, both beat writers and columnists.
What I do wonder though, is what brought this on? He went on vacation around the beginning of the month. Sometime during that vacation, the trib decided to change something about how his blog subscriber community was managed, switching over to a facebook based commenting system. This rubbed him the wrong way, so he compiled the email addresses of all his blog subscribers while on vacation and told them he was discontinuing the blog, but would continue to write for the trib, do live chats, videos, etc.
After that, something else must have happened. Either management wasn't happy that he went rogue and emailed his subscribers directly to voice his displeasure, or he just had a change of heart after thinking it over. Either way, this doesn't seem like a move he was planning, at least not this soon. The whole thing seems rushed and reactionary to whatever happened behind closed doors. I would have loved to be a fly on the wall in the Trib offices when all this went down.
As for Rossi, I've never liked the guy, and I won't be a regular reader of his columns. He was supposed to be beat writing, reporting the facts, but he threw tons of rumor and speculation into his work that had no business being there. At least as a columnist, that kind of behavior is more acceptable since he is writing opinion instead of fact. However, considering how often his inside scoops and hunches have proved false, his isn't an opinion I care to hear on a regular basis.