I've been thinking for a while about this matter and i want to ask you first. How would you feel if KnicksOnline.com will be displaying some banner ads from Google? Yeah, i know it doesn't sound to good but there are some benefits:
1. i get some cash (few cents for every click) that will help me to pay some costs of the site
2. the google bot will visit the site everyday, this will help the site to be better indexed, and more easily to be found which will most likely bring more visitors and, why not, more posters.
I was considering of running these ads for about 2 months and see how things will work.
The ads will be placed somewhere on the forums in a way that won't disturb you and on the site, probably on the left blue bar.