As others have pointed out, we're indie in the sense that we're not backed by a large company, even though we're structured as an LLC. Basically, we can say or do anything we want and only have ourselves (and readers, obviously) to answer to.
Bucknuts = 247Sports/CBS
Buckeye Grove = Yahoo!
Dispatch = GateHouse Media
Land Grant Holy Land = SB Nation (Vox)
Lettermen Row = Wolfe family (former owners of WBNS TV, 97.1 FM, the Dispatch, etc.) backing
Buckeye Sports Bulletin = Indie again after being Scout affiliated for a long time
The Ozone = Indie
I've always respected the indie ethos and spirit because it's not easy to do something like this. We've been approached several times through the years but have always wanted to do it our way, so we've never taken funding from anyone. That has its challenges, but it's also so much more rewarding when you can pull it off.