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BBR Blog Runs out the Clock

Posted by Sean Forman on November 1, 2011

One of the tough parts of running a business is deciding when to put more effort into something and when to not. We know we've been pretty silent here since the end of the season, and after a lot of internal debate, we've decided to stop posting editorial content on the BBR blog.

This obviously has nothing to do with the quality of the content produced by lead writer, Neil Paine. His posts were phenomenal, and I know many readers looked forward to them every week. A big thanks to Neil for making this such a vital place for basketball discussion and analysis. As a small company, focus is vital for our success, and we are choosing to focus our energy on pumping out as much statistical basketball data as possible and that means cutting back in other areas.

None of the existing content is going to go away. We'll keep it up here for as long as the site is open (which we intend to be a very long time). If you would like to contact Neil, he's available at [email protected].

Thank you most of all for your patronage.

27 Responses to “BBR Blog Runs out the Clock”

  1. David Aldridge Says:

    You will be missed. Thank you for all the hard work and dedication.

  2. Paul Alexander Says:

    This is a real bummer. I just checked here not even an hour ago in the hopes that something new would have been posted. Do you think there's a possibility of it reincarnating once the season starts up? We need Neil!

  3. Tom Ziller Says:

    This is too bad, because the content is simply great. Hope it makes business sense to rethink this if/when the season starts.

  4. Tom Haberstroh Says:

    Hope to see you back here soon, Neil. Thanks, Sean, for continuing to share the information with the masses.

  5. David Roher Says:

    This is a drag -- really enjoyed your work here and hope it's back up soon.

  6. Matt Says:

    First the lockout ends Kris Humphries marriage and now this?! In all seriousness I hope you reconsider. The BBR blog is a treasure trove of information that will be sorely missed.

  7. Sean Forman Says:

    Thank you for the notes, and I certainly understand the disappointment.

    If Neil ends up blogging at another site, we'll definite provide an update here, so folks can follow him to a new address.

  8. Mike Monroe Says:

    Tell us the truth: Neil has been secretly hired by NBA/NBPA to arbitrate (binding arbitration, not mediation) the collective bargaining impasse.

  9. Ben Says:

    That's too bad. I probably read a higher percentage of the NBA writing on the blog here than anywhere else. Neil - you'll be missed.

  10. Jay Says:

    Ok, now i'm really depressed. This was one of my favorite basketball blogs to read, and typically served as a great reference for backing up my side of an argument with friends.. haha. The lockout is apparently killing more things than just NBA basketball. Sad to hear, but looking forward to improvements on bball reference going forward.

  11. DSMok1 Says:

    That's too bad, Sean. This blog will be missed. Neil's work was very good.

    I look forward to seeing what new things are part of "pumping out as much statistical basketball data as possible", though.


  12. Bret Bearup Says:

    This is unwelcome news. I've always found the blog writing here interesting, provocative and helpful.

  13. Frankie Buckets Says:

    Say it aint so, But really one of my favorite websites ever! The blog will be missed, thanks for all the hard work Neil.

  14. Frankie Buckets Says:

    One of my favorite websites ever! The blog will be missed, thanks for all the hard work Neil.

  15. Frankie Buckets Says:

    So nice I said it twice kinda...

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  17. JLK1 Says:

    Neil, I enjoyed reading your posts here. If you ever start blogging somewhere else, do let us know.

  18. Robert August de Meijer Says:

    Oooh, I still check here every day hoping for a new blog post. I'm terribly grateful for Neil's work here.

  19. anon x 2 Says:

    Well, this blows. I will miss this blog, greatly. Thanks for all your posts, Neil.

  20. Mike G Says:

    One of the best things about Neil's blog was that the actual resources here at were used, cited, linked. It was almost a course in How to Use

    I hope the animated ads are hugely helping the revenue stream, because they really bog down the use of the site.

  21. Battaile Fauber Says:


  22. Myles Says:

    I agree with Battaile Fauber.

  23. Sean Forman Says:


    We certainly intend to continue educating users on how to use the site. It will just be taking a different more direct form.

  24. Jason J Says:


    For the record, I think I have written 7 times as many comments on Neil and Justin posts here as I have posts on my own basketball blog. The level of creativity and insight has been second to none.

    Thanks for all the free entertainment and interesting debates over the last couple of years.

  25. Ian Says:

    Sad day for BBR. Thank you for all of the great posts. I've learned a ton!

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  27. Keith Ellis Says:

    Like MikeG I've found the blog to be a useful starter-upper for research on the Bkb-Ref site. Thanks for the memories, Neil -- job well done!