BallinEurope.com was founded in September 2007 by Christophe Ney (who now runs the excellent scouting-themed website European Prospects) and Tobias Seitz, both then bloggers for FIBA.com with over 10 years’ worth of experience in the professional basketball world each. The mission then was to “provide a very unique perspective of Basketball in and about Europe.”
Os Davis joined the BallinEurope team in early 2008 as content editor, ultimately taking over management of the website in June 2009. He first began his sportswriting career in Albuquerque, USA, in 1992. He has divided his time between New Mexico and Budapest, Hungary, since 1995. He promises to continue the BallinEurope philosophy of providing a fresh and current look at European basketball with information, opinion and fun in quality fashion with top-notch English-language writing.
In 2012, BallinEurope is proud to regularly run the work of a number of distinguished contributors. As of this writing, the BiE roster includes the following.
• Enrico Cellini is lifelong basketball fanatic and a long-time sportswriter with a focus on Italy and Spain. He was born among European hoops, was raised watching the NBA, and thinks choosing between American and European basketball is like choosing between one’s mother and father. You can follow him on Twitter or check out his Italian-language blog Hoop Addicted.
• Sam Chadwick is the co-head coach of the Solent Kestrels U14 basketball team, along with dividing the remainder of his time among an assistant quantity surveyor job, university studies and sportswriting. Chadwick is a contributor at BBLfans.com, and you can follow him on Twitter at @chadwick9.
• Marko Savkovic fell in love with basketball because: a) his older brother used to play, so it must have been a cool thing to do; and b) he witnessed Vlade Divac, Dino Radja and Toni Kukoc play an exhibition match back in 1988. After learning the fundamentals with Partizan Belgrade, Marko spent four years in FMP Zeleznik’s youth system and another three playing lower-division ball. Years later, as a political science graduate, he found a different career for himself, yet remained devoted to hoops. For BallinEurope, he will be closely following developments in the Adriatic league. You may write him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Germany-based David Hein is often (justifiably, we think) dubbed by BiE as “the hardest-working man in European sportswriting.” Aside from contributing to BallinEurope, FIBA’s official website and the Bundesliga Basketball League official website, he also writes for numerous German- and English-language outlets on sports from soccer and basketball on down. Check out far-ranging samples of his work at heinnews.com.
• Finally, there’s Y., BallinEurope’s ace-in-the-hole, the man-in-the-know in hoops mad Lithuania. Though technically not actually a writer for the website, Y.’s straight dope, input sharp opinion and tales of Mad Vlad are invaluable to us here, so props.
Because we value our readers’ thoughtful opinions, we encourage comment from all on any discussion point. Please do not be offended if comments are edited for clarity or questionable content. BallinEurope.com reserves the right to delete any and all material considered potentially offensive and/or off-topic comments.
If you have any questions, comments, compliments, complaints or just want to drop a line, please feel free to write to Os Davis at email@example.com.
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