It has now been nearly two years since BallinEurope was launched in September 2007. We were three guys at the time and our goal was to change the landscape of European basketball blogging. Well, changing the landscape may sound huge, but in fact at that time, BallinEurope was the first and only blog about European basketball in English. This has changed dramatically by today, which is a great thing. But today is the day to announce that BallinEurope has found somebody to take over the blog.
But first of all, let’s take a look back at some of the best and most read stories of these two years. One subject always returns of course, and not girls or cheerleaders — even if those kind of posts were always a big success, too. No, the retuning subject is money.
The most read story at BallinEurope.com was the one discussing the top ten salaries in Europe from the 2007/2008 season. Among all the news on the site, BallinEurope was also known for stories like this one or this one that made the charm of the blog and were one of the reasons for its success. I must admit that I really had a great time and even now I have to smile every time i see Luka Pavicevic. Why? Because I remember the day I wrote this article. MASTER!
So now it is time to say goodbye and to thank all the people that have ever contributed to BallinEurope over the years. I won’t name them of course, because my memory is not that good and I don’t want to miss anyone.
I also want to thank the Euroleague for their collaboration and help they have provided us; we have made of course a lot of fun of you and especially of Euroleague TV (who does not remember the hilarious game from the PalaLottimotica with 7.15-meter tall players). But we know that you read and trusted this site quite well, and that that you even believed this story. By the way, Kirsten, you still owe me some answers! 😉
OK, I’ll stop talking about people I would like to thank for the above=mentioned reasons. You would certainly prefer to know how BallinEurope will continue. Well, the new owner of the website will give you more information about that once he starts writing here, though at present he wishes to remain anonymous.
BallinEurope will be taking a brief vacation for about two weeks while undergoing the transition; however, the Euroleague transfer table will be updated. Tobias and I will continue to work for BallinEurope, but our contributions may be more sporadic than they have been over the last two years. Personally, I will continue to write for my blog about young European basketball players and may have some publications in other languages from time to time, too. Our different personal obligations have forced us to make this step and we are lucky enough to have found somebody that we trust into and who we think will continue in the spirit of BallinEurope.
So let’s say it with the words of our beloved French friends: Le roi est mort. Vive le roi!