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Britt Robson’s Timberwolves blog: not dead yet

Mpls.St.Paul’s Brian Lambert breaks the news that Secrets of the City‘s owners, Tom Bartel and Kris Henning, have “been forced to stop payments to bloggers, including people like veteran writer, Britt Robson, for his tireless Timberwolves/NBA coverage.”

Robson (confession: close pal) probably has more fans than the mangy mutts he covers, but aficionados should know things are not quite that dire.

“If I’m not getting paid, at least through the end of the month, that’s news to me,” says Robson with bemusement. “Tom and I talked yesterday, and he said the sooner it could end the better, but if need be, he’d pay me through the end of the season,” which is April 15.

As a well-deserved going-away present, Bartel offered to reserve brittrobson.com (which currently defaults back to the current blog) and set it up for free.

Of course, some web entrepreneur might want to hook up with the writer, whose coverage is unquestionably the deepest and best-written locally. (And, some say, nationally.) His columns each get between 1,000 and 2,000 hits, with a thriving social-network of commenters who respond to his insight and passion.

A truly smart cookie would figure out how to get him sportsblogging year-round — Robson’s Twins and Vikings insights are also worth seeking out.

The price? I get no commission, but it shouldn’t be outrageous, given Robson’s willingness to toil for SOTC’s high-two-figure per-column fee.

Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Mark Snyder on 03/04/2009 - 02:41 pm.

    I’d love to see Robson get involved with Canis Hoopus, though I’m not sure he’d be able to get paid for that.

  2. Submitted by Kory Lasker on 03/04/2009 - 11:56 pm.

    As a longtime reader of Britt’s TWolves column, It would be really sad to see such detailed coverage go. It’s fascinating from an X’s and O’s standpoint, but it also is more generically appealing because Britt will get into the psychology of the game and the roles people play. For example, there’s the odd reluctance of long-range shooter, Mike Miller, to play to his strengths. It’s really kept me interested in the team, since I’m able to look at things other than simply just the score.

    If you told me I could only have 1 blog per team, I’d go with this triumvirate:

    Twolves = Britt Robson (of course)
    http://secretsofthecity.com/magazine/blogs/ball

    Twins = Aaron Gleeman
    http://www.minnpost.com/aarongleeman/
    http://www.aarongleeman.com

    Vikings = Vikes Geek
    http://vikesgeek.blogspot.com/

    Funny. MinnPost has featured 2 of these 3 writers.

  3. Submitted by Matty Lang on 03/05/2009 - 08:49 am.

    David,

    Does Britt’s column get 1,000 to 2,000 “hits” or 1-2 K “page views”? That’s an important distinction and I’m curious to know. Thanks.

  4. Submitted by Matty Lang on 03/05/2009 - 11:15 am.

    Thanks Britt, that helps. I know the software that the SOTC website is built on so that answers my question.

    For the benefit of other readers, the number Brauer cites is the equivalent of “page views” which is more important than “hits”.

    (Hits count every image, every add, every style sheet, etc. that is downloaded each time someone views the page containing your column. That’s why “hits” is an inflated number to use.)

    Keep up the good work and I hope someone is wise enough to pay you for your valuable work.

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