Blake Murphy is a freelance sports writer based out of Toronto and formerly a news editor at theScore. He has contributed to Sportsnet, TSN, ESPN, The Athletic, Vice, SB Nation, Post Media, Fangraphs and more.
Previously, Blake earned a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University, and then spent several years working in Production Control for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada. He also completed one year of a Masters of Journalism from the University of British Columbia and may finish it one day. May.
Currently Writing For…
Raptors Republic, a basketball site providing Toronto Raptors content for ESPN’s True Hoop Network. Blake is the site’s Managing Editor and more or less a full-time employee, insomuch as blogs can have employees. He provides pre-game and post-game analysis, editorials and other analytic pieces. The ESPN affiliation sees Blake occasionally pop up on ESPN.com or on their Twitter feeds.
Vice Sports, where he provides unique feature stories across a number of different sports.
The Athletic, where he provides analysis and features on the Raptors, Blue Jays, and Maple Leafs.
Dime Magazine/Uproxx Sports, where he writes NBA features.
Raptors.com/Raptors905.com, where he helps explain some of the complexities of the CBA/roster rules/trades/etc.
He also makes regular radio appearances on Sportsnet 590, TSN 1050, and TSN 1150, the audio from which gets posted at this site.
Occasionally Providing Content For…
Sportsnet, one of Canada’s two primary sports outlets, where he provides Toronto Raptors analysis.
Fangraphs, a leading baseball analytics site, where he contributes regularly. He can primarily be found on the Rotographs side of the site, providing fantasy baseball analysis multiple times each week. Blake also contributed to Fangraphs+ for the 2014 and 2016 seasons, filling in 100-150 word capsules for roughly 50 players and providing additional analysis for subscribers.
The Leafs Nation, a Toronto Maple Leafs site, providing statistical analysis and editorial content.
Nylon Calculus, a basketball site on the FanSided network dedicated to exploring analytics through a mix of research, discussion, storytelling and education. Blake focuses on the storytelling, because they employ much smarter people for the research.
The Hardball Times, a baseball commentary and analysis site that is the sister-site of Fangraphs. Blake provides occasional analysis and commentary and has appeared in The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2014 in print.
Cageside Seats, SB Nation’s pro wrestling blog, providing occasional commentary.
Previously Contributed To…
theScore, a leading, mobile-first sports app, where he is a full-time NBA news editor who occasionally dabbled in MLB, MMA and NCAAB coverage. You’ll find more about his role at theScore on this site but for a full portfolio you can check out his theScore author page.
UBC Thunderbirds, the University of British Columbia Athletic Department site. Blake was a Sports Information Assistant and wrote post-game recaps and feature articles. He also occasionally filled in doing play-by-play commentary for basketball games and color commentary for hockey games.
The Edmonton Journal, a Post Media newspaper in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where he did a short between-semesters internship in the sports department.
Beyond the Boxscore, a preeminent sabermetric baseball analytics site on Vox Media’s SB Nation platform. Blake provides stat-based baseball analysis, using advanced statistics to highlight interesting stories that may go unnoticed by traditional stats.
The On Deck Circle, his own personal sports blog for anything that didn’t fit on one of these previous sites.
Bluebird Banter, a Toronto Blue Jays site, providing statistical analysis and editorial content.
Canucks Army, a Vancouver Canucks site, providing statistical analysis and editorial content.
Hoopdata, a preeminent statistical basketball analytics site and member of ESPN’s True Hoop Network. Blake provided stat-based basketball analysis aimed to make advanced stats more accessible to the everyday fan.
Hoops Addict, a basketball analysis site, providing editorials and analytic articles.
PWInsider, the internet’s elite wrestling news and analysis site. Blake provides occasional editorials for the PWInsider Xtra section of the site.
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