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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has been named the 'Most Influential Person in Sports Business' by Sports Business Journal.
Silver has had a strong run since taking over from David Stern on February 1 as he ably handled the Donald Sterling saga and then tripled the value of the league's media deal. With an eye towards increasing the league's global brand and legalizing gambling, Silver has some lofty goals that could very well keep him atop this list for years to come. Tue, Dec 9, 2014 10:10:00 AM
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Adam Silver released a statement on Thursday saying that the league disagrees with the recent comments made by NBAP union executive director Michele Roberts.

Roberts had criticized max contracts, the rookie wage scale, and the salary cap during a recent interview, saying that these components of the NBA were "incredibly un-American." Silver responded with: "The Salary Cap system, which splits revenues between team owners and players and has been agreed upon by the NBA and the Players Association since 1982, has served as a foundation for the growth of the league and has enabled NBA players to become the highest paid professional athletes in the world. We will address all of these topics and others with the Players Association at the appropriate time."
Thu, Nov 13, 2014 05:43:00 PM

The NBA's owners voted down proposed changes to the draft lottery system on Tuesday, in favor of the existing system.

The 76ers initially led the charge to keep the current system, which makes sense because they're hoping to land a No. 1 draft pick next summer. They were joined by 12 other teams which voted 'No' on the changes, nearly all of which were small-market teams who felt the changes could favor bigger markets by further increasing their access to elite talent. For a reminder about the current draft lottery's setup, follow the link below.
Source: Wikipedia
Wed, Oct 22, 2014 11:58:00 AM

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that the league is considering rescheduling some marquee games in order to grow the league's audience in China.

As the NBA unveiled a multi-year partnership with China’s Ministry of Education to develop sports education in China, Silver said the league may reschedule some U.S. East Coast games in the morning so they can be seen live in China, which is seen as one of the sport’s biggest growth markets. "I think it will make sense to play some of our games in the East Coast in the morning, so that viewers in China can watch those games in primetime," Silver said.
Source: Variety
Tue, Oct 21, 2014 10:51:00 AM

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the league will consider basing teams in Europe if the arenas are up to league standards.

In an interview with Bloomberg TV on Wednesday, Silver said the NBA would have to weigh the benefits of increasing the potential expansion against possible costs, such as spreading television revenue among more partners. While European expansion could be on the horizon, Silver added that a Chinese team owner and uniform advertising are more likely occurrences in the near future. "It would cause a whole host of companies to become that much more invested in the NBA," Silver said. "Just think about it," Silver said. "If there was a Chinese company that was represented on an NBA jersey, and for the affinity of Chinese fans to see that familiar brand on an NBA team -- that’s going to help grow the game."
Source: Bloomberg
Thu, Oct 16, 2014 10:09:00 AM

The Celtics and Nets will play a 44-minute exhibition game on October 19 as the NBA examines the effect of a shorter game.

"At our recent coaches’ meeting, we had a discussion about the length of our games, and it was suggested that we consider experimenting with a shorter format," NBA President of Basketball Operations Rod Thorn said in a statement. While shortened games should have a positive effect on player safety, it will also be interesting to see what kind of effect is made on substitution patterns, timeout usage, and even television deals. Shortened games will not be on the table for the 2014-15 regular season, but we could see this idea pop up again after the season if all goes well.
Tue, Oct 14, 2014 01:21:00 PM

The NBA is expected to sell the league's national TV rights to ESPN and TNT for $24 billion over nine years, according to Richard Sandomir of the New York Times.

The new deal would kick in after the 2015-16 season and it averages out to $2.7 billion per season, a staggering sum by any measure. LeBron James' decision to sign a short-term contract with opt-out clauses makes a ton of sense in the context of this lucrative deal. Even Lance Stephenson, who signed a below-market-value deal in exchange for future flexibility, could look like a genius if the league's windfall drives up the salary-cap and player salaries as much as expected after 2015-16. The TV contract should be officially announced this week.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 10:43:00 PM

In response to increased criticism of Hawks general manager Danny Ferry, commissioner Adam Silver said "In my view, those comments, taken alone, do not merit his losing his job."

"What I'm saying is – and frankly my opinion — is that this is a team decision in terms of what the appropriate discipline is for their employee," Silver added. It seems as if the commissioner is content with letting the Atlanta Hawks decide what Ferry's punishment should be. Ferry has already stated that he does not intend to resign, so his fate rests with future ownership.
Source: USA Today
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 05:20:00 PM

A TV new deal could be worth more than $2 billion annually with ESPN and TNT.

The current deal brings in $930 million from ESPN and TNT, so this report is a shade higher than expected. Of course, there is more interest in the NBA than in 2007 when the previous deal was agreed upon. Considering this deal and the $2 billion sale of the Clippers, the NBPA will likely want to make some changes to the Collective Bargaining Agreement in a couple seasons.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 10:58:00 AM

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that it remains up to NBA stars to make a personal decision on whether to play for their country.

The combination of Paul George's knee injury, Kevin Durant's withdrawal from Team USA, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban's recent comments led Silver to comment on international play. "It is a big risk without enormous financial reward," Silver said. "I'll only reiterate that ultimately it is a personal decision for these players." Silver added that he expects the topic to come up at the competition meeting and Board of Governor's meeting, but it doesn't sound like the commissioner will be pushing an anti-international play agenda.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Aug 21, 2014 11:10:00 AM

NBA referee Dick Bavetta will retire this summer after 39 years with the league, during which he called a record 2,635 regular season games.

Bavetta also called 270 playoff games, including 27 Finals games, and his retirement at age 74 is a bittersweet moment for NBA fans. He summed up his approach to his job during an interview in 2006, saying, "I've always felt the responsibility I take on as an NBA referee is 365 days a year, 24/7. If someone never meets another NBA referee, they're going to judge all NBA referees by me."
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 02:35:00 PM

The NBA's experiment with an extended All-Star break will be used in the 2014-15 season.

The minimum break for teams will be eight days while some teams will have even more time off. The schedule has usually been just about every team will play on the Wednesday before the break, four teams will play on the Thursday, and teams will return to action on either the following Tuesday or Wednesday.
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 03:58:00 PM

Despite the recent horrific injury to Paul George, no one on the current roster is expected to withdraw their names from consideration for the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

"No one [on] this team wants to walk away because that would seem unfair to Paul," said one GM who has a player on the current Team USA roster. "If there is any fallout from this injury, it may not be felt until the next time invites [for Team USA] go out." George's injury has changed the discussion on star players suiting up for international competition, but it appears the guys on the current roster are committed to bringing home another gold for Team USA.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Aug 4, 2014 05:06:00 PM

The NBA has cut down on its courtside photographers in half over the past few years.

There's not a month in the NBA that goes by without a player crashing into photographers, and the NBA had already taken a preventative measure before Friday's horrific accident.
Sat, Aug 2, 2014 08:47:00 PM

Paul George's leg injury could be a tipping point for the use of star players in international play.

An NBA general manager called it a "game-changer." Before his gruesome injury, George was really excited about playing for Team USA, and Damian Lillard has already said he wants to continue to play for his country following Friday night's scrimmage. The NBA has really come together through this injury and seemingly every player has wished George a strong recovery.
Sat, Aug 2, 2014 09:14:00 AM

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