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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." Oct 16 - 10:09 AM
Source: Bloomberg

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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.
Oct 14 - 1:21 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.
Oct 5 - 10:43 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
Sep 10 - 5:20 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.
Sep 8 - 10:58 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
Aug 21 - 11:10 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."
Source: NBA.com
Aug 19 - 2:35 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.
Aug 13 - 3:58 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
Aug 4 - 5:06 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.
Aug 2 - 8:47 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.
Aug 2 - 9:14 AM

The NBA is adding their twitter handle to game balls next season.

This seems like a good promotional move as the NBA continues to expand its brand in the United States, and across the globe. Social media is becoming a large part of sports, and other other professional leagues may soon follow suit in embracing the benefits it provides.
Jul 31 - 2:11 PM

Commissioner Adam Silver said on Tuesday that the league is considering the possibility of adding a mid-season tournament in Las Vegas, according to Steve Aschburner of NBA.com

Silver highlights the growing popularity of Summer League, including a 25 percent increase in attendance, as the catalyst for a potential mid-season tournament. However, the idea seems to be purely hypothetical at this point and still remains highly unlikely as long as the NBA regular season is 82 games. Silver also touches on implementing centralized replay in the NBA, the ongoing upcoming national TV contract, and free agency.
Jul 16 - 9:37 AM

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said recently that franchises which have won championships will have small gold tags on the back of their jerseys next season.

The league is also considering a mid-season tournament similar to the FA Cup in soccer, which is a knockout tournament. It's unclear how serious the league is about the idea, and at the very least the Players' Association would likely push back against adding even more games to the schedule.
Jul 15 - 9:20 PM

The NBA announced the 2014-15 salary cap will be $63.065 million and the tax level also increases to $76.829 million.

This is up from just under $59 million last year and now players can officially be signed on Thursday. This is basically the expectation coming in from most teams, so it's not really going to have any major effects in how free agency shakes out. Additionally, the cap apron will also increase to $80.829 million for teams using non-taxpayer exceptions, and the salary floor is at $56.759 million.
Jul 9 - 5:09 PM

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