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Age / DOB:  (52) / 4/25/1962
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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. Sep 10 - 5:20 PM
Source: USA Today

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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

With so many players on the verge of signing new deals due to free agency, the players union issued a warning on Tuesday, advising them to use a provision during the 2016-17 season that will allow players to be paid out over 18 months instead of a year, in case there's a work stoppage in the summer of 2017.

Being paid out over 18 months for that season would likely keep paychecks coming throughout an entire work stoppage, if it were to happen. Both players and owners have the ability to opt out of the current collective bargaining agreement after the 2016-17 season, and the memo can be looked at two ways. Either one or both sides are expecting a work stoppage in a couple years, or the union is simply doing its due diligence and giving the players sound advice, just in case. Either way, another work stoppage in the summer of 2017 is certainly a possibility.
Source: Indy Star
Jul 1 - 1:44 PM

The NBA will move its logo to the back of jerseys for next season.

It was on the left shoulder, but the news broke with the Hornets unveiling their new jerseys today. The logo will appear above the last name of players and will be about the same size. This is nothing new for the NBA and is all designed to increase jersey sales. In case you missed it, you can check out the new Charlotte jerseys in the link below.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 19 - 9:40 PM

Adam Silver stated during his annual Finals address that he didn't think the $2 billion dollar price tag on the sale of the LA Clippers was "over-inflated."

"The market is what it is," Silver said. "I don’t think [$2 billion] is over-inflated in any way. There were several other bidders in addition to Steve Ballmer... and many came fairly close to the price he ultimately paid." Silver also confirmed that there is no possibility that the lifetime ban, or fines given to Donald Sterling will be rescinded or changed in any way.
Jun 9 - 5:51 PM

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