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September 18, 2014 Updates

HARMAN International and the NBA announced a four-year partnership that will make HARMAN the official headphone, speaker and audio partner of the NBA, WNBA, NBA D-League and USA Basketball. The partnership will focus on HARMAN’s JBL brand. The deal presents a tremendous opportunity for JBL, a lesser-known commodity in a headphones space that is dominated by Beats Audio and Bose. HARMAN becomes the NBA’s first-ever marketing partner in the aforementioned categories, making it a slam dunk for the league. The Fields of Green

September 10, 2014 Updates

Patrick Rishe, a professor of sports business at Webster University, estimates the Hawks will go for more than $700 million, though probably less than $1 billion. He said the Philips Arena in Atlanta is a much newer and better facility than those in Sacramento and Milwaukee. Rishe also thinks that if the new owners can't solve the team's attendance problem before the current lease expires in 2018, the Hawks could move to an open market such as Seattle, Las Vegas or Kansas City -- although all of those are significantly smaller than Atlanta. Click On Detroit

TMZ Sports has learned NBA legend Dominique Wilkins is actively trying to become the next owner of the Atlanta Hawks. Multiple NBA sources tell us ... Dominique is "extremely interested" in becoming the next owner of the Hawks -- and has already been pre-approved for ownership by the NBA. TMZ.com

September 8, 2014 Updates

A final deal might not be signed or announced before the new season, but talks with ESPN and Turner are advanced enough that sources said there is little chance the NBA will carve out a third package for another network, like Fox Sports or NBC Sports. ESPN, in particular, has been adamant during negotiations that the NBA not develop a new package to sell to a competitive sports network, sources said. Sports Business Daily

September 5, 2014 Updates

Here's some context. About 1.3 million American viewers tuned in to see Team USA beat Turkey. That's out of 314 million Americans, so about 0.4 percent of Americans watched that game. Turkey managed to have 1 million viewers itself despite a population of 74 million and, based on what the internet and common sense tell us, far fewer television households. So 1.3 percent of Turks watched the game, a rate four times as high as that of the United States. SB Nation

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Steve Kyler: The Durant brand at Nike generated more than $175 million in 2013 sales, up from $35 million in 2012 - kicking KD $25-$28m won't kill them. LeBron James’ Nike brand generated $300 million in 2013 sales - so there is a lot of room for KD's brand to grow... Jordan did $2.25 billion. Twitter @stevekylerNBA

After completing the long-rumored trade that sent Love to the Cavaliers and brought Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young to Minnesota, the Timberwolves have sold more than 300 full season-ticket packages in the last week. That beats the previous record in 2011 that was set when Ricky Rubio announced that he was coming over from Spain to play for the team. "The organization, from president-level on down has just been re-energized," Timberwolves senior vice president and chief revenue officer Ryan Tanke said. "Part of it is hope, and you have this great new hope. Associated Press

August 22, 2014 Updates

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