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March 3, 2015 Updates

FanDuel has succeeded by giving its fans a short-term option: one-day fantasy sports. The Indiana Pacers are eying a longer-term commitment from the New York-based leader in the industry of daily fantasy sports – a lucrative sponsorship deal. The team said Monday it is in early talks with FanDuel and hopes to have a deal worked out by next season. But it could happen sooner. "We are in constant communication," said Todd Taylor, chief sales and marketing officer for Pacers Sports & Entertainment. "These deals sort of pop up sometimes. We would want to make sure we've crossed all of our t's and dotted our i's. But if they called us up tomorrow, we would want to move as quickly as possible." Indianapolis Star

March 2, 2015 Updates

Sols, a 3D printing company, may change how shoes are built for customers. Sols’ goal is to essentially eliminate shoe sizes — with three pictures of a customer’s foot, Sols can create a custom orthotic and from there build the custom shoe. Knicks star Carmelo Anthony is a main investor in the company. The general idea would be that Sols creates the base of the shoe and any leathers on top of the shoe could be created around that base. Have high arches? No problem, Sols will be custom fitted to your specific foot. In between sizes? Once again, it won’t matter because each base of the shoe is custom built. The Fields of Green

February 24, 2015 Updates

In making a point about how he became more serious about taking care of his body as he grew older, LeBron James said he "ate McDonald's" as a teenage rookie with the Cleveland Cavaliers. McDonald's, the global, fast-food behemoth is a multi-million-dollar sponsor of James. Though the company has added healthy options to its menu over the years, it's still often associated with traditional items like the Big Mac and french fries. It happened today, when James was asked before shootaround for tonight's road game against the Detroit Pistons how old he was when he became serious about lifting weights. James replied: "Umm, 24. I ate McDonald's my first couple years in the NBA. I didn't stretch. It didn't matter. I was 18 and I could do whatever I wanted to." Perhaps sensing the mistake, James recovered when he was asked later when he last ate at McDonald's. "Every day. Every day. Every day," James said, drawing laughter from reporters. "I had it this morning. Egg and sausage McMuffin. All day." Cleveland Plain Dealer

February 20, 2015 Updates

The Clippers announced Friday that they have partnered with American Airlines in a multiyear agreement, the team's first new significant corporate partner since Steve Ballmer purchased the team for a record $2 billion. Los Angeles Times

February 16, 2015 Updates

Sports Business Journal is out with its midseason local TV ratings story and it's not good for the Brooklyn Nets. In another measure of mediocrity, a little more than one-half of one percent of the New York market's TVs are tuned to YES for Nets games. That means Brooklyn has "the lowest average rating in the league," SBJ's John Ourand & David Broughton report. The Nets drop in ratings --29 percent-- is the fourth largest drop in rating this season. The Knicks, whose audience is more than three times larger than the Nets, also suffered a big drop, 28 percent. NetsDaily

February 14, 2015 Updates
February 13, 2015 Updates

Ken Berger: Roberts says the board of player reps voted unanimously to reject the NBA's "smoothing" proposal for increase in TV revenues. The NBA had proposed that the dramatic increase in TV revenues coming in 2016 be gradually incorporated into the salary cap. Twitter @KBergCBS

Tim Bontemps: Roberts says there could be a counter proposal, but the union hasn't had a chance to decide whether it will produce one. Roberts says that advancing the new TV money in ahead of time is not something that has been proposed by the league at this time. Twitter @TimBontemps

February 11, 2015 Updates
February 10, 2015 Updates

Earvin "Magic" Johnson is open to dishing out another big assist ... to the NFL. The NBA icon told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday that he can envision becoming involved with whatever NFL franchise ultimately lands in Los Angeles, which would bolster local presence as the league ponders a return to the USA's second-largest market. Johnson -- who has ownership stakes in the Los Angeles Dodgers, the WNBA Los Angeles Sparks and a new professional soccer team, the Los Angeles Football Club – said that he hasn't been contacted about a role by anyone with an NFL connection but is open-minded regarding the prospects. USA Today Sports

February 4, 2015 Updates
January 30, 2015 Updates

The linchpin to Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to invest $220 million in state bonds to help build a new, multipurpose arena in downtown Milwaukee is last year's agreement between the National Basketball Association and Turner Broadcasting and the Walt Disney Co., which owns ABC and ESPN. The dramatic increase in the rights deals between the league and the broadcasting companies ensured franchises in the league that revenue would at least double over the nine-year term of the deal. That means both teams and their players are in line for fatter bottom lines and bigger paychecks. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Tencent Holdings Ltd. said it has agreed to become the National Basketball Association’s exclusive online partner in China, the latest in a series of alliances aimed at beefing up its entertainment offerings for Chinese Internet users. Wall Street Journal

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