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October 6, 2014 Updates
October 5, 2014 Updates

Richard Sandomir: NBA to announce $24 billion/9 year deal w/ ESPN and TNT on Monday. Annual average value nearly 3x current deal. Twitter

Zach Lowe: WSJ says new rights fee more than doubles old one. Some buzz final $$ #s will be a bit higher than reported, but we'll find out tomorrow. Twitter @ZachLowe_NBA

Rick Bonnell: Sounds like NBA's new TV deal is done. Lots more revenue, which means a higher cap. Get ready for sticker shock on player salaries. Twitter @rick_bonnell

The NBA will announce its new media-rights partnerships on Monday, October 6, the league announced in a press release. Commissioner Adam Silver will address members of the media at 10:00a.m. Eastern time, and the press conference will be broadcast on NBA TV as well as streamed on NBA.com. The NBA’s current media deal, which includes partnerships with ESPN/ABC and Turner, is set to expire after the 2015-16 season. While the exact details of the new agreements won’t be known until tomorrow morning, the league is currently expected to sign lucrative extensions with both companies. NBCSports.com

October 3, 2014 Updates

Portland Trail Blazers guard Will Barton has launched a new personal website called willthethrill.com. Although the Blazers guard has become known in Portland as “The People’s Champ,” he’s been known as “The Thrill” since he started playing basketball as a child. But someone owned the website and Barton had to buy the rights to it, for “about $1200.” Barton says he doesn’t know who owned it, but he doesn’t seem to care much. “I don’t know,” Barton said when he was asked who owned it. “He didn’t need it, I need it. It’s my name.” The Columbian

October 2, 2014 Updates

The NBA is “beginning a review for its creative business,” according to sources cited by Maureen Morrison of AD AGE. Sources said that the process is “being overseen” by Raleigh-based marketing consultancy Hasan+Co. Sports Business Daily

October 1, 2014 Updates

Li-Ning Basketball has come to terms on endorsement deals with NBA rookies Cleanthony Early and Glenn Robinson III. After starring at Wichita State, Early was selected 34th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. The 6-8 forward, who is also from New York, is known for his tenacity and all-around game. He is expected to play behind All-Star Carmelo Anthony. SLAM

September 30, 2014 Updates

Russell Westbrook isn't the only Thunder player in the eyewear game anymore. Kevin Durant and Nike have collaborated on a line of frames which will release this season and in early 2015. The adult collection releases in the next few weeks, while the Young Athlete version (NK 5530) will be available in January. Oklahoman

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Money is one thing; women are another altogether. “We joke that the moment you sign your contract, you become far more handsome than the day before,” Taylor said. Detlef Schrempf, who was at the program to share his own experience in the N.B.A. in the 1980s and ’90s, agreed. “You’re talking about superstar athletes and male hormones,” he said. “For those who want to partake, it’s easily accessible 24/7.” New York Times

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