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As part of the relationship, Chase will receive prominent logo placement on the Westchester Knicks jersey, a landmark partnership for the new franchise. The Chase logo will appear on both the home and road jerseys, providing the company with unique brand exposure to fans in-arena and other consumers via traditional and digital media platforms. NBA.com

The Chase logo will also appear on the center court jump circle, on the apron of the court, and in additional locations in the Westchester County Center. The partnership helps build a presence for Chase in Westchester County and beyond, with brand integration across the Westchester Knicks’ promotional and marketing initiatives. NBA.com

November 6, 2014 Updates

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has a list of priorities for new NBA Development League President Malcolm Turner. At the top: finding a naming-rights deal for the NBA's 18-team-and-growing minor league. Just like NASCAR's second-tier circuit, the Nationwide Series, has a title sponsor, or an international basketball league has a naming-rights deal, such as the Endesa ACB League in Spain, the NBA seeks more revenue sources. "For the D-League to go to the next level, one of the top items on our agenda is potentially selling a naming-rights deal for the league," Silver told USA TODAY Sports. "There's a naming-rights opportunity for the league, and Malcolm has a great track record in sales." USA Today Sports

Silver also wants Turner to: Continue to use the D-League to make the NBA better, as a testing ground for potential on-court improvements in the NBA. On Wednesday, the D-League announced a set of rules changes, including a coach's challenge and an increase the penalty foul limit to five from four, in an effort to speed up the game. USA Today Sports

November 5, 2014 Updates

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has a list of priorities for new NBA Development League President Malcolm Turner. At the top: finding a naming-rights deal for the NBA's 18-team-and-growing minor league. Just like NASCAR's second-tier circuit, the Nationwide Series, has a title sponsor, or an international basketball league has a naming-rights deal, such as the Endesa ACB League in Spain, the NBA seeks more revenue sources. "For the D-League to go to the next level, one of the top items on our agenda is potentially selling a naming-rights deal for the league," Silver told USA TODAY Sports. "There's a naming-rights opportunity for the league, and Malcolm has a great track record in sales." USA Today Sports

"This is one of the top growth opportunities in sports," Turner said of the D-League. "This is a property that offers great promise and potential with what it is today but also what it can become. It really is great opportunity for the development of the game for a training ground for a host of constituents from players to coaches to front-office staff and officials." USA Today Sports

The D-League, on top of being a minor league for the NBA (one which will by the end of Wednesday already have two call ups this season) but it is a laboratory of NBA experimentation. Whenever the league wants to see how a new rule might work in practice, they try it out in the D-League. That means this year D-League coaches will get a challenge flag (well, the right to challenge a call). That’s one of a few interesting rule changes for this season the D-League announced Wednesday. NBCSports.com

Other rule changes coming to the D-League this year: The “advance” rule — once in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter, a team can advance the ball for a half-court throw-in (after a made basket or the ball going out-of-bounds off the opponent) without having to call a time out. Teams can also substitute in this window. Right now coaches save a couple of time outs to use in the final minutes of a game so they can advance the ball and get the players they want on the court, often the coaches draw up a play in there. Now once per game they don’t have to call a timeout (and slow the game down) to do it. NBCSports.com

The “away from the ball foul” rule, which is designed to thwart the “hack-a-whoever” strategy. Right now players such as the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan and Rockets’ Dwight Howard (among others) may just get fouled and sent to the line because they struggle to knock down the two free throws. Under the new rule the coach of the fouled team can send any player on the court to the line for one of those free throws. That essentially makes it highly likely one of the shots gets made, which makes employing the “hack” strategy far less attractive. NBCSports.com

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