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October 5, 2014 Updates

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

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

August 26, 2014 Updates

The NBA is expanding the area that must be clear behind the basket and cutting the number of photographers along the baseline in an effort to improve player safety. The new regulations, calling for an extra foot of open space on both sides of the basket stanchion, were sent to teams Tuesday by league president of operations Rod Thorn and executive vice president of team marketing and business operations Amy Brooks in a memo that was obtained by The Associated Press. USA Today Sports

Thorn says clearing the congestion behind the playing area was planned even before Indiana's Paul George broke his right leg when he crashed into the stanchion last month during a USA Basketball exhibition game. "The conversations about this topic preceded Paul's injury by several years," Thorn said. "As a matter of fact, at our league meetings in July we informed our teams this was the direction we were going. But of course when an injury occurs like the one to Paul, it reaffirms the changes we have made and the need to continue to evaluate our policies." USA Today Sports

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The NBA announced Thursday that it would be putting its social media identifier, @NBA, right under the words "official game ball," becoming the first league to usher social media literally into the players' hands. "We have a young, tech-savvy fan base," Melissa Rosenthal Brenner, the league's senior vice president for digital media, said. "This acknowledges our commitment to being part of the conversation." ESPN.com

June 19, 2014 Updates

When the Charlotte Hornets unveiled their new uniforms Thursday, many fans noticed a small but telling detail: The NBA's ubiquitous red, white, and blue logo was missing from familiar position on the upper-chest area of the new jerseys. Instead, it appeared on the back, above the player names. The Hornets won't be alone. All NBA teams will be wearing the NBA logo on the back for the 2014-15 season, the league confirmed to ESPN.com. A league official called it a "stylistic move" but declined to comment further. ESPN.com

The move is sure to fuel speculation that the NBA is preparing to move ahead with its long-planned program of jersey advertising. Removing the league logo from the front of the jersey will clear more space for an ad patch and remove what would otherwise be a competing visual icon. Annual revenue from jersey ads has been estimated to be in the $100 million range. ESPN.com

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