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ESPN, a giant corporate parent company with interests against their employees doing this if they want to keep any sort of journalistic integrity and relationships with LeBron James intact at the same time, warned him to suspend the plane and take down the billboards. That’s when, LeBatard said, he decided it had already gone too far to go back. I said I would not and could not because we were building this up for days on the radio to a crescendo and to simply stop talking about it and not do it with no mention would be dumb, inauthentic, confusing and not me. I was polite about it, but I was insubordinate. I refused to budge. We were flying the plane. So I was suspended, as I should have been. If I’d actually believed in any of this, I might have flown the plane anyway, even while on suspension, but this would be a pretty silly cause for which to lose your job. For The Win

Deep financial problems contributed to the departure of Thunder TV analyst Grant Long, who had held his position with the team since it moved to Oklahoma City in 2008. The Thunder announced his resignation on July 21. Oklahoman

Earlier this year, Long filed for bankruptcy in federal court. His initial paperwork included two out-of-state casinos that Long said he owed more than $300,000 — $195,000 to the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority and $125,000 to Bally’s Park Place. The bankruptcy case was later dismissed. According to records in his filing, Long earned $166,000 from the Thunder in 2013 and $193,000 in 2012. He listed his assets as $65,500 in personal property, including $40,000 for a 2009 Cadillac Escalade and $20,000 for a 2011 Infinity. Oklahoman

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ESPN television and radio host Dan Le Batard was suspended for two days after he paid for billboards in Cleveland that mockingly read "You're Welcome LeBron; Love, Miami" and displayed the two title rings he won with the Heat. The billboards were a sly reference to James' famed letter to Cleveland, which seemed to thank everybody except for Miami fans and their four years of support. The top line was written in Comic Sans, of course. Arizona Republic

ESPN's version of The Fab Five documentary, produced by Jalen Rose, was certainly powerful, but there was one voice missing: Chris Webber. The leader of one of the most iconic teams in college basketball has decided to tell his own version of his life, NBA career, what happened at the University of Michigan and the Fab Five with his own book and documentary, which are coming soon. Webber confirmed the news in Flint during an appearance at Mateen Cleaves' "1 Goal, 1 Passion" basketball camp Thursday, Aug. 7. Booth Newspapers

August 5, 2014 Updates

The duo they were a guest on an Australian Fox Sports News show, speaking on winning the title, their experience with the Spurs, Mills learning from Tony Parker, Baynes’ future in the NBA, Team Australia’s chances at the 2014 FIBA World Cup and much more. But Mills and Baynes get video bombed by none other than the reporter they first video bombed (and shoved Mills near his surgically-repaired shoulder no less) during their interview. ProjectSpurs.com

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Get that weak stuff out of here. That’s what two local newspapers told a Miami sports radio talker about his attempts to place derisive ads targeting hometown hero LeBron James. The Akron Beacon Journal on Wednesday rejected a proposed full-page color ad from the South Florida radio program hosted by Dan Le Batard. The ad was proposed to run in Sunday’s edition of the newspaper. The ad shows the two Miami Heat championship rings James won during his four seasons in South Beach and includes the words “You’re Welcome, LeBron.” The ad is signed “Sincerely, Miami Heat Fans.” Mark Cohen, publisher of the Beacon Journal, said the newspaper was first contacted Tuesday by a representative of The Dan Le Batard Show. After some consideration, the publisher declined to run the ad. “I just don’t think it was appropriate for our community,” Cohen said. “We’re proud that LeBron is back. This is his hometown, and that [ad] is not something we want to be a part of or want to take money for.” A similar ad was rejected this week by the Plain Dealer in Cleveland. Akron Beacon Journal

The NBA Kings have "signed a 20-year media rights extension with NBC Sports Group worth" $690-700M, according to Lombardo & Ourand of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. The new media rights deal "will keep the Kings on Comcast SportsNet California" through the '33-34 NBA season. Sports Business Daily

July 28, 2014 Updates

That man happens to be LeBron James, who recently returned back to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Northeast Ohio Media Group, which owns the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cleveland.com, and a few smaller Ohio newspapers, is advertising for a sports reporter on the "LeBron James beat." From the advertisement: Bring your sports, news and investigative reporting experience to one of the most challenging reporting jobs in the country, covering the sports performance, business dealings and community leadership of basketball star LeBron James. You'll cover all aspects of his roles in Northeast Ohio and nationally as he returns to the Cleveland Cavaliers, writing, creating videos, and posting across multiple platforms including all relevant types of social media. You'll also participate in broadcasts where you discuss James, working closely with reporters assigned to cover the Cavaliers and the NBA. Sports Illustrated

July 24, 2014 Updates

If the gentleman from Kentucky and this league insider are correct, the NBA not only wants to return to a lucrative market, whose absence is costing it significant money, but is seriously considering expansion as an alternative to do so. Three things need to happen before this can come to fruition: Seattle must get the proposed SoDo arena to a shovel-ready condition, the situation with the Clippers must be resolved, and the new TV deal must be inked with sufficient extra revenue to warrant expansion. Sonics Rising

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