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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
October 2, 2014 Updates

A day after locking up its most prominent college basketball analyst in Dick Vitale, ESPN has extended another important figure from its college basketball coverage. Jay Bilas has agreed to a new contract through the 2022-23 season, adding the network’s primetime Saturday games to his role on College GameDay. The morning pregame show, like the college football version, originates from the site of that night’s primetime game. Broadcasting & Cable

September 30, 2014 Updates

Kostas Papanikolaou: A few hours later I watched my first NFL game, with the Texans hosting the Bills. There I met, Spero Dedes, another fellow Greek that is very successful on TV, as a play-by-play announcer on the CBS network. We met for few minutes, during halftime, and he is an exceptional guy. They even let me watch them while they were broadcasting the game live on TV. It was a great experience. I will meet with Spero again, when I will be in Los Angeles for the opening night game against the Lakers. NBA.com

September 26, 2014 Updates

Jeremy Lin of the Los Angeles Lakers joined the Whistle Sports Network, bringing his YouTube channel with almost 400,000 subscribers to the sports-focused digital media platform started eight months ago. Lin, a Harvard University graduate and the first Taiwanese-or Chinese-American to play in the National Basketball Association, said the partnership will help expand his YouTube presence and interaction with fans. Bloomberg

September 24, 2014 Updates

Sacramento Kings broadcaster Kayte Christensen was released from the Sacramento County Jail Tuesday after being arrested for driving under the influence Monday. She had a blood alcohol level of 0.08 when she was arrested Monday, according to online arrest logs. Jail records indicate she was released Tuesday. Further information about her arrest were not immediately known. Merced Sun-Star

“I want to be forthcoming because I deeply regret the choices I made last night. First, I want to apologize to my family because they know this is not behavior that is indicative of my character. I also am sincerely sorry to the Sacramento Kings organization and all our fans who put faith and confidence in me,” she said in a statement release by the Kings. She also said she takes full responsibility for her actions and that she looks forward to winning back the trust of the public and young fans. Merced Sun-Star

September 21, 2014 Updates
September 20, 2014 Updates

The Toronto Raptors announced Saturday the team’s annual media day will take place Monday, September 29 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Real Sports Bar & Grill (15 York Street). Players and coaches will be available for interviews and photos. Head Coach Dwane Casey and his team begin training camp in Toronto on the Air Canada Centre practice court September 30 before moving to Vancouver from October 1-5. A specific practice schedule with days and times will be released in the near future. NBA.com

September 17, 2014 Updates

The Oklahoma City Thunder announced today that Michael Cage is joining the Thunder broadcast team as its new analyst. Cage joins play-by-play announcer Brian Davis, who begins his seventh season as the TV voice of the Thunder on FOX Sports Oklahoma. Sideline reporter and host Lesley McCaslin returns for her third season with the Thunder. Cage played 15 seasons from 1984-2000 as a power forward in the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers, Seattle Supersonics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets. He led the NBA in rebounding in 1988, capturing the title by grabbing 30 rebounds in the final game of the regular season. “We are very excited and proud to have Michael Cage become part of the Thunder broadcast team,” said Dan Mahoney, Thunder vice president of Corporate Communications. “Michael brings experience, energy, knowledge and passion for the game. We think our fans will enjoy his perspective and knowledge gained by playing more than 1,000 games in the NBA.” NBA.com

September 12, 2014 Updates

So the guy from Slovenia brought a bottle of wine with him Friday night, and he was not going to take “no” for an answer from Krzyzewski under any circumstances, no matter how uncomfortable it was making the FIBA media officials. “I have a gift for you,” the reporter said. “Don’t bring anything up here,” Coach K warned. But security being just a tad lax at this event compared to previous versions of the World Cup (back when it was known as the World Championship), the reporter was undeterred. “It’s not such great wine, but sometimes you have to be modest,” the reporter said as he walked the bottle up to the podium and handed it to Coach K, who was gracious enough to go with the flow and accept it. SheridanHoops

September 8, 2014 Updates

Talks have progressed so rapidly that details are emerging on a massive agreement that would see the league’s annual rights fee more than double, with ESPN and Turner combining to pay more than $2 billion per year on average. One source said ESPN already has committed to pay “well over” $1 billion per year, and Turner is not far behind for a media rights extension that would kick in with the 2016-17 season. Sports Business Daily

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