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November 13, 2014 Updates

A Hornets spokesperson didn't waste any time introducing the boss. "Michael's here, so we'll have him grab a seat and just open it up for questions and answers. Keep them Hornets-related as opposed to who's better: Kobe or LeBron?" That ignited Jordan's competitive juices, responding in a direct manner to make it seem like neither was on his level. "I don't know who's better," he said, as the whole room laughed. In that regard, Jordan hasn't changed. His business team explained that the boss displays a teasing and competitive sense of humor. Bleacher Report

November 9, 2014 Updates

Members of the black and Latino press are livid at the NBA for what some say are discriminatory new media rules for games. The league has quietly revoked floor access to photojournalists for small­er publications, saying there’s not enough room. Three seasons ago, the NBA allowed 40 camera positions, but this season they are now allowing just 20, 10 on each baseline. In a statement, Rod Thorn, the league’s president of operations, said the policy is about safety. New York Post

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The key, Rose said, is that looming decision with Rondo. “I think it’s going to be crucial what happens with Rondo,” Rose said. “They have to turn him into a player [through trade] and/or a few players that are going to be multi All-Stars. Once you’re able to do that and you’re a winner again then people always want to try to play for a winner.” Boston Globe

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FOX Sports South and SportSouth senior vice president and general manager Jeff Genthner, and Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin, today announced a new long-term television rights agreement. The new agreement goes into effect with the 2015-16 NBA season. Financial terms were not disclosed. Under the new agreement, SportSouth – a FOX Sports regional network – will remain the exclusive regional television partner of the Atlanta Hawks and will produce all locally-available regular season games not exclusively selected by a national network. The regional network will also televise three preseason games, select Hawks Playoff games and produce 10 hours of Hawks-themed original programming each season. NBA.com

FOX Sports South and SportSouth senior vice president and general manager Jeff Genthner, and Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin, announced Thursday a new long-term television rights agreement. The new agreement goes into effect with the 2015-16 NBA season. Financial terms were not disclosed. Under the new agreement, SportSouth -- a FOX Sports regional network -- will remain the exclusive regional television partner of the Atlanta Hawks and will produce all locally-available regular season games not exclusively selected by a national network. The regional network will also televise three preseason games, select Hawks Playoff games and produce 10 hours of Hawks-themed original programming each season. FoxSports.com

October 29, 2014 Updates

Reggie Miller was an announcer during last night’s Lakers-Rockets game, and he took issue with the article in ESPN the Magazine in which writer Henry Abbott quoted anonymous sources to bury Kobe Bryant. “I just feel it’s a coward’s approach to journalism,” Miller said. “I’m not saying everything in Henry Abbott’s article is wrong. It very well could be all right. But if there’s general managers, if there’s players, then put your name to it. Don’t be anonymous. Put your name to it so we can put a microphone in front of you. Why should Kobe Bryant have to answer all the questions about it later when everyone else is hiding behind the shield?” The Big Lead

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Dave Deckard is a Lutheran pastor in rural Idaho by day, but for eight years he's preached the gospel of Portland Trail Blazers basketball by night. The 45-year-old managing editor of Blazer's Edge took over the fan-run website as a hobby at first, but it's evolved into a second job. Deckard, a Portland native, doesn't go to many games. But throughout the past nine years, Blazer's Edge built an active and dedicated readership on the back of a deluge of daily content on all things Blazers —roster breakdowns, trade rumors, links to mainstream media coverage and game recaps. Oregonian

Golliver is gone, and Blazers officials said while the team was an early adopter to granting access to fan-run websites, that access is now more restricted in some respects. Locker room access for fan-run websites like Blazer's Edge is gone, too, and will be evaluated on a situational basis. Access to cover a team practice is available on a requested basis also. "You lose an experienced hand," Michael Lewellen, Blazers VP of Corporate Communications said, "Sometimes you find yourself starting over a little bit." Oregonian

After years of covering home games, Golliver jumped ship this summer for a full-time position with Sports Illustrated. Golliver said if the Blazers hadn't won the 2007 draft lottery, "I don't know what I'd be doing right now." He admits he learned the tools of journalism on the job, and thanked the Blazers for granting him access. "Uninformed opinions don't carry much weight," he said. Oregonian

As everyone in the NBA waits to see how much the Atlanta Hawks will sell for --with some suggesting the number could go as high at $1 billion-- Sports Business Journal reports on how the Nets negotiations with YES could be a factor, perhaps a big, factor in the Nets valuations. Daniel Kaplan reports... Part of the value of the Nets is that club’s ability to soon renegotiate its RSN (regional sports network) deal with YES Network. The Sacramento Kings, for example, secured an extension earlier this year with NBC Sports Group worth an average of $35 million a year over the next two decades, a lucrative sum for a team that plays in the country’s 20th-biggest designated market area. The Nets are currently at $25 million a year playing in the nation’s No. 1 market. NetsDaily

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