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February 11, 2014 Updates

Ethan J. Skolnick: Eddie House is doing pregame and postgame TV work for Suns. Famous for his "middle fingers to the haters" line in 2010. Twitter @EthanJSkolnick

Jackson blamed the media for making it seem like he took a shot at Bogut. "I understand how you can make it much more appealing and go for the home run," he said. "But in three years, in the 23-win season, I didn't throw anybody under the bus. And you can wait and wait and wait. And it won't happen here until somebody else is sitting here. That's not my M.O., and contrary to the choir, it won't be my M.O. I believe in every one of my guys, and I'm proud of what we've been able to do, and I'll go down being me. I can't be anybody else." Oakland Tribune

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He isn’t done, either. Now it’s about putting a short-handed roster, without injured Derrick Rose and traded Luol Deng, on his shoulders and leading it on a playoff run. ‘‘It [stinks] to be a reporter, man,’’ Noah said last week of the doubters he and his teammates have heard this season. ‘‘It’s not about what people say; it’s about what we think. It’s about what people think in this locker room. I just appreciate my teammates’ effort, and I think that’s bigger than anything.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

New NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has selected seven team governors to advise him on the league’s coming media talks, providing the surest sign yet that those negotiations are about to become much more intense. Sports Business Daily

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The Sacramento Kings made a little bit of NBA history Wednesday night. For the first time in franchise history and, so the club claims, NBA history, the game presentation featured a female public address announcer. Jaime Coffee, who announced games for the now-defunct Sacramento Monarchs of the WNBA between 2001 and 2009, was called upon to fill in for regular PA man Scott Moak, who was forced to miss his first game since 2002 due to illness. "This opportunity to announce an NBA game is a dream come true for me," Coffee said in a statement provided by the Kings. "To have the chance to fill in for a great announcer like Scott Moak and work in front of the best fans in the NBA is just incredible." FOXnews.com

January 28, 2014 Updates

Former Nuggets player, coach and executive Dan Issel is scheduled to work as an analyst alongside play-by-play man Chris Marlowe for Denver's next two telecasts on Altitude Sports & Entertainment. Issel is set to fill in Wednesday and Friday for Scott Hastings, who is doing broadcast work as part of the Super Bowl coverage this week in New York and New Jersey. NBA.com

With the economy struggling and ad budgets slashed in 2001, the NBA was in the wrong place at the wrong time when talks began for a post-MJ TV deal. NBC’s Bob Ebersol, who had walked away from the NFL four years before, offered a 33% cut from $1.8 billion to $1.2 billion--going that high only because Stern had invited the Walt Disney Co. into the process. Noting Disney's losses from televising NFL games at sky-high rates, media analyst Brian Schecter told the New York Times, “If David Stern pulls this out of his hat, he's a true magician of TV rights negotiations.” Stern pulled a six-year deal averaging $767 million out of his hat--with Disney paying $485 million of it, 50% more than NBC offered--taking the bulk of his package to (gasp) cable with ABC airing fewer games and only two rounds of the playoffs and the rest on ESPN and Turner. Daring as it seemed at the time ("Cable is said to muscle out NBC for NBA rights," said the New York Times headline), it carried the league to the brink of a better day. Forbes.com

January 27, 2014 Updates

Details about Utah Jazz CEO Greg Miller's upcoming appearance on the hit reality TV show "Undercover Boss" have been released. A CBS news release confirms the episode for 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, saying that Miller will "attempt to make halftime history" as he works with the Jazz dunk team. "Also," the statement adds, "the boss’ team spirit is put to the test when he is asked to become a human basketball hoop as a member of the Interactive Team." An image of Miller's disguise was also released, showing him with a dark brown beard, fake teeth, glasses and a Jazz hat, making him unrecognizable at first glance. Whether the costume fooled Miller's own employees remains to be seen. Deseret News

January 23, 2014 Updates

Stern was one of the first commissioners to migrate the NBA to cable television while advancing opportunities in the field of digital media. He created NBA.com in 1995, the first league to integrate both team and league websites. The NBA then launched NBA TV in 1999 (then called NBA.com TV), and the league has long embraced various social media channels to drive its brand. “It was David’s vision and his smart, forward thinking that really put Turner on the map,” said David Levy, president of Turner Sports. “He was the only commissioner at the time to look at cable and Turner/ESPN as an option. He put his crown jewels on cable well before any of the other top leagues. He trusted us with the postseason. He trusted us with the All-Star Game. He trusted us with his brand at NBA TV and NBA Digital. These moves were both risky and visionary at the same time.” Sports Business Daily

January 22, 2014 Updates

Ted Leonsis has talked quite a bit about why his organization created the all-digital Monumental Network, and what that will mean for the Wizards’ and Capitals’ TV rights in the future. But that remains among the most important local sports business stories going, and every time he talks he adds a few details. Thus, here is Leonsis talking about the issue during a recent appearance at the University of Maryland’s Phillip Merrill College of Journalism and the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism. For his thoughts on dealing with official media partners, see here. Washington Post

Spike Lee can now talk about his beloved New York Knicks, or any other basketball topic, all he wants. The director and passionate Knicks fan will host a show on NBA Radio beginning next week, discussing topics from around the league. "Spike Lee's Best Seat in the House" debuts Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. EST on SiriusXM Channel 217 and will air every other week, featuring guests from both the sports and entertainment worlds. 3News.co.nz

January 14, 2014 Updates

After the Knicks had survived a 98-96 overtime encounter with the Suns, Carmelo Anthony didn’t want to be reminded of what lay ahead. After doing his on-court postgame interview with MSG Network, Tina Cervasio casually said she’ll see him Tuesday in Charlotte at the game. Not realizing the mike was still on, Anthony blurted, “We have another game? s- -t.” New York Post

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