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August 22, 2013 Updates

NBA owners have considered selling advertising on team jerseys, but, for now, no decisions have been made. As for practice jerseys, that is another matter, as the Charlotte Bobcats have made clear in a new partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. A multi-year extension of the health insurance company’s sponsorship of the NBA franchise includes rights to put the Blue Cross and Blue Shield logo on Bobcats practice jerseys during training camp and make the company the presenting sponsor of training camp. The deal covers the 2013 and 2014 seasons for training camp. Financial terms weren’t disclosed, but industry experts estimate the company’s investment to be in the range of $500,000 to $750,000 annually. Business News

August 20, 2013 Updates

Dave McMenamin: The Lakers will wear short-sleeve jerseys next season, according to a team source. LAL's will be white and they'll wear them "several" games Twitter @mcten

August 8, 2013 Updates

The Pistons announced that Power Hour would return this season. Power Hour — 90 minutes before each home game in the North Pavilion at the Palace — offers fans merchandise, food and beverage specials along with special appearances from players, former players, broadcasters and Pistons entertainment teams. Detroit Free Press

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Other items that commanded top dollar in the sale, conducted by New Jersey-based Goldin Auctions, included Bryant's 2000 NBA All-Star ring ($55,597), and two of his game-used high school uniforms ($50,150 and $41,694). The items, consigned by his parents, turned into a legal battle when Bryant found out they were selling the nearly 100 items that he said were not theirs to sell. Documents provided to the auction company by the Bryant's had said otherwise. Eventually, a settlement was reached that resulted in about 90 percent of the items being pulled out of the auction. ESPN.com

July 10, 2013 Updates
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The Golden State Warriors debuted a short-sleeved alternate jersey during the 2012-13 season, which were widely panned. However, that isn’t stopping the Indiana Pacers from following suit. The team tweeted out this picture of the new jerseys they’re road-testing at Summer League in Orlando. And they’re pretty gross. Seriously, the Pacers aren’t even trying here. For The Win

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June 26, 2013 Updates

Nevertheless, Jones is not someone who will stand out in history — it's likely he'll go down as the player who the Los Angeles Lakers traded to the Charlotte Hornets in 1999 so that a young Kobe Bryant could take on a bigger role. Like many players through history, Jones will be remembered almost entirely by fans who came of age in his particular era. That's a shame, in a way, because Jones was valuable and deserves notice. Of course, it is maybe a little goofy to own 11 different Eddie Jones jerseys. This photo does not lie (via @traread): Yahoo! Sports

June 10, 2013 Updates

"We regret our actions and statements related to the Kobe Bryant auction memorabilia," said Joe and Pamela Bryant in a statement, provided by a publicist. "We apologize for any misunderstanding and unintended pain we have caused our son and appreciate the financial support he has provided over the years. We also apologize to Goldin Auctions for their inadvertent involvement in this matter and thank them for their assistance." While Goldin said he wasn't free to divulge the terms of the settlement, what is clear is that approximately 90 percent of what previously was being offered has been pulled off the table. Goldin Auctions is now only offering six items for sale, though they are still some of the most highly coveted. ESPN.com

May 31, 2013 Updates

Shaquille O’Neal has been Superman, the Big Diesel, the Big Aristotle and the Big AARP, among other nicknames. Now, he can add the Big High-Fructose Corn Syrup to that list. Shaq is launching a line of cream sodas with Arizona Beverage. It will come in at least four flavors (pictured: strawberry, orange, vanilla and blueberry), and according to Sports Business Daily, 50 million cans will be in circulation in June. For The Win

May 19, 2013 Updates
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Julien’s Auctions will present historic collections including iconic pieces from the Harlan Werner Muhammad Ali Collection, the Whalen “Whaley” Monica World Series and All-Star Game collection in its entirety, and the collection of NBA Legend Elgin Baylor. Basketball will take center court when the Collection of Elgin Baylor is also offered on Friday. The exclusive collection of the eleven-time NBA All-Star, Basketball Hall of Fame inductee and L.A. Lakers legend features memorabilia from every stage of his career. Artdaily.org

Additional auction highlights include a 1980’s sideline chair from Chicago Stadium, used as part of the Chicago Bulls team bench, game used and signed by Michael Jordan; Jordan’s 1992 game worn and signed shoes; LeBron James’ 2002-03 Saint Vincent-Saint Mary High School game worn uniform Artdaily.org

May 3, 2013 Updates

Lakers Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor will be auctioning off memorabilia, awards and personal items on May 31 with the help of Julien's Auctions. Baylor, whose No. 22 jersey is retired at Staples Center, is making available his 1959 All-Star Game MVP Trophy, his 1971-72 championship ring and a number of rare items accumulated over his legendary career. "I worked and played as hard as I possibly could. My college coach said just give it your best effort and then you can feel good about what you've done," Baylor told Michael Mink of Investor's Business Daily. "I was always competitive. I always wanted to win regardless of what I was doing. I would just keep going until I wore my opponent out. That was my approach," the 6-foot-5 former forward said. Los Angeles Times

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