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September 13, 2013 Updates

The Cavs have asked the league’s approval to place season-ticket holders’ names on the apron of the court, a league source confirmed, speaking on condition of anonymity because the idea has not yet been approved by the league. Sports Business Daily was the first to report the idea. The Milwaukee Bucks are also seeking approval to place names on the court, according to the report, but the Bucks’ idea is to put the names on the playing court. The Cavs’ names will be on the apron. Final details have not been determined, according to the report, including which ticket holders would be selected. Any changes to the court design must pass league approval. League executives are reviewing the proposal to ensure it won’t clutter the court or distort how the game is viewed on television, according to the report. Akron Beacon Journal

September 11, 2013 Updates

Adam Silver, the deputy commissioner and chief operating officer of the National Basketball Association, insists the NBA is "nowhere near the point where we’d eliminate team names" from jerseys in favor of branded uniforms, but that day could eventually come. Silver spoke yesterday to the Bloomberg Sports Business Summit at The Paley Center for Media in Manhattan. He conceded that he and current commissioner, David Stern, disagreed on whether or not to place ads on players' game uniforms. While Stern opposed the move, Silver thinks it could significantly boost the number and type of brands that would be interested in supporting the league. Business News

Though Silver is expected to eventually take Stern’s role in 2014, don’t expect him to implement drastic changes; he implied that a transition of that magnitude would be a gradual process. Silver suggested that we could soon see the compromise of advertisements being installed on the court just as the NCAA and NHL do. If brands do begin to appear on jerseys, they won’t be the focal point of the design. “It’s a balance,” Silver said. Business News

There was a little bit of a rumbling (read: a mini-freakout) from a section of hardcore NBA fans on Tuesday, when a mass email was sent out from the league in error that announced a skyrocketing of the price to purchase League Pass for next season. The service that allows access to watch most regular season games either over the internet or through your local cable provider is essential to NBA junkies, and after the small amount of hysteria that went down in response to the emailed announcement, the league confirmed its pricing for the service for the 2013-14 season. NBCSports.com

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

July 21, 2013 Updates
July 20, 2013 Updates

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
July 3, 2013 Updates

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

July 2, 2013 Updates
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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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