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September 18, 2014 Updates

HARMAN International and the NBA announced a four-year partnership that will make HARMAN the official headphone, speaker and audio partner of the NBA, WNBA, NBA D-League and USA Basketball. The partnership will focus on HARMAN’s JBL brand. The deal presents a tremendous opportunity for JBL, a lesser-known commodity in a headphones space that is dominated by Beats Audio and Bose. HARMAN becomes the NBA’s first-ever marketing partner in the aforementioned categories, making it a slam dunk for the league. The Fields of Green

September 8, 2014 Updates

Jeff Zillgitt: NBPA acting director Ron Klempner: "We've had continuing discussions with the league office about the incidents of disturbing statements attributed to representatives of the Atlanta Hawks’ franchise. We recognize that there is an ongoing investigation regarding the circumstances and we will continue to monitor these events and take any action we deem appropriate." Twitter @JeffZillgitt

August 29, 2014 Updates
August 26, 2014 Updates

The NBA is expanding the area that must be clear behind the basket and cutting the number of photographers along the baseline in an effort to improve player safety. The new regulations, calling for an extra foot of open space on both sides of the basket stanchion, were sent to teams Tuesday by league president of operations Rod Thorn and executive vice president of team marketing and business operations Amy Brooks in a memo that was obtained by The Associated Press. USA Today Sports

Thorn says clearing the congestion behind the playing area was planned even before Indiana's Paul George broke his right leg when he crashed into the stanchion last month during a USA Basketball exhibition game. "The conversations about this topic preceded Paul's injury by several years," Thorn said. "As a matter of fact, at our league meetings in July we informed our teams this was the direction we were going. But of course when an injury occurs like the one to Paul, it reaffirms the changes we have made and the need to continue to evaluate our policies." USA Today Sports

August 15, 2014 Updates
July 31, 2014 Updates

The NBA announced Thursday that it would be putting its social media identifier, @NBA, right under the words "official game ball," becoming the first league to usher social media literally into the players' hands. "We have a young, tech-savvy fan base," Melissa Rosenthal Brenner, the league's senior vice president for digital media, said. "This acknowledges our commitment to being part of the conversation." ESPN.com

July 22, 2014 Updates

The National Basketball Association warned a touring group of its stars that they could face financial fines for participating in clinics in Manila, Philippines, that include short scrimmages and games of "H-O-R-S-E," league sources told Yahoo Sports. Several NBA stars, including Blake Griffin, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard and Damian Lillard, were scheduled to participate in promotional appearances in Manila this week, and the NBA has told its Players Association that the event organizers failed to gain league approval, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

June 19, 2014 Updates

When the Charlotte Hornets unveiled their new uniforms Thursday, many fans noticed a small but telling detail: The NBA's ubiquitous red, white, and blue logo was missing from familiar position on the upper-chest area of the new jerseys. Instead, it appeared on the back, above the player names. The Hornets won't be alone. All NBA teams will be wearing the NBA logo on the back for the 2014-15 season, the league confirmed to ESPN.com. A league official called it a "stylistic move" but declined to comment further. ESPN.com

The move is sure to fuel speculation that the NBA is preparing to move ahead with its long-planned program of jersey advertising. Removing the league logo from the front of the jersey will clear more space for an ad patch and remove what would otherwise be a competing visual icon. Annual revenue from jersey ads has been estimated to be in the $100 million range. ESPN.com

May 27, 2014 Updates
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April 24, 2014 Updates

Another change that is likely coming in the NBA under Silver is the placement of corporate sponsors on team jerseys. Though an official timetable wasn't discussed, Silver said "ongoing discussions" are taking place. "It's inevitable that there will be some sort of branding on our jerseys. We're a global league and we have a unique opportunity to help extend the coverage that our business partners can receive," Silver said. USA Today Sports

Silver declined to state specifics, but said that sponsorships would likely be in the form of a patch on the jerseys. "I can tell you that there's a lot of interest from companies that want that kind of participation with our teams," deputy commissioner Mark Tatum added. USA Today Sports

February 13, 2014 Updates

Euroleague CEO Jordi Bertomeu was present in Athens, Greece, and before the game between Olympiacos and Anadolu Efes he spoke about almost every matter of Euroleague. However the most important part of the press conference was the way he presented the possible expansion of the NBA to Europe under the terms of the American league as almost an impossible plan. That’s why according to him the cooperation with Euroleague should be considered the only way for this to be done. Jordi Bertomeu: “My answer is the same with David Stern’s answers. Every time this subject comes up, he says that he will think about it for the next ten years and every one starts to talk about it. In order for the NBA to come, there should be 5-6 really strong teams in Europe in league with a 130 million USD financial turnover. That means tickets which will cost 100 euros per average and at least 150 sold outs. Our television partners should pay ten times more for the rights. And we also have to answer how the salary cup will work under a possible six different taxation laws. There are many legal issues. A lot of people talks about NBA in Europe, but not about those matters. My place is to give answers. It’s easy to make the questions. Adam Silver, the new commissioner, is a great contributor to the sport. We have met and I think that we have a future together. We want to increase our cooperation and we want to see things realistically”. EuroHoops.net

January 13, 2014 Updates

The NBA tried, on a few occasions, to work out a deal with the Silnas. There were a few times when the league believed it was close to resolving the issue. At one point, the Silnas were part of a group trying to buy the then-New Jersey Nets, and would have had to obviously give up the Spirits deal as a condition of ownership. In 2007, there were "very serious negotiations," according to a source, between the league and the brothers, and a proposed deal was basically done and ready. And then, the worldwide recession kicked in full, and the deal's proposed financing fell apart. NBA.com

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