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Get ready to sponsor logos on NBA jerseys. It's most likely coming in the next five years, NBA commissioner Adam Silver told an audience at the IMG World Congress of Sports on Wednesday. "It just creates that much more of an opportunity for our marketing partners to get to get that much closer to our fans and to our players," Silver said at the conference, put on by the Sports Business Daily/Journal. "It gives us an opportunity just to have deeper integration when it comes those forms of sponsorship." ESPN.com

"We know what the value is to advertisers in a world of 1,000-plus channels to be able to show fans in-game branding," Silver said last month. Perhaps no North American sports league has gone more all-in on jersey advertising than the WNBA. The primary team sponsor's logo is so big on many of the team's jerseys that it dwarfs the team's actual logo. ESPN.com

March 18, 2014 Updates

The New York Knicks officially introduced Phil Jackson as President of Basketball Operations on Tuesday, and wasted no time cashing in. The team has made jersey shirts of Jackson’s classic No. 18 available at their official store. For The Win

March 16, 2014 Updates

As one of the first players to don the NBA's sleeved jerseys, Jarrett Jack feels qualified to give an informed assessment on precisely how the sleeves made him and the rest of his then-teammates at Golden State feel. "We're like the Beach Police," Jack said. "You know those police who are on the beach with those bikes? They've got those little shirts with the shorts? That's what we look like. Like we about to give somebody a citation." Cleveland Plain Dealer

The NBA has promised to listen if enough players complain, although commissioner Adam Silver also said during All-Star weekend that there is not hard data to prove players actually are shooting worse. "We know that shooting percentages are virtually exactly the same for games in which we have sleeved jerseys and games in which the guys are wearing conventional jerseys," Silver said. "So I'm pretty comfortable from a competitive standpoint that it's having no impact." Unless, of course, you happen to look in the mirror. Then the evidence is irrefutable. "They look disgusting," Jack said. "You look like a volleyball team." Cleveland Plain Dealer

March 1, 2014 Updates

The National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced plans for the league’s eighth annual Latin nights program titled Noches éne•bé•a (eh-nay-bay-ah), which will feature seven commemorative games and celebrate the growing support of NBA fans and players across Latin American and U.S. Hispanic communities. The Noches éne•bé•a games, four of which will air nationally on ABC, TNT, and NBA TV, will include special telecasts, in-arena festivities, and distinctive NBA team uniforms to be worn by six teams: Chicago Bulls (Los Bulls), San Antonio Spurs (Los Spurs), Phoenix Suns (Los Suns), Los Angeles Lakers (Los Lakers), Miami Heat (El Heat), and New York Knicks (Nueva York). Additionally, for the first time, all 30 NBA teams will wear specially-designed Noches éne•bé•a shooting shirts from adidas, the league’s official oncourt apparel provider, during the first two weeks of March. NBA.com

February 26, 2014 Updates

Jason Collins didn’t even have to wear his No. 98 jersey for it to become a hot commodity. According to a league spokesperson, Collins’ jersey was the top seller at the NBA Store and its website on Tuesday, the first day it was made available. Collins wears the No. 98 as a tribute to Matthew Shepard, who was brutally murdered in a gay hate crime in 1998. Collins has said it’s a symbolic and important number in the gay community, and his lone gesture of solidarity as he tries to keep the focus on basketball. New York Daily News

February 25, 2014 Updates

Jason Collins fell asleep Saturday night without a team. On Sunday, he became the Nets’ most publicized player, the first openly gay athlete to play in an N.B.A. game, although one on a 10-day contract. On Monday, inquiries by those eager to buy a Nets jersey with Collins’s name started to multiply. On Tuesday, Collins jerseys will go on sale at the N.B.A.’s retail shop in Manhattan and at NBAstore.com. Collins’s jersey number of choice is 98, in honor of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student from Wyoming who was murdered in 1998. But on Sunday, when the Nets acted quickly to get Collins in uniform for a game against the Los Angeles Lakers, they had to resort to a generic jersey the team travels with in case of emergencies. New York Times

February 13, 2014 Updates

Floated as a possible revenue stream five years ago, the NBA appears to be no closer to putting ads on its jerseys. The league had even mapped out the dimensions -- a 2½-inch by 2½-inch space on the front of the jerseys -- but a simple idea turned into something more complex the more it was considered, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said. In 2011, Silver said selling the space to advertisers could be worth $100 million. "The sense was that we were a little premature on the program and we needed to think it through systematically a little bit more," Silver told ESPN.com. ESPN.com

January 29, 2014 Updates

Gortat and Nene were asked the same question: Which aspect from the older generation would they like to see in the current NBA. Nene liked the old-school style of play. Gortat just couldn’t get those shorts off of his mind. “I would take two different things,” said Gortat. “I would definitely make one of the nights old-school jersey and shorts. That would be funny, if everybody wore those. That would be great. I think they should come up with one night like that. The second thing, I would bring back the old basket construction, that you could actually break them. That would be great. And the third, if I could, the third I would bring back the size. Point guards the size of Magic Johnson. That’s ridiculous. If you could bring back the size, and have people with wingspans of 7-8, 7-9. If you could bring back that, that would be something incredible.” Washington Post

January 7, 2014 Updates

The Heat on Tuesday released the nicknames players will wear on the backs of their jerseys as part of the NBA "Name Collection" that will be unveiled during Friday's nationally televised game in Brooklyn and later worn at three Heat home games: on January 21 vs. the Boston Celtics and the March 12th and April 8th games against the Nets. The choices, as approved by the NBA when factoring trademark concerns: Ray Allen: "J. Shuttlesworth" Chris Andersen: "Birdman" South Florida Sun-Sentinel

December 31, 2013 Updates

A report Monday said a black and gold scheme has emerged as a contender and that makes sense, since global ambassador Drake has built his OVO brand around those colours. An advertisement on raptors.com for “Drake Night” at the ACC on Jan. 11 depicts a black and gold Raptors logo beside Drake’s similarly coloured owl trademark. When asked if the black and gold scheme is the current leading contender, Leiweke told the Sun: “We are looking at a few different ideas.” One of them would be a blue and white look, to tie in with the Maple Leafs and Blue Jays. Toronto Sun

December 27, 2013 Updates

As far as Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is concerned, the NBA committed a major fashion faux pas by having all 10 teams that played Christmas Day suited up in short-sleeved jerseys. "Hated them," Cuban said before the Mavs hosted the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night. "I just thought it made our guys look more like a high school wrestling team or a college wrestling team." ESPN.com

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