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January 23, 2015 Updates

Mayor Ed Murray says a recent visit with NBA commissioner Adam Silver has him doubting that Seattle can land a team within the next few years. And that has Murray worried no team will arrive before the November 2017 expiration of a Sodo arena funding agreement between the city, King County and entrepreneur Chris Hansen. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between them states an NBA team must be acquired for Hansen to receive up to $200 million in city and county bond funding for the proposed venue. Seattle Times

January 15, 2015 Updates

Speaking in London Thursday during the NBA’s Global Games event, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that Nets principal owner Mikhail Prokhorov has been in touch with the league about the potential sale of the team. “He’s told us that there is nothing imminent,” Silver said. “He hasn’t determined that he is absolutely going to sell but he is listening to offers and that is an ongoing process.” Wall Street Journal

The NFL has expanded the number of regular season games at Wembley to three and is targeting 2021 to have a full-time London franchise in place, while the NBA is this week staging its fifth regular season game in London. “My sense is that the NFL is a little bit ahead of us in terms of their timeline for having a franchise based in London. There are some aspects of their schedule that make it easier – they play once a week, they have fewer games,” said Adam Silver, who took over from David Stern as the commissioner last year. “It will be easier logistically for them to pull it off. It would be difficult for us to have one team in Europe. We’d have to put both feet down. That would mean having four franchises in Europe.” The Guardian

A European franchise has long been mooted as the next step up the ladder for the sport as it looks to compete with football for international followers. "It is on our list as something that we continue to explore, but we do not want to get ahead of ourselves - it is something we continue to study. There is an opportunity to bring NBA basketball to Europe on a permanent basis," he says. "It is something we ultimately want to do, but a lot of work needs to be done." BBC

Outside the US, the full global mission for the 2014/15 season has seen a total of nine NBA teams playing seven games - two regular-season (London and Mexico City) and five pre-season games - in seven cities in six countries. In terms of sporting development, China has been important to the NBA over the past 10 years, as it has been a huge growth market for the sport, and he says interest in basketball there is far from sated. "We are far, far from maximum capacity in China, even though we believe we are the number one sport there," he says. BBC

January 14, 2015 Updates

Commissioner Adam Silver thinks it's "inevitable" that the NBA will one day take after European sports and have sponsor names on jerseys. With the NBA back in London for its annual regular-season game, Silver said that's one area where the league can copy international sports. Most major European clubs in soccer and other sports sell advertising space on their shirts. Silver said "I do think it's inevitable" for jersey sponsors to be adopted by the NBA, but that "exactly when it's going to come, I'm not sure." Oregonian

January 12, 2015 Updates
January 7, 2015 Updates

NBA commissioner Adam Silver has made advocating for legalized sports gambling a priority since he assumed office last February, repeatedly calling for a reformed approach to a subject that has long been taboo for America’s biggest sports leagues. He has a supporter in his former boss, ex-NBA commissioner David Stern, who said Wednesday morning that he agrees with his protege on the subject. “I think I agree with Adam,” Stern said when asked about gambling in an interview on CNBC’s SquawkBox morning show. “Once daily fantasy became an acceptable exception to the law against gambling, I think that’s gambling, so now I think the best approach would be, as Adam Silver has advocated, is for there to be federal regulation. Bring the sports leagues in. If it’s going to happen, because it has happened anyway by Justice Department rulings and the like, you should make it legal and you should regulate it as tightly as you possibly can.” ThinkProgress

January 5, 2015 Updates

Levenson has already said his group will sell its piece of the team, after the September disclosure of a 2012 e-mail he sent to general manager Danny Ferry decrying the lack of middle class white fans at Hawks games, and his racially-imbued reasoning as to why they weren't coming. For months, the league has been leaning on the Levenson and Gearon groups to come together. Sources said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver had Levenson and Gearon up to New York just after the start of the season to try and hammer out a deal, without success. NBA.com

January 2, 2015 Updates
December 24, 2014 Updates

Gov. Chris Christie is rejecting a call from the National Basketball Association's commissioner to join him in lobbying Congress to legalize sports betting across the nation. Christie said during a televised interview Monday night that it was "kind of crazy" for NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to ask him to help with a legalization push when Silver is fighting efforts to make sports betting legal in New Jersey. Christie said the position represented a "bait and switch." NBC Philadelphia

December 20, 2014 Updates

NBA commissioner Adam Silver says that the perception of tanking in the league is greater than the reality of it. "I absolutely don't think any team is trying to lose," Silver said in an interview with ESPN's Andy Katz for "Outside the Lines." "No player is going out there to lose," Silver continued. "In terms of management, I think there's an absolute legitimate rebuilding process that goes on. It's so hard to win in this league, and it's so complex. ESPN.com

December 18, 2014 Updates

Sarver also shared that sentiment with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver recently. "I had this conversation with him just the other day," Silver said Wednesday night in Charlotte before the Suns-Hornets game. "I don't think it's imminent but, yes, over time, there's no question that what was once one of the very best buildings in the league is becoming older. "They invested in a renovation there, the prior ownership did. Robert, as he looks out into the next decade, realizes that at some point he's going to need a new building. It's early stages but it's something that the league office can be helpful with. At least we have the experience of many more markets." Arizona Republic

Silver said Charlotte would be awarded an All-Star Game. The 2015 and 2016 events are in New York and Toronto, respectively, with 2017 and 2018 announcements to come. Silver said he met with Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan and Hornets President and Chief Operating Officer Fred Whitfield on Wednesday about a timeline in relation to $40 million of upcoming renovations to Time Warner Cable Arena. Arizona Republic

December 17, 2014 Updates
December 11, 2014 Updates

Speaking at the DealBook Conference in Manhattan, Mr. Silver said that with an estimated $400 billion of sports betting already taking place in the United States, it should be regulated. “We should bring it into the sunlight,” Mr. Silver said. “If it is going to go on in record numbers, then we should regulate it, we should monitor it and learn from it.” Professional sports betting is legal in Nevada, but Mr. Silver called for federal legislation to address the issue. “If it is going to become legal, I don’t think it should happen on a haphazard state-by-state basis,” he said. New York Times

The NBA over the last two weeks has informally surveyed team higher-ups about the idea of cutting the preseason schedule by as much as half, according to several sources around the league. The goal is to start the regular season earlier and stretch the full 82-game schedule over about 10 additional days, sources say. That would allow the league to slice off a couple of back-to-backs from each team’s schedule, and in the process limit some of the rest imbalance that is inevitable in juggling hundreds of games across 29 arenas. Grantland

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