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May 27, 2015 Updates

The NBA announced last week there were too many logistical challenges to moving up the NBA Finals if both conference finals ended earlier than normal. The first reason is that venues have been booked far in advance. Theoretically, if the Finals were moved up, they would end earlier, which means trying to fill those back-end dates. As of now the venues have a rough schedule that will generate the necessary amount of revenue to run the arena. Taking a week off and shutting down an entire venue isn’t very business savvy. This doesn’t even take into account city planning, activations on-site or setting up NBA-centric activities in the NBA Finals cities. The break gives everyone extra time to plan. The Fields of Green

May 25, 2015 Updates

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the only thing that would prevent the city of Cleveland from hosting an NBA All-Star game is failing to make improvements to Quicken Loans Arena. "They've expressed interest in it and we're waiting for them to get the additional work done on the building," Silver told Northeast Ohio Media Group during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Cleveland Plain Dealer

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission submitted a bid to host the 2018 NBA All-Star game. The last time the city held the mid-season extravaganza was in 1997. "We're very excited about returning to Cleveland at some point for an All-Star game," Silver said. "We know [Cavaliers' owner] Dan Gilbert would very much like it to happen and I think it's just a function of when. Making sure that the timing is right in terms of the upgrades to the building." Cleveland Plain Dealer

May 24, 2015 Updates

Were both series to go seven games, the West would've concluded May 31 and the East on June 1, resulting in a two-day turnaround into the Finals. But with the Warriors and Cavs surprisingly dominating their respective series -- the Warriors can close out the Rockets Monday night, while the Cavs won the first two games of their series in Atlanta -- the league is exploring a contingency plan. It's complicated and unlikely, sources say, based on television commitments, hotel capacities, international media travel and other considerations. One person familiar with the discussions described them as being in the "very early exploration" stage. CBSSports.com

May 22, 2015 Updates
May 19, 2015 Updates

You’d think that would do it, especially with Commissioner Adam Silver sending up trial balloons, saying there will be a “full-throated discussion.” Unfortunately, not everyone agrees it’s an issue. In fact, team officials who do may be in the minority. “Change the rule? For what?” asked an Eastern Conference GM who is on the NBA’s Competition Committee. “For DeAndre Jordan and Dwight Howard? Learn to shoot free throws.” Forbes.com

May 17, 2015 Updates

Silver, when asked how he envisions Brooks’ future within the league, replied her career has no limits. Her two predecessors at team marketing and business operations, Scott O’Neill (Philadelphia 76ers) and Granger, run their own franchises. “All I can tell you is that Amy has earned the deep respect of our teams and that her knowledge of the business side is unmatched in the industry,” Silver said in a recent phone conversation. “She’s extraordinarily intelligent and direct, yet is self-effacing and collaborative. And when Vivek bought the Kings, she worked very closely with Chris Granger to get that franchise back on its feet. She’s a wonderful story, and in terms of Sacramento, (she) was a major player.” Sacramento Bee

May 15, 2015 Updates
May 13, 2015 Updates

At the annual meeting of NBA general managers Wednesday in Chicago, there was no overwhelming consensus to change the rules to discourage teams from intentionally fouling poor free-throw shooters, league sources told CBSSports.com. "There is not enough support to change it," one executive in the meeting said. "It's one of those perception is bigger than reality issues." CBSSports.com

Clippers coach Doc Rivers, an influential member of the competition committee, has said repeatedly during the playoffs that he believes the rule will be changed for next season. One league source told CBSSports.com earlier this month that he estimated the chances of a rule change to discourage teams from intentionally fouling away from the ball at 85 percent. But teams that were against changing the rule became more entrenched after the numbers on intentional fouling were divulged Wednesday, and those that were on the fence heard nothing to change their minds. "It's part of the game," one of the executives said. "You need to make your free throws." CBSSports.com

May 6, 2015 Updates
May 5, 2015 Updates

Indeed, B/R has learned, through sources involved with the situation, that the NBA has been in recent negotiations with several global sports betting companies, which include but are not limited to Bwin.party and William Hill. One of them could soon become the league's official partner in Europe's regulated markets, which allows for betting on American pro sports. "The NBA has seen the success that English Premier League soccer clubs have had with sports betting operators, and they're following that same model," a source with knowledge of the discussions said. "They've seen the naming rights and the size of those deals, and they understand that it's an opportunity to open up another revenue stream overseas, in the hundreds of millions of dollars." Bleacher Report

The agreement is projected to be finalized later this summer for the start of next season as a multiyear, multimillion-dollar sponsorship deal, according to a source with knowledge of the discussions. It would include cross-platform branding on the NBA's European broadcasts and the sports betting company's sportsbooks. For example, the NBA and sports betting company would be able to have logo placement on each other's television, media and other promotional properties. Since last fall, the NBA—led by commissioner Adam Silver—has put on a full-court press in the sports betting arena, more so publicly than any other American major professional sports league. Silver stirred up the conversation on regulating sports betting last October in an interview with B/R's Howard Beck (video below). Silver also wrote an op-ed piece in The New York Times on Nov. 13, 2014, just one day after the NBA announced an equity partnership with FanDuel, the No. 1 daily fantasy sports company that offers prizes—the first deal of its kind involving a pro sports league. Bleacher Report

What about playoff seeding? “Division leaders (getting a top four seed) will be discussed I’m sure. Everybody asks about the top 16 teams (being re-seeded, regardless of conference) all the time. I honestly yield to the intelligence of the league on that. They’ve got a lot of good minds up there and you know they’ve thought about it. If they haven’t done it yet I’m sure there’s a good reason. I’m sure economics is a big part of it, or travel or whatnot. If they thought it would work, they would do it.” San Antonio Express-News

May 4, 2015 Updates

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