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Get that weak stuff out of here. That’s what two local newspapers told a Miami sports radio talker about his attempts to place derisive ads targeting hometown hero LeBron James. The Akron Beacon Journal on Wednesday rejected a proposed full-page color ad from the South Florida radio program hosted by Dan Le Batard. The ad was proposed to run in Sunday’s edition of the newspaper. The ad shows the two Miami Heat championship rings James won during his four seasons in South Beach and includes the words “You’re Welcome, LeBron.” The ad is signed “Sincerely, Miami Heat Fans.” Mark Cohen, publisher of the Beacon Journal, said the newspaper was first contacted Tuesday by a representative of The Dan Le Batard Show. After some consideration, the publisher declined to run the ad. “I just don’t think it was appropriate for our community,” Cohen said. “We’re proud that LeBron is back. This is his hometown, and that [ad] is not something we want to be a part of or want to take money for.” A similar ad was rejected this week by the Plain Dealer in Cleveland. Akron Beacon Journal

The NBA Kings have "signed a 20-year media rights extension with NBC Sports Group worth" $690-700M, according to Lombardo & Ourand of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. The new media rights deal "will keep the Kings on Comcast SportsNet California" through the '33-34 NBA season. Sports Business Daily

July 28, 2014 Updates

That man happens to be LeBron James, who recently returned back to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Northeast Ohio Media Group, which owns the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cleveland.com, and a few smaller Ohio newspapers, is advertising for a sports reporter on the "LeBron James beat." From the advertisement: Bring your sports, news and investigative reporting experience to one of the most challenging reporting jobs in the country, covering the sports performance, business dealings and community leadership of basketball star LeBron James. You'll cover all aspects of his roles in Northeast Ohio and nationally as he returns to the Cleveland Cavaliers, writing, creating videos, and posting across multiple platforms including all relevant types of social media. You'll also participate in broadcasts where you discuss James, working closely with reporters assigned to cover the Cavaliers and the NBA. Sports Illustrated

July 24, 2014 Updates

If the gentleman from Kentucky and this league insider are correct, the NBA not only wants to return to a lucrative market, whose absence is costing it significant money, but is seriously considering expansion as an alternative to do so. Three things need to happen before this can come to fruition: Seattle must get the proposed SoDo arena to a shovel-ready condition, the situation with the Clippers must be resolved, and the new TV deal must be inked with sufficient extra revenue to warrant expansion. Sonics Rising

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The National Basketball Association is seeking to double the TV-rights fees it receives from ESPN majority owner Walt Disney Co. and Time Warner Inc.'s Turner Broadcasting, as the league looks to lock up deals for nationally televised games in the coming months, according to people familiar with the matter. Wall Street Journal

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The day before the meeting, on Saturday, July 5, Sports Illustrated senior writer Lee Jenkins had emailed his boss, managing editor Chris Stone. "Remember that thing I sent you in the spring?" Jenkins wrote him, according to Stone. "I think it's a possibility." That "thing" was Jenkins's nebulous pitch, made around the end of the regular season, on how to tell the story of James's pending free-agency decision. Jenkins, Stone says, didn't necessarily want to break the news of James's choice, but "wanted to tell the story in a new, better way than it was told in 2010." Deadspin.com

"I think they trust him and by extension trust SI that we wouldn't turn this into a circus," Stone says of the James crew's decision to go with Jenkins. The negative reaction to airing The Decision on ESPN was clearly still a sore spot for James, so much so that he brought it up in his meeting with Gilbert. Sports Illustrated was a more respectable outlet and had done right by James in the past. (It had done right by Jenkins, too, as it turned out. Earlier this year, Jenkins rebuffed a fairly serious courtship by Grantland. It's hard to see him scoring the LeBron story as a part of the ESPN machine.) Deadspin.com

The idea of a first-person "as-told-to" essay came from James's camp, according to Stone. They reached out to Jenkins to float the idea on July 5, and that's when Jenkins put his bosses on high alert. Deadspin.com

On Thursday, James's camp told Jenkins that James would give him the scoop. They also contacted police in Bath Township, where he keeps his home, and requested off-duty officers as security for a forthcoming announcement. "On Thursday his company requested additional staffing for Thursday and Friday," Michael McNeely, the Bath chief of police, told Deadspin in an email. "That staffing was provided and paid for by LeBron's company. They indicated there was going to be an announcement." Deadspin.com

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