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October 6, 2014 Updates

Marc Stein: Early projections have NBA teams getting a rising range of roughly $70 mil annually to $100 mil annually over the course of the new TV deal. In last two years of current contract, NBA teams on course to receive annual payments in $35 million range from league's national TV deal Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

Ohm Youngmisuk: Carmelo congratulates Adam Silver on new TV deal. Says he never thought about re-signing to a 2-year deal with potential new TV deal Twitter @NotoriousOHM

As NBA teams use increased technology to track players on and off the court, the players' union wants to ensure that privacy is still being protected. Franchises have been scrutinizing player movement on the court since the 2012-13 season, but data collection has also recently extended beyond the hardwood. Various teams have begun experimenting with sleep trackers, off-court movement monitors and fluid tests -- including blood and sweat -- in order in order improve player health and performance. ESPN.com

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These developments have happened so quickly and quietly, however, that the National Basketball Players Association was not aware of these widespread biometric advances, and had not established a position on the issue, until ESPN The Magazine approached the union for comment in August. "If the league and teams want to discuss potentially invasive testing procedures that relate to performance, they're free to start that dialogue and we'll be glad to weigh the benefits against the risks," longtime NBPA counsel Ron Klempner said. "Obviously, we'd have serious privacy and other fairness concerns on behalf of the players. We've barely left the starting line on these issues." ESPN.com

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