Jeff Zillgitt: Here’s some interesting news, which NBA has been pushing since 2011 CBA: NBA, NBPA to introduce HGH blood testing into anti-drug program. First violation for a positive HGH test will result in a 20-game suspension. Second violation: 40 games. Third violation: dismissal from NBA. All NBA players will be subject to three random, unannounced HGH tests annually. Players also subject to reasonable-cause testing for HGH.
From filing grievances to getting collective bargaining updates, NBA players have a new option. Download the app. The NBA Players Association has developed and launched a players-only app to keep them plugged into union news and help develop its agenda. Launched about six weeks ago and available for iPhone and Android, the app is being used by more than 100 players, and the union expects many more to download it this week when it has its annual All-Star meeting.
Jody Genessy: NBA commish said “no imminent plans for expansion now,” but he thinks Europe expansion is “doable” in the future.
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
Dave McMenamin: Just like a new TV deal was negotiated years ahead of time, LeBron wants to work on new CBA now: “We would love to do it sooner than later”
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
Rick Bonnell: Sounds like NBA’s new TV deal is done. Lots more revenue, which means a higher cap. Get ready for sticker shock on player salaries.
Zach Lowe: WSJ says new rights fee more than doubles old one. Some buzz final $$ #s will be a bit higher than reported, but we’ll find out tomorrow.
Richard Sandomir: NBA to announce $24 billion/9 year deal w/ ESPN and TNT on Monday. Annual average value nearly 3x current deal.
The NBA will announce its new media-rights partnerships on Monday, October 6, the league announced in a press release. Commissioner Adam Silver will address members of the media at 10:00a.m. Eastern time, and the press conference will be broadcast on NBA TV as well as streamed on NBA.com. The NBA’s current media deal, which includes partnerships with ESPN/ABC and Turner, is set to expire after the 2015-16 season. While the exact details of the new agreements won’t be known until tomorrow morning, the league is currently expected to sign lucrative extensions with both companies.
The partnership goes beyond headphones, as HARMAN will produce NBA-licensed audio products, as well as provide JBL and other HARMAN products to players and coaches. The brand will have a large presence at NBA events throughout the year, including presenting the audio for the State Farm All-Star Saturday Night and during pregame introductions and the halftime show at the NBA All-Star Game.