“The reports aren’t far off, but we’re not quite there, yet,” Silver said Tuesday morning on ESPN’s Mike & Mike. “I think we’ve had very productive meetings … both sides came to the table with a spirit of partnership, with a sense that things are going very well in the league right now. As I just mentioned, we’ve had a huge influx of money because our new television deals and I think both sides understood that we would both be blamed if we screwed this up, given the amount of money we were dividing between the teams and the players.
Emmy Award winning multimedia production company OBB Pictures announced Tuesday the Nov. 2 premiere of “The 5th Quarter” — a 12-episode mockumentary comedy series that will feature NBA stars Blake Griffin, Karl-Anthony Towns and Chandler Parsons, as well as comedians George Lopez and Jeff Ross and sportscasters Kenny Mayne and Ahmad Rashad. The series will be available for free exclusively on go90.com or the go90 app. A new episode will be released every Wednesday.
FOX Sports Southeast Senior Vice President and General Manager Jeff Genthner and Memphis Grizzlies President of Business Operations Jason Wexler today announced a new long-term television rights agreement. The new agreement goes into effect with the 2017-18 NBA season. Financial terms were not disclosed. Under the new agreement, FOX Sports Southeast will remain the exclusive regional television partner of the Grizzlies and will produce all locally-available regular season games not exclusively selected by a national network. Additionally, the network will televise three preseason games annually and all non-exclusive first round playoff games.
The Golden State Warriors and TNT will begin the season with a tribute to sideline reporter Craig Sager, who is battling leukemia. TNT will unveil a T-shirt during its Tuesday night studio show that was inspired by the suit Sager wore while receiving the Jimmy Valvano Award at this year’s ESPY Awards. Proceeds from the sale of the shirt will benefit the SagerStrong Foundation.
The Golden State Warriors will join the NBA on TNT in a tribute to Craig Sager, the iconic TNT sideline reporter, and his on-going fight against leukemia during Opening Night at Oracle Arena when the Warriors take on the San Antonio Spurs. As part of the tribute, the Warriors will provide all fans in attendance with a Craig Sager-themed t-shirt, courtesy of City National Bank. The Warriors will also be selling an additional t-shirt inspired by the suit Craig Sager wore while receiving the Jimmy Valvano Award at the ESPYS at the Warriors Team Store at Oracle Arena. Portions of the proceeds will support the SagerStrong Foundation.
The NBA doesn’t think it makes sense to give fans streaming games on a smartphone the exact same vantage point as people watching at home on a large TV screen. So for every game of the upcoming season, it’s offering a new option for NBA League Pass customers: Mobile View, a zoomed-in video feed that provides a tighter perspective of whatever’s happening on the court. Beginning tomorrow, Mobile View will appear as a third option alongside the typical home and away feeds when in League Pass. So if you don’t have any trouble following the action on your phone’s screen and prefer the traditional TV experience, you can stick with that. Mobile View is available on both phones and tablets, but not League Pass apps designed for TVs.