CLTX Gaming, the Boston Celtics organizationâs NBA 2K League team, announced today their official partnership with Splyce, a professional video gaming esports organization. The partnership is the first of its kind, dedicated to building the foundation for a successful NBA 2K League team. In preparation for the inaugural NBA 2K League season, Splyce will collaborate with CLTX Gaming on initiatives such as roster personnel and player development, while assisting with the design and layout of the training facility and team living space in the Boston area. Already fielding top competitive gaming teams in League of Legends, Call of Duty, Rocket League and Counter-Strike, Splyce will also contribute to CLTX Gamingâs competitive analysis and gameplay strategy. âNBA 2K is one of the top sports simulations in the world,â said Jim Ferris, Managing Director, CLTX Gaming. âBy combining our rich history in basketball with Splyceâs ability to field top teams of competitive gamers, we believe we are well positioned to create a top NBA 2K League team in CLTX Gaming.â
When the NBA 2K League launches in 2018, Blazer5 Gaming will be among the 17 teams participating in the inaugural season. The new Blazer5 Gaming squad will begin play in May 2018 with a roster of five players who will live in-market during the season. Blazer5 gaming will be announcing staffing, including an Operations Manager and Team Manager, in a future release. During the inaugural season, all games will be played in one or two central studios. The official gaming platform, media carriage partners and other marketing partners will be announced at a later date. Fans and prospective gamers can connect with Blazer5 Gaming content, information, announcements and other special promotions at www.blazer5gaming.com; and by following the team Twitter handle @blazer5gaming.
The inaugural NBA 2K League season is booting up and ready to tip-off in May 2018. The official name of the team that will rep Cleveland on the virtual court is Cavs Legion Gaming Club (GC). In addition, Anthony Muraco has been named Director, Gaming Operations and HOT POCKETSÂ© signed on to be the first founding partner of Cavs Legion GC. Cavs Legion GC is one of 17 NBA 2K League teams participating in the inaugural NBA 2K League season. The Cavs Legion GC official team colors are wine and gold, consistent with the look and feel of the Cavaliers NBA team franchise. The official team logo features a contemporary adaptation of the Cavalier profile, set above the team name in a sharp typeface thatâs inspired by the edges of a sword.
Pacers Sports & Entertainment Tuesday officially announced a fourth team to its family of Indiana sports teams. Joining the NBA Pacers, the WNBA Fever and the G League Ft. Wayne Mad Ants, will be Pacers Gaming, one of 17 teams in the NBA 2K League, which debuts in May 2018. The NBA is the first U.S. professional sports league to operate an official esports league. The NBA 2K League is a partnership between the NBA and the game publisher Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. NBA 2K is a video basketball simulation game with gameplay that simulates a typical game of basketball. The Pacers Gaming team will field a roster of five players who will be selected from a pool of the worldâs best gamers via the League Draft in March.
The Detroit Pistons organization announced today the unveiling of the franchiseâs NBA 2K League team name and logo in conjunction with the NBA 2K Leagueâs logo reveal earlier this week. The Pistons Gaming Team (GT) will serve as the official name of the NBA 2K League team set to debut in May of 2018. The Pistons GT logo, created by RARE Design in collaboration with the NBA 2K League and its teams, incorporates branding elements of the Detroit Pistons while presenting an individualized, distinctive logo to exist in the NBA 2K League and appeal to gamers worldwide. The new logo integrates automotive piston imagery into a progressive design that is representative of the toughness, attitude and hardcore spirit of the region and its basketball history.
Pistons GT will be one of 17 franchises participating in the inaugural season of the NBA 2K League, a professional esports league featuring the best NBA 2K players in the world. The first stage of qualifying for the NBA 2K League will take place from Jan. 1-31, 2018. All prospective players, 18 years or older, need to win 50 games in NBA 2K18âs Pro-Am mode on Playstation 4 or Xbox One and complete an online application by Jan. 31. Players who meet these requirements can be invited to the next round of tryouts held in February 2018. After the final round of tryouts in February, the best players will be selected for an official league draft in March where each team will select five players who will play the game using unique characters. Tip-off of competition will begin in May of next year. âOur goal is to build a global community of gaming and basketball fans across the world,â said Mike Donnay, Vice President of Brand Networks for the Detroit Pistons. âThe NBA 2K League provides us with the perfect platform to connect with an entirely new group of fans.â
Jeff Zillgitt: So, the Warriors have hired an esports exec, Hunter Leigh, who will oversee franchise's team in North American League of Legends Championship Series and Warriors' NBA 2K league. Will report to Kirk Lacob.
Hayward is renowned among pro athletes for his level of play in League of Legends, perhaps the biggest eSport in the world. While Hayward enjoys competing against League of Legends players, he would like to take on some fellow NBA players too. âIâm still looking for an NBA player thatâs better than me at League of Legends. I do know that Jeremy Lin plays DotA. He might be the one guy where, if he played League, he would probably be pretty decent. If he would come over to League, I would take on that challenge.â
âI was on a competitive Halo team and we would enter Halo tournaments for money,â Hayward said in a video interview with Rolling Stone. âWhen I started getting recruited for basketball, I didnât really think about it. But thereâs a lot of NCAA rules and violations as far as like, making money and doing certain things. âI had to call coach Stevens to ask him if its was okay to play in a Halo tournament. Iâm sure that was the last thing he wanted his new recruit to call him about. But he was okay with it and we actually won the tournament. So we won money, which was cool.â
Golden State Warriors majority owner Joe Lacob and his son, assistant general manager Kirk Lacob, have been accepted into the North American League of Legends Championship Series as the newest franchise owners, sources close to Riot Games and the Lacob family told ESPN.
Lin is a big fan of DOTA2, the multi-player online battle arena game, and last year, he reportedly made a deal where he would endorse one of the teams, a joint venture of two Chinese companies. He was in Seattle earlier this month for âThe Internationalâ the Super Bowl of e-sports. His visit was part of a new TV series on TBS called ELEAGUE Road To The International Dota 2 Championships. It aired Friday night.
He also spoke about how the team aspect of e-sports attracted him. âI donât like individual sports and I donât like individual games,â Lin said. âI like when you have to work with your teammates, and DOTA puts you in that position where all five of your teammates have to be clicking together in order to win.â
Magic Johnson: Congrats to my eSports team @Teamliquid, the official 2017 World Champions in @Dota2. What a great victory at #T17 in Seattle! #letsgoliquid
NBA player Steven Adams just got an offer to make big bucks playing another pro sport ... 'cause Rick Fox wants the killer Kiwi to join his pro gaming team. Fox is the owner of team Echo Fox, a team that competes in Major League gaming ... and when we got him out at LAX and told him Adams is a huge gamer, Rick went all Jerry West. "He's got time, I'll talk to him."
Echo Fox players in a younger generation might not remember much about Fox, who at age 47 has said of being 6-foot-7, âItâs more than just height.â Fox can still play basketball, and he told WWG last month that nevertheless his esports players have challenged him to one-on-one in basketball. âYeah a lot of my players do,â Fox said. âA lot of them are too young actually, so they donât really know Rick Fox the basketball player. They respect the Lakers. They respect the championships. But they for some reason â maybe itâs the gray hair â they think they can just take me. I donât know what it is. Itâs like riding a bike. Put a basketball in my hands, and itâs going to be second nature.â
Eric Smith: The NBA just announced its inaugural season for the NBA 2K esports league. 17Â teams set to debut in 2018! I'm officially old; I don't get it
Much like the NBA, the NBA 2K eLeague will feature head-to-head competition between its 17 teams and an extended schedule that includes a regular season, bracketed playoff system and championship matchup. But instead of Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and the rest of the Blazers' starting lineup, five yet-to-be-determined professional eSports players will don virtual red and black uniforms featuring the Blazers' iconic pinwheel logo.
The five professional gamers will play as user-created avatars that feature their likeness and compete against other five-person teams that include the Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks.
This competition will not only be broadcast live, most likely on the video-streaming site Twitch, but also played in front of live crowds. By jumping into the next layer of sports and gaming competition -- one that extends beyond the boundaries of the traditional sports landscape -- the NBA hopes to broaden its appeal to a new segment of fans that might not ordinarily be drawn to basketball.
It's unclear how the five representatives of each NBA team will be selected and the logistics of where and how often teams will play are not yet resolved. But this much is certain: eSports are coming to Portland and the participants will wear Blazers uniforms.
The NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software will name Brendan Donohue as managing director of the new NBA 2K esports league on Tuesday. Donohue will oversee the league, which was formed between the NBA and Take-Two and is set to launch with its inaugural season in 2018. â[Iâm] just taking what 2K has already built up in terms of popularity around the game and really building an audience around this,â Donohue told ESPN. âIt is the most popular sports title in North America and, most importantly, the most highly regarded in terms of the actual game.â
âWe're thrilled that we already have in place a seasoned sports executive to lead this new league,â said NBA commissioner Adam Silver. âThe fact that Brendan knows the NBA inside and out is a huge bonus and will enable us to ramp up this venture in record time.â Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Wizards, told ESPN that the Wizards will be one of the franchises to participate in the upcoming league.
During the tour, Fox chatted with Henrik Hansen, a 23-year-old from Denmark who serves as the teamâs captain. Hansen competes under the nom de guerre Froggen, a name he says he picked randomly as a 16-year old. Fox has likened Froggen's leadership style to NBA legends Kobe Bryant and Larry Bird. The two have an easy rapport based on Hansen needling Fox constantly and Fox indulging him. As they checked out the lap pool, Fox gingerly launched into one of the finer points of self-care. âWe still havenât convinced you to eat vegetables,â he says in a mock-scold. âI eat them sometimes, but I donât see the point,â says Hansen. âI get my multivitamins.â Fox turned to one of the trainers. âYour whole success will be predicated on whether you can get Froggen to eat vegetables.â
Peskin says that though Echo Fox has a lot of money, that may not matter if Riot decides it would prefer to work with the professional sports industry. âEcho Fox doesnât own an arena. Echo Fox doesnât have a sports franchise which already has corporate sponsorships,â says Peskin. Fox thinks the other owners should be patient with Riot. At the same time, he had to fix his LCS team itself. Immediately following the summer season, Echo Fox replaced the coach and brought in three new free agents. The newly-constituted team headed for an offseason training and bonding trip to South Korea, where the level of competition is higher and the speedy internet means less latencyâthe time it takes for each keystroke to impact the actual game. The new formula has had mixed success: The team is 5-7, putting them in the middle of the pack.
Team Misfits, the esports partner organization of the Miami Heat basketball team, has acquired Vainglory pro squad Fates Zero. This will give Misfits and the Heat instant access to one of mobile gamingâs biggest competitive scenes, as Fates Zero has a reserved spot in developer Super Evil Megacorpâs Vainglory league. This new Misfits team will compete for the first time under its new ownership at the Vainglory Preseason Invitational tournament in San Mateo on February 26.
Rick Fox: I think back to the first time I met âFroggen,â a Danish League of Legends player. What struck me were all the similarities he shared with the great players I had come across during my NBA career. This was someone who focused intensely on one thing for 16 hours a day because he was driven to be the best at it. The only difference between him and guys like Kobe Bryant and Larry Bird was name recognition. As competitors â and Iâve been around some remarkable ones â it was obvious to me how many traits they shared. While there are still many outdated stigmas associated with e-sports by people who have never taken the time to try to appreciate them, Iâve always known that just because an older generation couldnât fully understand what someone like Froggen was pursuing didnât make it any less meaningful.
Counter-Strike, if you don't already know, is a first-person shooter that pits terrorists against counterterrorists in a quest to destroy or save the planet. It's been one of the most popular video games in the world since its 1999 release, and since 2013, CS:GO has drawn millions of viewers as an esport, with its rapid-fire, five-on-five format. It's also Jerebko's favorite pastime, so much so that he bought the Renegades, a team of pro gamers, in July. That puts the 29-year-old Swede in exclusive company, as the only active NBA player to own an esports franchise.
Despite the grueling NBA schedule, he is determined to be as involved as possible. That means a daily Renegades call, usually on the drive to Celtics practice, as well as talks with potential sponsors and contract negotiations with new players. While we ate at a Boston taqueria one afternoon, he sent a masseuse to the CS:GO team to help the guys relax after a trip back from a tournament in Malaysia. He tells the players and coaches to text or call him anytime. "Before, all I did was basketball, and I thought about basketball all the time," he says. "It was too much. Now it's nice to take my mind off of it. It helps my game."
Whatâs your vision with getting further involved in eSports? Gordon Hayward: Iâve actually wanted to own a team for probably the past four or five years. Thatâs something for sure Iâve been looking at. eSports is definitely the sports world of the future, and kids are playing video games at such a young age now with the technology that we have. And thereâs a lot of money involved.
The NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software, makers of the mega-popular NBA 2K video game, are partnering to form a first-of-its-kind esports league centered around the NBA 2K series, officials from both companies told ESPN.com on Wednesday. The NBA 2K eLeague, tentatively set to begin play in 2018, eventually will feature 30 NBA 2K teams, each owned by one of the real-life NBA franchises, according to NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Strauss Zelnick, the CEO of Take-Two. The teams, comprised of five human players, will play out a five-month season that mirrors the real NBA season. It will proceed through a regular season of head-to-head games and then to playoffs and a championship matchup.
Today, the Miami HEAT announced a strategic partnership with the esports franchise, Misfits, a premium organization with professional teams competing in the genreâs premier games. The partnership, with the HEAT acquiring a stake in Misfits, is unique as it calls for the HEAT to assist in all duties including marketing, branding, promotion, retail, digital and sponsorship activation on behalf of the franchise, and to cross-promote the HEAT and Misfits. âThe Miami HEAT pride ourselves on being innovative in all aspects of sports and business,â said HEAT Chief Executive Officer Nick Arison. âFor us, it made perfect sense to partner with Misfits, a young and ambitious franchise in a sport that is blazing a trail in terms of 21st century recreational competition amongst Millennials.â
More NBA celebrities are taking an active interest in esports, with the latest being former Knicks point guard Stephon Marbuy. He shared a video via his personal Weibo account announcing that he has âexciting newsâ coming soon. âI decided to march [into the] esports industry to build my own team and recruit players, from my fans, in no time,â Marbury stated in the video. No additional information was revealed so this is essentially a primer hinting that a more formal announcement is on the way.
On Saturday, Sony Entertainmentâs Vice President of Brand Marketing John Koller announced a new partnership with the Electronic Sports League (ESL) to deliver a new eSports tournament feature for the PlayStation 4. The first event will be an NBA 2K17 tournament that runs from October 27 thru November 26. This event is open to anyone with a PS4, a copy of NBA 2K17 and an ESL account. Major cup rounds will take place every Saturday. The Top 3 winners will receive a Sony branded prize pack, such as a DualShock 4 and other PlayStation gear.
GamesBeat: What do you think became the point at which the likes of the 76ers and major sports owners started to get involved? Richardson: At a high level, I think the number of people spectatingâwhen you have the League of Legends world finals drawing a larger audience than the NBA finals and the BCS championships, thatâs an inflection point. The specific thing is, at the NBA ownersâ meeting maybe 12-14 months ago, the NBA actually presented to all the owners. âHey, thereâs this thing out there called esports. We want to walk you through it.â Josh Harris and David Blitzer, the two managing owners of the Sixers â they also own the New Jersey Devils of the NHL, and they just purchased Crystal Palace, the English football club â those guys turned to Scott OâNeil, CEO of the Sixers, and said, âWhat do you think? This seems like an opportunity we need to get involved in.â
Seventy-five percent of the e-sports audience is between the ages of 18 and 34, tech savvy, and deeply engaged with the sport, according to Deloitte Global. Revenues, though, are still small relative to the massive audiences. Market research firm Newzoo estimates that e-sports will pull in just under $500 million in 2016; in 2015, the NHL had revenues of $4 billion. No wonder that investors are so hot on e-sports; thereâs gold in them thar hills.
I also spoke with Leonsis, and he talked about the value he adds to Team Liquid, as someone with several NBA and NHL lockouts in his rearview mirror. âHow do you deal with players and one day a union that emerges to represent the players? Iâve been on the executive committee of the NHL, Iâve worked on the CBA negotiations, and that I think will become important one day,â Leonsis said.
Taming e-sports without dampening the tremendous energy of the community will be a challenge. And itâs not clear that e-sports, without outside investment from traditional media and entertainment entities, would be up to it. âItâs endemic,â Leonsis said of the toxicity. âAnonymity drives a lot of peopleâs courage. And in the gaming industry, that community needs to do a better job of policing itself without coming off like itâs establishment.â
Jeff Zillgitt: Following news that 76ers bought eSports franchise: announced today Peter Guber & Ted Leonsis bought controlling interest in eSports team.
Jeff Zillgitt: Among the investors in eSports' Team Liquid: Ted Leonsis, Peter Guber, Magic Johnson, Tony Robbins, Rick Welts, Kirk Lacob, Zach Leonis.
Jeff Zillgitt: At an NBA owners meeting last year, Adam Silver/league gave presentation about eSports. twitter.com/gnavas103/statâŠ
The Philadelphia 76ers will become the first North American professional sports team to own an esports team. The team will announce Monday that it has acquired long-time franchise Dignitas and upstart Apex, which offers a guaranteed spot in the highly coveted League of Legends Championship Series, and operate under the Dignitas name.
SLAM: Jordan Clarkson recently said that aside from himself, you, Larry Nance Jr, Roy Hibbert and Anthony Brown were the top Call of Duty players on the team last year. Is anyone else nice at COD? D'Angelo Russell: I honestly donât know. We got a lot of vets on our team so Iâm not sure if they even know what Call of Duty is, but I would say thatâs about it. Maybe Julius [Randle]. Heâs a fan and is good at it. SLAM: If you could pick one or two other players and form a squad, would you guys come out with the W against one of these top teams participating in the Call of Duty Championships? D'Angelo Russell: Oh yeah, Iâd get my boy Devin Booker and Karl-Anthony Towns and weâd be successful.
Jerebko brought the five-man team over from Australia to suburban Detroit to train and prepare for its next event. Jerebko, 29, was an avid video game player in his youth and seized the opportunity for team ownership. âSports and computer games were my childhood growing up,â Jerebko said. âBasically, I started off playing all types of games. I started playing CS:GO in sixth grade and it kind of kept me away from partying and going out and doing stupid stuff. It was video games and sports. It helped me stay focused. Playing in the NBA, you are always gaming and you get your work done and youâve got a lot of hours to kill, so video games come natural for a lot of NBA athletes.â
Boston Celtics forward Jonas Jerebko has bought the rights to the Renegades franchise from Christopher "MonteCristo" Mykles. âThe opportunity to own Renegades and bring some of my knowledge from professional basketball to eSports is incredible,â said Jerebko in a press release. âI grew up in the video game era, and I was exposed to Counter-Strike at a young age. I have watched the eSports world explode and, for me, itâs really exciting to be a team owner and help push the industry forward.â
Although Jerebko said he's aware that esports has very much turned into the wild, wild west, he hopes he can lend credibility to the sport. That means that Jerebko, who has served as team player representative for the National Basketball Players Association, doesn't have a problem with pro gamers having rights. "The Call of Duty players we were negotiating with were under contract last year and weren't getting paid for three to five months," Jerebko said. "That's not going to happen with me. You get a paycheck on time."
Ending off the podcast, Arnovitz asked if Morey could see himself pursuing opportunities outside of the NBA. While Morey reassured him that he will continue his work in the NBA, he said that if he were to go anywhere else, it would be esports. "I think it's the 1950s basketball right now, where there's that kind of opportunity," he said.
Lin was one of the thousands of fans who packed the KeyArena for five days leading into Sunday's final. He has been playing Dota since he was 16 years old with his brothers Josh and Joseph. He says he still plays three to four times a week, even during the NBA season, especially on the road, when he's in his hotel room. "They were playing and I started playing just because I wanted to hang out with them," Lin said of his brothers. "At first it was an awful game, because I was going 0 for 10 every single game with Bounty Hunter. How do you go 0 for 10 with Bounty Hunter? But eventually when I started to learn the game and get better, I started realizing this is like basketball. It's about having each other's back, being loyal, being at that right place at the right time, outsmarting the other team. And there's this huge mental component in this competition that I've always thrived off of. That's why I love playing it."
"They're doing something that everyone loves doing, but they just do it at another level and they're extremely talented. That's why you have this fanaticism, and that's why you have people lined up at midnight asking for autographs." "It's really not any different than sports," Lin continued, "except with sports there's more of a physical component of you doing it yourself, whereas in video games you're just controlling a hero that does the same thing. It's the unique talent of the players that is the draw."
For The Win: What has it been like learning more about this different sort of (eSports) world? Rick Fox: That weâre not so different. Just mastering excellence is I think what defines you as a pro. Playing and competing and winning under pressure, having a career where youâre idolized by young men and women who want to do exactly what youâre doing, jumping out of bed and being passionate about your career, I like at all those things and I look at the people that surround the players that are on Echo Fox. I see their dedication, their focus, their work ethic, how much time they put in, and it mirrors a lot of what it took for me to get as good as I got. And then I interacted with them just as I interacted with many of my former teammates. Thereâs so many different forms and expressions when it comes to professional sports and what makes it a professional athletes. I know eSports in general is grabbing more respect and inclusion is something that I subscribe to in general, so having them join the fraternity of professional athletes actually is no longer a debate. It must happen.
FTW: Whatâs your stance on eSports and has that changed? Recently, ESPN has been getting into it, itâs now seen more of as a legitimate sport whereas before it was viewed as just video games and not a real sport. KB: I think people are really interested in watching people problem solve. It doesnât matter what industry. People are very fascinated by that â seeing the struggles people go through and how they overcome it. I think this was just a matter of time before it caught fire. To be able to sit and watch a performance on TV and watch how the gamers are figuring out those challenges amongst themselves, you canât help but be interested.
NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal became one of the latest sports stars to jump into eSports when he became part owner of NRG earlier this year along with Alex Rodriguez. NRG fields a pro League of Legends and Counter-Strike team, and beginning May 24th NRG will compete in the new Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ELEAGUE, which will be televised on TBS. Shaq says he now has a Ph.D. in CS:GO, and in this hilarious video became part of the scenery on a few different maps.
The Nets parent company, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment announced Wednesday that ESL, the worldâs largest esports company, will bring the East Coastâs largest esports tournament to Barclays Center in October. ESports are online video game competitions. Now, as esports grows, big tournaments will be conducted live in large venues like Barclays. Barclays Center will play host to a US$250,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competition, with more games joining the tournamentâs lineup to be announced in the coming weeks. Esports has become a top priority for BS&E, Mikhail Prokhorov's "mother ship" for sports and entertainment, particularly CEO Brett Yormark.
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J.J. Redick announced his retirement from basketball on his The Old Man and the Three show. Redick played in the NBA for 15 seasons. Redick spent the first six-and-a-half years of his career with the Orlando Magic. He was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2012-13 season. Redick then played the next four years with the LA Clippers, before moving on to the Philadelphia 76ers for two seasons. Redick then signed with the New Orleans Pelicans in 2019. He was traded to the Dallas Mavericks at the 2021 trade deadline.
After extending Luka Doncic and re-signing Tim Hardaway Jr. to long-term deals, the Mavericks are set to be over the cap over the next few years. They could look to lock up other core players and establish more tradeable salaries. Jalen Brunson and Dorian-Finney Smith are eligible for extensions worth up to $55.6 million over four years. Maxi Kleber and Dwight Powell are also eligible for extensions that can up to three more years.
Andre Iguodala: “I mean, if I’m the coach, I’m going to Steph. You know, that’s common sense. I got that. I got common sense, so yeah, I’m going with Steph just because of his body of work, like the dude different. But I understand I’ve had great moments because Steph is so good. He getting all the attention and they leaving me open, I made an open shot and he just made the right play.”
The addition of Sidney Lowe isnât the only change the Cleveland Cavaliers have made to the coaching staff this offseason. Sources tell cleveland.com that assistant Dan Geriot is now head coach of the G League affiliate Cleveland Charge while Nate Reinking has been elevated to the Cavaliersâ coaching staff.
Even though Geriot is now in the G League, getting an opportunity to run a team for the first time while learning day-to-day head-coaching responsibilities, he will still work closely with the Cavs. On July 26, the G league affiliate was officially announced as the Cleveland Charge — and they will work out of the Cleveland Clinic Courts practice facility while playing home games at Cleveland Stateâs Wolstein Center. Following the abbreviated 2020-21 season where the Charge played in the Orlando G League bubble due to COVID-19 protocols, the Cavaliers chose not to renew their lease with the Canton Memorial Civic Center, relocating the Charge downtown.
Arash Markazi: The Lakers gave No. 18 jerseys to Bibigo executives after announcing a five-year jersey patch sponsorship for over $100 million for the 18th championship the Lakers hope to win in the first year of the deal.
Michael Jordan is taking an advisory role with Sportradar and increasing his investment in the newly public sports data company. The NBA legend and Charlotte Hornets owner will become a special adviser to the Sportradar board of directors, according to a release from the company. He will also increase his equity in the company, which he has held since 2015. Though financial details werenât released, Jordan had less than 5% of the company, per SEC filings from earlier this month.