The NBA champion Golden State Warriors are losing one of their top executives. Chief Marketing Officer Chip Bowers is joining baseball’s Miami Marlins as president of business operations, reporting to part-owner and Chief Executive Officer Derek Jeter, according to people familiar with the personnel move. The people requested anonymity because the move hasn’t been announced. It is Jeter’s second executive hire since taking the reins in September. Earlier this year he also added David Oxfeld from Jeter’s longtime agency, Excel Sports Management, where he worked on client sales and business development.
Mark Medina: Warriors announced they won a league-high five awards at the 2018 NBA Sales and Marketing meeting. The categories: 10,000+ Full Season Tickets Award, 85%+ Service Representative Satisfaction Award, Category Performance Award, Account Performance Award, Account Growth Award
Jeff Morton: Updated Denver Stiffs story. Apparently “White Pride” came from Adidas, not the Nuggets. Was removed from website. Wilson Chandler: Don’t care where it came from, they need to get rid of it.
To tip off the NBA’s “This Is Why We Play” campaign, Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers are featured in a brand new spot titled, “29,” which addresses that question. The 30-second video, complete with highlights and chilling music, takes viewers inside the mind of Irving as he prepares to start again and face 29 hungry teams, eager to claim the league’s throne. “Winning was a challenge,” Irving narrates during the 30-second spot. “But repeating will be too because there are 29 teams in our way again and they’ve all come back stronger.”
Russell Westbrook is leaving the past behind. At least on TV. The Thunder guard is featured in a new NBA ad, released online Thursday morning. Titled “Zeroes,” the spot is part of the NBA’s “This Is Why We Play” global campaign. “You can’t live in the past,” Westbrook says at the opening of the ad. “The wins and the losses, the joy, the drama, the what-ifs and should-haves – all that means zero now.”