The National Basketball Association (NBA) has been ranked above the National Football League (NFL), Formula One and a host of Premier League clubs as the most powerful brand in sport. The preeminent North American basketball league tops the POWA index global top 20, which is described as the world’s first real-time sponsorship evaluation engine and charts the commercial impact of sponsorship rights holders. The POWA index has ranked the NBA’s supremacy according to trillions of data points across social media, online searches and on-field performances.
Members of the Golden State Warriors visited with the Seahawks Friday morning, with the team posting some video of receiver Tyler Lockett winning a shooting competition with Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant in the team’s meeting room.
Coach Pete Carroll also had his own competition with Warriors coach Steve Kerr. And who won that one? “I’m not that kind of guy to talk about that kind of stuff,” Carroll said slyly. “Might have to ask around a little bit. Wouldn’t want to rub it in.” Carroll then paused before muttering “all-time three-point shooter in the history of hoop” (Kerr has the highest three-point shooting percentage in NBA history).
Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer said on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher tonight that the NBA not only has a more racially diverse – and younger – fan base than the NFL, but encourages its players to “express themselves.” “I’ll speak for the NBA,” Ballmer said tonight. “We believe our players should express themselves. We are pleased to see our players express themselves. I encourage our players, use your platform. Speak.”