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SBD/February 19, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Basketball Notes: Silver Says LeBron, Others Have Asked For Longer All-Star Break
Published February 19, 2014
ALL-STAR'S FADING LIGHT: In New Orleans, Ron Higgins wrote under the header, "The NBA's 'Lost Weekend' Doesn't Mean The League Has Lost Its Way." Higgins: "I stand by what I said about ticket prices that bordered on extortion, the underwhelming All-Star Saturday contests and the sham of the All-Star game itself. ... I don't like All-Star Weekend." But Higgins added, "I do love the NBA, both the regular season and the playoffs, and will defend it to the hilt, which is something that I've done quite often" (NOLA.com, 2/18).
GROWING INTO HER ROLE: In Chicago, Brian Sandalow wrote WNBA Sky F Elena Delle Donne has "emerged as the face of the Sky and maybe of the WNBA." That "celebrity status is something Delle Donne is growing comfortable with." She said, "We need attention on our sport, and I take a lot of pride in being a really good role model, too." Delle Donne this winter has "become the Sky’s focal point." While most of her teammates "are playing overseas, Delle Donne turned down lucrative offers and stayed in the area to help promote the Sky brand." Sky President & CEO Adam Fox said that the team is "ahead of last year's season-ticket pace" and that renewals are around 97% (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 2/15).