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DirecTV Announces Eight-Year Renewal Of NFL Sunday Ticket

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 10 / 02 / 14

DirecTV formally announced its renewal of the NFL Sunday Ticket package for another eight years. DirecTV is paying an average of $1.5B per year for the package, with the rights fee increasing by 6% each year. The deal extends through the '22 season and synchs up with the NFL's other TV deals. CBS,...

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T'Wolves Plan $100M Target Center Upgrades

Minneapolis and T'Wolves officials yesterday announced a deal to "roughly split the cost" of a $100M Target Center renovation, nearly three years "after the plan was first outlined," according to a front-page piece by Eric Roper of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. The renovation will "redesign the exte ...

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Raptors, BMO Ink Deal Featuring Court Ads

The Raptors and BMO today will officially announce a five-year agreement "in which the bank becomes the club’s presenting sponsor and the Raptors use an NBA pilot program to feature the bank’s logo on the team’s home court," according to Morgan Campbell of the TORONTO STAR. The Rap ...

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New "Uncle Drew" Ad With Irving Debuts

The third ad in Cavaliers G Kyrie Irving's "Uncle Drew" series for Pepsi Max yesterday debuted online with appearances by Nuggets G Nate Robinson and WNBA Lynx F Maya Moore, but the "identity of the newest cast members was kept secret" until the premiere, according to Jason Lloyd of the AKRON BE ...

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Kings Ready For Commercial-Free Broadcast

The NBA Kings to celebrate a new chapter in franchise history will be broadcasting tomorrow night’s home opener against the Nuggets commercial-free on their local broadcast partner, KXTV-ABC. The team, which was subject to a battle that could have seen it relocate to Seattle, ultimately was pu ...

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NBA Roundtable On Studio Shows, Talent Chemistry

The NBA season begins with the league's network partners continuing to search for ways to appeal to viewers. THE DAILY conducted a roundtable with two leading media writers -- SI.com's Richard Deitsch and the L.A. Daily News' Tom Hoffarth -- discussing their views of topics including studio shows, o ...

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Suns GM Ryan McDonough Q&A

New Suns GM Ryan McDonough has climbed the NBA front-office ladder at what seems like a sprinter's pace. Just over a decade ago, McDonough was a journalism student with ambitions of being a play-by-play announcer. He turned his first full-time job out of college into an NBA Championship and, as of t ...

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NBA Eastern Conference Franchise Notes

In N.Y., Frank Isola wrote Knicks Dir of Player Personnel Mark Warkentien "could emerge as an important figure" in the team's front office. Isola cited sources as saying that Warkentien is "regarded as a top candidate" to become President & GM Steve Mills' "top lieutenant." Warkentien "is t ...

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NBA Western Conference Franchise Notes

In Memphis, Kyle Veazey wrote in the "culture of the Grizzlies’ current front office, dissent is encouraged." Ideas are "submitted with the expressed intent of having people shoot holes in them." Team execs, including CEO & Managing Partner Jason Levien, Dir of Player Personnel & Baske ...

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Warriors' S.F. Arena Costs Piling Up

Warriors co-Owner Joe Lacob yesterday said the cost of as much as $170M to rehabilitate the S.F. piers where the team's new waterfront arena would be located "is a lot higher than we originally started with," according to John Cote of the S.F. CHRONICLE. Lacob said, "It's a big number. But look, we' ...

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NBA Facility Notes

In Baton Rouge, Jaquetta White wrote the Pelicans' opener tomorrow against the Pacers at New Orleans Arena "will be more than just the debut of a rebranded team in a renovated facility." Team officials also hope that it is the start of an era in which the Pelicans and Saints "no longer need to rely ...

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