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  • SBD Article

    Heat Put Time, Resources Into Making D-League Affiliate A First-Class Organization

    Published April 09, 2014

    The Heat and the NBA D-League Sioux Falls Skyforce have "forged one of the more unusual and innovative partnerships in professional sports," according to Scott Cacciola of the N.Y. TIMES. The Heat have "allocated significant resources" to the Skyforce in an attempt to "replicate their philosophies on a D-League scale." The Skyforce, a franchise that has "functioned without interruption since 1989, is one of minor league basketball’s most stable organizations." However, this is the "first seas...

    Tags: Franchises, Miami Heat, NBDL
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    Lakers Plan New Training Facility In El Segundo, Will Share With D-League Affiliate

    Published April 02, 2014

    The Lakers yesterday announced an agreement with El Segundo-based developer CDC Mar Campus for the purchase of an approximately five-acre parcel of land in the city, with the site intended to be used as the future home of a new training facility. The facility will be used by the Lakers as well as their NBA D-League affiliate the L.A. D-Fenders, and will house both teams' business operations offices (Lakers). In L.A., Mike Bresnahan writes Lakers execs want a "more modern training facility tha...

    Tags: Facilities, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBDL
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    Pistons To Get Affiliation With NBA D-League Team Being Moved To Grand Rapids

    Published March 27, 2014

    The Pistons are getting an NBA D-League franchise in Grand Rapids, Mich., as an "agreement has been reached for undisclosed local owners to purchase the Springfield (Mass.) Armor and relocate the team" for the '14-15 season, according to sources cited by David Mayo of MLIVE.com. Sources said that the new franchise "has an undisclosed multi-year affiliation agreement with the Pistons in place and the sale has met league approval." The team will "play home games at The DeltaPlex Arena in Walker...

    Tags: Franchises, Detroit Pistons, NBDL
  • SBD Article

    Knicks To Own/Operate New NBA D-League Team In Westchester County

    Published March 11, 2014

    ...to buy maybe a hybrid-type team and have our own NBDL team where we can put our own coaches in there, o...

    Tags: Franchises, New York Knicks, NBDL
  • SBD Article

    Cuban Spouts Off Against "Hypocritical" NCAA Rules, Wants More Emphasis Put On D-League

    Published March 03, 2014

    Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban believes that it is "in the best interests of elite prospects" to play in the NBA D-League "instead of spending one season in college," according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN DALLAS. Cuban said, "I think what will end up happening -- and this is my opinion, not that of the league -- is if the colleges don't change from the one-and-done, we'll go after the one. The NCAA rules are so hypocritical, there's absolutely no reason for a kid to go (to college), because he's not ...

    Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, NBA, NBDL
  • SBD Article

    Magic Eyeing New D-League Affiliation; Knicks Set To Drop Erie BayHawks

    Published February 27, 2014

    Magic CEO Alex Martins said that the team has "begun discussions with an existing D-League team to create a one-to-one affiliation arrangement" that could begin as early as the '14-15 season, according to Josh Robbins of the ORLANDO SENTINEL. Team execs "want to create a hybrid relationship with a D-League team in which the Magic would run a D-League team's basketball operations but would not own the team and would not run the business side of the team." Martins "would not disclose the identi...

    Tags: Franchises, Orlando Magic, NBDL
  • SBD Article

    NBA D-League To Use Sensors Embedded In Jerseys During Games In '14 Season

    Published February 14, 2014 by Eric Fisher

    The NBA D-League will be using biometric sensors embedded in uniforms for the duration of this season, extending a keen interest the NBA already has in player analytics. The sensors, weighing about 1oz each, will be worn by players on their chest or back, and provide a wide range of physical data such as heart rate, distance and speed run, player jumps, fatigue and cardiovascular exertion. About 20 NBA teams already use such monitors in practices, but the D-League effort extends that to a gam...

    Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, NBDL
  • SBD Article

    D-League President Expects Expansion, With Each NBA Team Having An Affiliate

    Published November 22, 2013

    NBA D-League President Dan Reed said he believes "there will eventually be 30 teams," and "every NBA team will have their own exclusive D-League affiliate," according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA TODAY. Reed added, "I don't know exactly when. I can't give you specifics ... But expansion will occur in the relatively near future." The D-League "begins its 13th season Friday, and of those 17 teams, 14 have single-affiliate relationships with an NBA team." It has "turned into a valuable minor-league,"...

    Tags: NBDL, Leagues and Governing Bodies
  • SBD Article

    Some NBA Teams Cite Dual Affiliation As D-League Negative

    Published October 19, 2006

    NBA Teams Not Making Full Use Of D-League NBA teams are “barely using the [NBA Development League] for developing draft picks,” as only 14 of last year’s 60 draft picks were assigned to the league “for any period of time,” according to John Smallwood of the PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS. Eleven teams sent no players to the D-League last season. Joint affiliation of D-League teams “seems to be one of the major concerns” of NBA teams. Magic coach Br...

    NBA teams are “barely using the [NBA Development League] for developing draft picks,” as only 14 of last year’s 60 draft picks were assigned to the league “for any period of time,” according to John S

    Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Los Angeles Lakers, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, NBA, NBDL, Orlando Magic, RDV Sports, Toronto Raptors
  • SBD Article

    Bouncing Around The Room: Cuban Asks Profs To Test New Ball

    Published October 18, 2006

    ...ing off the backboard, but that college, WNBA and NBDL players all have adapted to the changes quickly.

    Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban asked Univ. of Texas-Arlington (UTA) Physics Department Chair Jim Horwitz and UTA Physics Professor Kaushik De to study the differences between the new composite Spalding ba

    Tags: Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBDL, WNBA
  • SBD Article

    Power Shots: SI.com Lets Writers Play Commissioner For A Day

    Published July 07, 2006

    SI.com on Thursday had its beat writers for the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, college football, college basketball, tennis, and golf play the role of Commissioner for a Day, where they each suggested ten changes for the properties. Here is a sampling: NFL: Peter King wrote he would “take NFL Sunday Ticket off the dish and put it on digital cable.” MLB: Tom Verducci would demand every MLB team “spend at least 80[%] of the league average payroll over any three-year period.” NHL: Mi...

    SI.com on Thursday had its beat writers for the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, college football, college basketball, tennis, and golf play the role of Commissioner for a Day, where they each suggested ten change

    Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, LPGA, MLB, NBA, NBDL, NFL, NHL, Sports Illustrated
  • SBD Article

    Executive Transactions

    Published May 03, 2006

    The Vikings extended for three years the contracts of VP/Public Affairs & Stadium Development LESTER BAGLEY, VP/Sales & Marketing STEVE LACROIX, VP/Finance STEVE POPPEN and VP/Operations & Legal Counsel KEVIN WARREN (Vikings). In Minneapolis, Kevin Seifert cites four NFL sources as saying that the Vikings have decided to “part ways with” Personnel Dir FRAN FOLEY after just three months. The team’s draft “has been widely criticized,” but the sources said that Foley’s “demise was mo...

    The Vikings extended for three years the contracts of VP/Public Affairs & Stadium Development LESTER BAGLEY, VP/Sales & Marketing STEVE LACROIX, VP/Finance STEVE POPPEN and VP/Operations & Legal Couns

    Tags: Atlanta Spirit, Cleveland Cavaliers, Coca-Cola, Colorado Avalanche, Kroenke Sports Enterprises, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Lynx, Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Vikings, MLS, NBA, NBDL, Orlando Magic, Pittsburgh Pirates, RDV Sports, People and Pop Culture, WUSA
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