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  • SBD Article

    NBA D-League Club Proving To Be Boon For Santa Cruz, Calif., After Only Two Seasons

    Published November 17, 2014

    The NBA D-League Santa Cruz Warriors' relationship with the club's new hometown in California "has blossomed into an ardent love affair" since the team moved there from North Dakota in '12, according to Maria Gaura of the S.F. CHRONICLE. Santa Cruz has "embraced its team like no other city in the NBA’s minor league." Games at the 2,500-seat Kaiser Permanente Arena "regularly sell out, and the team was the first NBA D-League team ever" to sell more than $1M worth of season tickets. The NBA "ha...

    Tags: Franchises, Golden State Warriors, NBDL
  • SBD Article

    Adam Silver Makes Naming-Rights Deal Top Priority For New D-League President

    Published November 06, 2014

    NBA Commissioner Adam Silver "has a list of priorities" for new NBA D-League President Malcolm Turner, and "finding a naming-rights deal for the NBA's 18-team -- and growing -- minor league" is at the top, according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA TODAY. Silver said, "For the D-League to go to the next level, one of the top items on our agenda is potentially selling a naming-rights deal for the league." Silver also wants Turner to "continue to use the D-League to make the NBA better, as a testing gro...

    Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, NBDL
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    NBA Hires WMG Exec Malcolm Turner To Serve As New D-League President

    Published October 30, 2014 by Terry Lefton & John Lombardo

    The NBA has hired WMG Golf Division Managing Dir MALCOLM TURNER as President of the D-League. Turner will report to NBA Deputy Commissioner MARK TATUM and begin the new job Nov. 12. The 18-team D-League, which begins its '14-15 season on Nov. 14, has direct affiliations with 17 NBA teams and hopes to grow to 30 teams-all affiliated with NBA clubs. “Malcolm is a terrific business executive who’s been involved in growing businesses and clearly we’re looking for a president who’s going to take t...

    Tags: People and Pop Culture, NBDL
  • SBD Article

    Ft. Wayne Mad Ants Resist NBA D-League Trend Of Single-Team Affiliation

    Published September 16, 2014

    The NBA D-League is "moving toward a system in which there’s one team for every NBA team," but the Ft. Wayne Mad Ants "aren’t interested in selling to an NBA franchise," according to Justin Cohn of the Ft. Wayne JOURNAL GAZETTE. The Mad Ants for the '14-15 season will serve as the "minor-league city for a whopping 13" NBA teams. Mad Ants President Jeff Potter said, "We’ll communicate with each of them and let them know where there are opportunities to send players. Hopefully, we’ll get some g...

    Tags: Franchises, NBDL
  • SBD Article

    NBA D-League President Dan Reed Leaving At End Of The Month To Join Facebook

    Published July 21, 2014 by John Lombardo

    NBA D-League President DAN REED is leaving the organization to join Facebook as Head of Global Sports Partnerships. Reed has been President of the league since '07. He joined the NBA in '04 and worked as Senior Dir of Team Marketing & Business Operations before his D-League stint. His last day at the D-League is July 31. No replacement has yet been named. D-League staff will report to NBA Deputy Commissioner MARK TATUM on an interim basis. Under Reed, the D-League has expanded to 18 teams wit...

    Tags: People and Pop Culture, NBDL, Facebook
  • SBD Article

    Marketplace Roundup

    Published July 15, 2014

    Cleveland-based Fresh Brewed Tees Owner Tony Madalone, whose company has been selling "FOR6IVEN" t-shirts around the return of Cavaliers F LeBron James, said, "We had the first batch printed Thursday to give to some media folks and had roughly 140 printed Friday morning BEFORE the decision was made in anticipation. ... We had to get the second batch of shirts couriered from Columbus on Friday night (roughly 2,500 pieces) and Cleveland Printwear worked through the night and the rest of the wee...

    Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Callaway Golf, Adidas, NBDL
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    Pistons' D-League Affiliate Unveils "Drive" As Team Name After Online Vote

    Published June 18, 2014

    The Pistons’ Grand Rapids D-League affiliate yesterday announced that "Drive" will be the team's name, after an “online vote of close to 5,100” participants, according to Peter Wallner of MLIVE.com. Drive President Steve Jbara said, “I think it’s a great name and it has a great tie into our parent club, the Pistons. But it also speaks to the community … and that was one of the things that stood out because of the economy and the growth over here. Now you can tailor the Drive to reflect that...

    Tags: Franchises, NBDL, Detroit Pistons
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    D-League President Believes Single-Affiliate Deals With All NBA Teams Will Bring Autonomy

    Published May 29, 2014

    NBA D-League President Dan Reed would “prefer to see all 30 NBA teams involved in single-affiliate agreements -- also known as hybrid agreements -- or as full owners of their D-League teams,” according to John Dudley of the ERIE TIMES-NEWS. Reed believes that NBA front offices "are more engaged in single-team affiliations and more willing to send players to teams with coaches employed by their organizations.” He also believes that an "increase in the number of single-affiliate agreements ... ...

    Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, NBDL
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    Knicks' New D-League Affiliate Adopts Parent Club's Moniker, Historic Logo

    Published May 15, 2014

    The Knicks yesterday announced that their new D-League affiliate will be called the Westchester Knicks, which was the "popular choice among fans," according to Josh Thomson of the Westchester JOURNAL NEWS. MSG Sports President Dave Howard hopes the "familiar 'Knicks' will allow the new team to take root quickly in the community." Thomson notes the Westchester Knicks are “scheduled to begin play this fall with a 25-game slate" at the Westchester County Center. The relationship between MSG and ...

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

    Suns Will Be 15th NBA Team With D-League Deal After Aligning With Bakersfield

    Published May 09, 2014

    The Suns are starting a "hybrid affiliation with the D-League's Bakersfield franchise" in an agreement that "is expected to be finalized next week," according to Paul Coro of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. The Suns "will finance and run the basketball operations of the D-League franchise while Bakersfield's ownership will continue handling business operations, community relations and other non-basketball functions." The Suns "have shared the Bakersfield Jam as their D-League affiliate for player assig...

    Tags: Phoenix Suns, Franchises, NBDL
  • SBD Article

    Grizzlies Reach Affiliation Deal With D-League Iowa Energy, Will Keep Team In Des Moines

    Published May 07, 2014

    The NBA D-League Iowa Energy have "reached an affiliation agreement" with the Grizzlies, finalizing a deal that ensures the team "will remain in Des Moines," according to Bryce Miller of the DES MOINES REGISTER. Energy Founder and former Managing Owner Jerry Crawford on Monday said that the team "weighed four offers." Three of those options -- including an "unnamed opportunity in another country -- required leaving Iowa." Grizzlies minority Owner and new Energy Managing Owner Jed Kaplan, who ...

    Tags: Franchises, NBDL
  • 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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