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Volume 26 No. 207

Franchises

The Spurs "went all in on San Antonio 'cultura' when they released their NBA schedule" for the '19-20 season as a "set of loteria cards, with each opponent getting its own loteria-style logo," according to Richard Marini of the SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS. Loteria is the "Mexican version of Bingo, a generations-old tradition that uses a deck of cards featuring a set of images and characters," instead of bingo's use of "numbered ping pong balls." On the Spurs schedule release, each team's "logo is different, with only a few going for the obvious." For example, the Suns are "represented by an orange-faced sun on a basketball." The Nets, "on the other hand, shows a subway car rather than the more predictable basketball hoop." Similarly, the Celtics card "sports a four-leaf clover," while the Pacers shows a "pair of checkered flags." The cards also "include the team names in Spanglish." In addition to a card with the Spurs logo, the team's "Coyote appears on two cards, ones as the flying mammal-catching Batyote." Spurs Senior Graphic Designer Owen Lindsey said that he "worked hard to keep the look of the cards authentic, as if they might be an actual deck, although for now the cards are available in digital form only" (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 8/29).

The "long-rumored return" of the Jazz' "purple-colored mountain-themed jerseys finally was confirmed by the team" via social media, according to Eric Walden of the SALT LAKE TRIBUNE. The Jazz "originally wore" the jerseys between '96-04. Nike worked with the Jazz to "bring the jerseys back to serve as the team's 'Classic Edition' uniform." The jerseys "will be worn" at 11 home games this season and at "select road games." The new versions of the jersey "feature most of the original components, such as the white-to-purple gradient mountain range; the motion-indicating '90s-style 'Jazz' wordmark; the white numbers and teal-and-copper trim; and the shorts featuring the mountain range on the left leg, secondary 'UJ' logo and the snowflake design on the waistband." There is also an "accompanying replica court to go along with the jerseys." The Jazz will host a "Classic Edition" event at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Oct. 19. The free event will "give fans their first look at the arena and the jerseys" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 8/29). In Utah, Ryan McDonald notes it is also expected that at least Jazz G Donovan Mitchell "will wear a special colorway" of his signature Adidas shoe when the team wears the throwback jerseys (DESERET NEWS, 8/29).

GOING RETRO: In Cleveland, Joey Morona notes the Cavaliers will "wear the black and powder blue swoosh road jerseys from the early days of Gund Arena eight times over the course of the upcoming season" beginning with the home opener on Oct. 26 against the Pacers. The Cavs "first wore the design" in '94, and the uniform lasted through the '97 season "before a slight redesign." The "Classic Edition" uniforms come with a "matching black and powder blue court." The '90s-themed court is "one of two the team will play on this season." The other features a "wine and gold color scheme with the Cavs' 50th anniversary logo at center court" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 8/29).

Christina Weiss Lurie, the ex-wife of Eagles Owner Jeffrey Lurie, "sent an email to Eagles employees" on Sunday announcing she has decided to leave her day-to-day role with the team but will remain a minority owner. In Philadelphia, Les Bowen notes she has "continued to direct the Eagles Charitable Foundation since the couple’s divorce" in '12. An Eagles spokesperson said that there is "no announcement yet on a successor to run the charity foundation" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 8/29).

BREAKING BREAD: In Tampa, Josh Solomon reports St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin and policy chief Kevin King met with Rays Owner Stu Sternberg and team co-Presidents Brian Auld and Matt Silverman last night in a "private room" at a local restaurant. Details were "scarce," but it was the group's third meeting since the team announced in June that it wants look into splitting its home games between new ballparks somewhere in the Tampa Bay area and Montreal (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 8/29).

COME TOGETHER: In St. Louis, Benjamin Hochman notes the incoming MLS expansion club is "energizing and uniting" the city as the ownership group considers different names. Hochman: "Let's name the team STL Confluence or St. Louis Confluence or FC Confluence." The moniker is "not much different from the word 'United,' used in many MLS team names" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 8/29).