Basketball Wiretap

Sportradar Close To Six-Year, $250M Deal With NBA

Aug 13, 2016 11:21 AM

Sportradar and data analytics firm Second Spectrum are said to be close to a six-year, $250 million contract with the NBA, according to people familiar with the negotiations.

The deal includes a number of rights that includes selling official NBA data to betting houses, data analytics to teams and the development of a streaming product.

Sportradar has taken Mark Cuban, Michael Jordan and Ted Leonsis as investors in the past.

This will make Sportradar the official data partner for three of the four major U.S. sports leagues, including the National Hockey League and National Football League, which is also an investor. Stats Inc. has Major League Baseball’s data contract.

The NBA data contract had been held by Perform Group, which earlier this year announced a deal with FIBA, the governing body for international basketball, that runs through 2033.

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Adam Silver Confident Of Avoiding Lockout

Aug 6, 2016 10:22 AM

Like Michele Roberts with the NBPA, Adam Silver is optimistic about being able to agree upon a new collective bargaining agreement without engaging in a lockout.

"Well, we’re back at the table already," said Silver. "While we and the union have agreed that we’re not going to talk publicly about the substance of our discussions, neither side has made it a secret that we’re talking and that the goal is, of course, to avoid any type of work stoppage whatsoever. I feel fairly confident that, based on the tone of these discussions thus far, based on the sense of trust and the amount of respect among the parties, that we should be able to avoid any kind of public labor issue and that the things we need to get done will get done behind closed doors."

The NBA had a lockout between July and December in 2011 where several games of the regular season were missed.

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Union 'Optimistic' About New CBA Agreement By Dec. 15

Aug 1, 2016 10:12 PM

Michele Roberts is "optimistic" about the NBPA being able to reach agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement with the NBA.

The NBPA and NBA each has the option to conclude their 10-year deal signed in 2011 following the 2016-17 season.

“I can’t [discuss the talks] because I promised [not to],” she said. “I’m not going to be too terribly substantive but I will say I do believe and [Commissioner] Adam [Silver], I hope he agrees, he and I continue to maintain a civil relationship. I actually like him. I think that he’s a pro.

“We’ve had discussions. Our teams have been in discussions for some months now and we have made progress and we’re inclined to continue along those lines. We have meetings this summer and we’re meeting next week and [consistently] after that. We’re trying to get a deal as quickly as we can, ideally before the start of the season.”

Roberts said the discussions have been amicable and she remains hopeful of a deal before the Dec. 15 opt-out date.

“I’ve heard Adam proclaim his optimism,” she said. “I’ve proclaimed mine, so I would like to sooner rather than later be able to have a press conference where we both stand together and announce together that we have a deal and there will be no work stoppage. There will be no lockout.

“Having said that, I gotta be ready for anything. But I am optimistic.”

If a deal is not reached by Dec. 14th, the NBPA is likely to opt out the next day.

Talks between Roberts and Silver have been more cordial than they were under David Stern and Billy Hunter.

“Nothing is certain but I cannot imagine that if we don’t have an agreement on Dec. 14 and the opt-out deadline is Dec. 15, 2016, if that’s where I find myself, I think it’s probably a safe bet that we would opt out,” Roberts said. “I think it’s probably a safe bet that the league would. We want a deal. We don’t want to play the opt-out game. We want a deal.’’

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NBPA To Fund Health Insurance For All Retired Players With 3+ Years Of Service

Jul 27, 2016 6:11 PM

The NBPA will fund health insurance for all retired players with three or more years of service.

The program is the first of its kind among North American professional sports.

"The game has never been more popular, and all the players in our league today recognize that we're only in this position because of the hard work and dedication of the men who came before us," said Chris Paul. "It's important that we take care of our entire extended NBA family, and I'm proud of my fellow players for taking this unprecedented step to ensure the health and well-being of our predecessors."

RealGM Staff Report


Clippers Exploring Sites For New Arena In Los Angeles

Jul 27, 2016 2:42 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers are exploring sites for a new arena.

The Clippers' lease at Staples Center runs through 2024.

One area of interest for the Clippers is on the Westside of Los Angeles.

The Clippers are motivated to build a new arena to control their own destiny within a potentially bigger real estate project.

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