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John Wall signs with Reebok

by Shayan Mondegari on Jun.11, 2010, under ALL, NBA

BREAKING NEWS:В  Before playing in an NBA game, the top prospect in the 2010 NBA Draft has signed an endorsement agreement with Reebok worth $25 million over five years.В  Wall, who will most likely be signing with Washington Wizards as the projected number 1 pick, recently posted the news of his signing with Reebok on his twitter page.

Thank god John Wall has signed with a company other than NIKE or adidas (even though adidas owns Reebok).В  I know I’m excited to see how his signature shoes will look like!

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New Kobe Bryant Ad – The Kloser

by Sam on Jun.10, 2010, under ALL, NBA

Very few parts are funny, and most parts are not.

No doubt that Nike does a much better job of marketing (see older posts). В Does anyoneВ particularlyВ like this commercial? В I’m not a fan of it. В Would love to know why you liked it if you did.

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Battle of the World Cup Commercials (Nike vs Adidas)

by SportsBiz on Jun.09, 2010, under ALL, SOCCER

With the upcoming world cup, many kids will be watching it for the first time in their lives. В TheВ propagandaВ to win over their minds as well as the older generation is very competitive as seen with the new commercials released by Nike & Adidas.

Below are the two commercials. В Which one do you like better? В Would love to hear your comments below!

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAALLLLLLLLLLLL!

by Shayan Mondegari on Jun.05, 2010, under ALL, SOCCER

Ever wanted to show the world how you yell the four letter word “GOAL”!В  Now you can, with the help of VISA!

VISA, the American global payments technology company, has recently launched a YouTube Channel for soccer Fan’s (VISA Go Fan’s) to join the World Cup cheer for the premier international tournament that is scheduled to take place between 11 June and 11 July 2010 in South Africa.В  So come on World Cup Fans, let it all out and post the craziest “Goal” call video you can come up with!В  The winners will also have the opportunity to win a trip to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, as a part of the VISA Watch your Way to Brazil Sweepstakes.

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John Wooden passes away – A few thoughts on the legendary man

by Sam on Jun.05, 2010, under ALL, NCAA BBall

The Wizard of Westwood has left us after living for 99 years due to natural causes. В It is a sad time for us to lose such a special person, but Coach has left a very lasting impact.

In todays business world, the culture has influenced us that to believe that make it to the top you have to be cut-throat andВ vicious. В Good guys don’t make it to the top.

Coach proved to us that our world doesn’t work that way. В His morals and work-ethic showed that the key is to find the right way to do things. В The best way to do things.

He dominated college basketball like no other team in history. В He had figured out how to do it, and continuously kept on doing it. В If his message and plan was cut-throat, his players would not have been able to sustain it for 10 straight national championships.

As much as I like Bob Knight, Wooden’s demeanor seemed to be the exact opposite. В I feel that Wooden and Phil Jackson have a lot in common that have made both so successful. В Both believe in being extremely well prepared. В I wonder if Wooden would not call timeouts during bad stretches in games so that his team could figure it out on its own.

PJ is all about “Zen” and the loyalty, poise, confidence that comes along with it. В Wooden’s “Pyramid of Success” has many of the same characteristics that he believed that every person should strive to attain. В Still, Wooden was the purist of the pure, and Phil or anyone else for that matter has a long way to go to ever be at the level of the Wizard.

RIP

Wooden's Pyramid of Success

Wooden's Pyramid of Success

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New Kobe Bryant Nike Ad to Air During NBA FINALS!

by SportsBiz on Jun.03, 2010, under ALL, NBA

Had to share this with all of you. В I particularly liked the big “O” Sir CharlesВ BarkleyВ flashes.

Guest appearance by John Salley as well!

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The Larry Bird Exception

by Sam on Jun.02, 2010, under ALL, NBA

Why should Lebron, D-Wade, or Chris Bosh re-sign with their current teams thisВ off-season?Larry Bird has something to do with it. The Larry Bird Exception allows for teams that are resigning their own players who have been under contract for 3 years or more special benefits. В The name comes from when Larry Bird was allowed special terms to his deal by the NBA so that the Celtics could resign him although they were over the salary cap.

One of these benefits is an extra 3.5% in raises they can receive each season comparedВ to signing with another team. В A second benefit is being able to sign a 6 year contract with your current team compared toВ 5 with another team. В The final year is the most lucrative allowed by salaryВ cap rules.

Year Sign w/ Cavs W/ New Team
1 $16.38M $16.38M
2 $18.10M $17.69M
3 $20.00M $19.10M
4 $22.10M $20.63M
5 $24.42M $22.28M
6 $26.86M N/A
Total $127.86M $96.2M

By signing with a new team, LBJ is passing up on over $31 million inВ guaranteed money.В  He could get hurt a la Tracy McGrady or Grant Hill andВ never see that $31 million.В  Thats a risk he would take by signing withВ another team.В  Also, don’t forget that the collective bargainingВ agreement will expire soon, and there is no telling what the max salaries willВ be in the future, particularly if the owners have their way as they claim they are “losing $400 million a year”.

However, if Cleveland would do a sign-and-trade with Lebron, he can carryВ his Bird-rights through the trade.В  Then he will be able to leave as wellВ as get his max compensation allowed.

Interesting point to wonder is that if there were no salary cap in place, andВ the NBA was a completely free market, how much would Lebron James be able toВ make?В  $50 million per year? В Would he get an Alex Rodriguez type $250 million contract?

Sound off inВ the comments.В  Would love to hear what you think!

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Red Bull Signs Rajon Rondo

by Shayan Mondegari on Jun.01, 2010, under ALL, NBA

Red Bull, the most popular energy drink in the world according to market share, has officially just signed NBA All-Star Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo. The 4th year point guard out of the University of Kentucky, has been averaging an impressive 2010 playoff average of 16.7 PPG, 5.3 RPG, and 10 APG.

The signing of Rajon Rondo couldn’t have come at a better time. The growing popularity of the point guard has been on the rise as he is entering the 2010 NBA Finals this Thursday June 3, 2010.В  In addition, last week, Rondo made the cover of Sports Illustrated and his Facebook fan page has nearly 200,000 followers.

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Selling Real Estate & Closing Out A Team in the Playoffs

by SportsBiz on May.30, 2010, under ALL, NBA

What do they have in common you ask?

Well, I just found out that Phil Jackson has been playing this video for his teams since 1992 before games where his teams can close out the series by winning games.

Enjoy!

WARNING: В EXPLICIT CONTENT!!!

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Boston Celtics’ Kevin Garnett signs with Chinese Footwear Brand

by Shayan Mondegari on May.27, 2010, under ALL, NBA

If you haven’t heard of ANTA, you’re not alone!В  Many people had no idea of the footwear company until ANTA starting making headlines contracting Houston Rockets power forward Luis Scola to a footwear deal.В В  Recently though, Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett also made the switch to the new shoe company.В  The 13- time NBA All Star has opted out of his ‘lifetime endorsement deal’ he had made with adidas in 2003, to the Chinese brand ANTA.

Garnett will be joining the likes of Steve Francis, Shane Battier, then Jason Kidd, Ron Artest, Baron Davis, and Luis Scola by willing to sign with foreign-based footwear brands.В  With Li-Ning, Peak and now ANTA, footwear branding has become bigger than just adidas, Nike, and Reebok.В  Whatever happens, we wish KG the best with his new contract and in the 2010 NBA Playoffs.

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