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Here's why the NBA's draft is a game of chance

by Andy Uhler May 15, 2019
There's way more to one player than meets the eye.
Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils looks on against the Michigan State Spartans in the East Regional game of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Capital One Arena on March 31, 2019 in Washington, DC.
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In basketball, the right tech can improve your shot

by Molly Wood, Daniel Shin, and Bennett Purser Apr 5, 2019
"This merging of artificial intelligence and basketball is a really powerful thing," said Dr. Rachel Marty Pyke, data scientist.
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Zion Williamson's shoe: The business of college sports footwear

by Andy Uhler Feb 22, 2019
Duke's Zion Williamson split his Nike shoe wide open in a game against rival North Carolina, injuring his knee.
Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after falling as his shoe breaks against Luke Maye #32 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 20, 2019 in Durham, North Carolina.
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For the NFL and NBA, more points mean more money

by Andy Uhler Jan 3, 2019
The NFL playoffs begin this weekend amid a scoring boom in football — and basketball as well.
Los Angeles Rams teammates Josh Reynolds #83 and Tyler Higbee #89 celebrate a touchdown during the highest-scoring Monday Night Football game ever on November 19, 2018.
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Cleveland businesses brace for LeBron James' departure

by Ashton Marra Jul 10, 2018
LeBron James has announced he’s leaving his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time, heading west to join the 16-time national champion Los Angeles Lakers. After his first departure in 2010 for Miami, Cleveland restaurant owners noticed a slump in…
LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers attends a quarterfinal game of the 2018 NBA Summer League between the Lakers and the Detroit Pistons at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 
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With NBA picks, data can only take you so far

by Tracey Samuelson Jun 20, 2018
The NBA draft takes place tomorrow in Brooklyn, when teams make big bets on young players, hoping they might been the next LeBron James or Steph Curry, that once-in-a-generation player who can transform a team’s fortunes. But these players are…

March Madness means lots of illegal sports betting

by Marielle Segarra Mar 22, 2018
A New Jersey casino gambling case before the Supreme Court could open the door for more legal sports gambling.
A general view as the Miami Hurricanes face the Wichita State Shockers during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Dunkin' Donuts Center on March 19, 2016 in Providence, Rhode Island. 
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For NBA stars, branding goes beyond the court

by Andy Uhler Jun 22, 2017
Nowadays, how good you are on the court is only one factor in your earning potential as a star athlete.
NBA Prospect Lonzo Ball speaks with the media after a workout with the Los Angeles Lakers at Toyota Sports Center on June 7 in El Segundo, California.
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Nike makes a full-court press

by Aaron Schrank Mar 21, 2017
March Madness is upon us and college basketball teams aren’t the only ones competing. The games are also a battleground for shoe and apparel brands like Nike, Adidas and Under Armour. Nike still rules when it comes to sponsorships, but…

March Madness at work: the cost of lost productivity

by Mitchell Hartman Mar 3, 2017
What's bad for business is good for morale.
Ryan Spangler, #00 of the Oklahoma Sooners, and Daniel Ochefu, #23 of the Villanova Wildcats, battle for the ball during the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal in Houston.
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