Why is the new NBA season starting so soon after the last one?

Nov 27, 2020
It's a simple matter of at least $500 million.
LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots a 3-pointer against the Miami Heat during the 2020 NBA Finals in the "bubble" on Sept. 30.
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NBA "bubble" has been a success, but how are the league's finances?

Aug 14, 2020
The NBA said the cost to operate the bubble is more than $150 million. There also aren’t any fans there to buy tickets or spend money.
Had the league not finished the season and canceled the playoffs, the NBA would not have satisfied a billion-dollar TV contract.
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After pressure from players, some Black-owned businesses profit from NBA 'bubble'

Jul 30, 2020
The league wants to keep players happy while quarantined. The athletes feel empowered to make an impact.
A Celtics-Rockets game in February, shortly before the season was paused.
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Ping pong, anyone? Sports fans find new games to bet on during the pandemic

Jul 16, 2020
While U.S. pro sports leagues suspend play, table tennis, darts and other more obscure competitions find new fans.
Sports fans have had to look elsewhere for betting opportunities. Above, the final match of the Düsseldorf Masters table tennis competition.
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The economics of the NBA "bubble"

Jul 15, 2020
What the Disney World bubble is costing the NBA in its effort to keep players safe — and why it's probably money well spent.
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NBA approves plan to return; no deal in sight for MLB

Pro basketball is set to return on July 31. Pro baseball is still at an impasse.
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U.S. basketball plays to score and win in Mexico

Feb 18, 2020
The NBA just opened its first official store in Mexico. It’s also starting a major partnership in Mexico City.
Mexico City Arena hosts NBA Games.
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Kobe Bryant's legacy as an athlete and a venture capitalist

Jan 27, 2020
"He was really diverse in this first few moments of retirement," says Kenneth Shropshire of Arizona State University.
Kobe Bryant smiles at halftime as both his #8 and #24 Los Angeles Lakers jerseys are retired at Staples Center on Dec. 18, 2017, in Los Angeles.
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David Stern, NBA commissioner, leaves a lasting legacy in the sports business world

Jan 2, 2020
Stern died of complications stemming from a brain hemorrhage he suffered on Dec. 12.
Michael Jordan (R) of the Chicago Bulls shakes hands with NBA Commissioner David Stern as he is presented with his 1997 NBA Championship ring prior to the 01 November game against the Philadelphia 76'ers, at the United Center in Chicago, IL.
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