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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Deadspin journalists reunite with new site, Defector, and new business model

Jul 29, 2020
It's a whole new ballgame when it comes to how Defector staffers will operate their digital media company.
Writers and editors for Defector will own and operate their new digital media company, and staffers will get paid as the money comes in.
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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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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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There are no games, sports fans. What are you gonna do?

Mar 27, 2020
With sporting events cancelled, fans are spending their money and time playing sports apps and video games, and watching re-runs.
People sit on a hill overlooking Dodger Stadium on what was supposed to be MLB's opening day — now postponed due to the coronavirus — on March 26 in Los Angeles, California.
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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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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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The "Billion Dollar Fantasy" that propelled FanDuel and DraftKings

Sep 11, 2019
The story behind the rise of fantasy sports startups FanDuel and DraftKings, and their battle against each other.
The fantasy sports website FanDuel.
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Tennis superstar Serena Williams, by the numbers

Aug 23, 2019
Ahead of the 2019 US Open, we look at Williams’ athletic and financial legacy.
Serena Williams celebrates victory during the Ladies Singles second round match against  Christina McHale of the United States on day five of the Wimbledon on July 1, 2016 in London, England.
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