John Oliver’s Rousing Speech Rallies American Sports Fans To Stop Wasting Public Money On Stadiums

John Oliver’s Rousing Speech Rallies American Sports Fans To Stop Wasting Public Money On Stadiums

In spite of the fact that new sports venues often cost upwards of billions of dollars to construct, many American teams play in stadiums and arenas that are less than 25 years old. Heck, once the Atlanta Braves move into their new park, the Philadelphia Phillies’ Citizens Bank Park will be the most senior venue in the NL East — and that only opened in 2004. Whether it’s through municipal bonds, tax breaks, or free real estate, a lot of the money to pay for these venues ultimately comes out of taxpayers’ pockets. [More]

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PepsiCo Woos NBA Sponsorship Away From Coca-Cola After 29-Year Run

After staying married to Coca-Cola for almost 30 years, the National Basketball Association has decided to end the company’s official sponsorship of the league, and is running away with its rival PepsiCo instead. [More]

Ticketmaster Says It Stands For “True Fan-Friendly Competition”

Ticketmaster Says It Stands For “True Fan-Friendly Competition”

Over the weekend, StubHub filed a lawsuit against Ticketmaster and the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, alleging that the team and the ticket company are forcing Warriors season-ticket subscribers to use Ticketmaster if they want to resell their seats to anyone. Ticketmaster is now defending itself and says that it is the one that’s on the side of sports fans. [More]

StubHub Files Antitrust Suit Against Ticketmaster, Golden State Warriors

StubHub Files Antitrust Suit Against Ticketmaster, Golden State Warriors

eBay-owned ticket resale site StubHub has sued both Ticketmaster and the NBA’s Golden State Warriors for allegedly threatening to cancel the subscriptions of season ticket holders if they try to resell any of their tickets via StubHub. [More]

Charlotte Hornets Offer Fans Burger With 8 Pounds Of Meat For $70

Charlotte Hornets Offer Fans Burger With 8 Pounds Of Meat For $70

While sports fans might not always get to feast on the delicious joy that comes with winning a hard-fought game, there are always crazy concession items to focus on and take part of that losing pain away. Enter the Charlotte Hornets’ entry into insane food concoctions: A burger featuring eight pounds of meat for the bargain price of $70. [More]

The purpose of this screengrab isn't just to show what the CSN Houston website used to look like, but to remind myself that the Phillies occasionally won a game.

AT&T, DirecTV To Take Over Comcast SportsNet Houston; Will Fans Finally Be Able To See Games?

Things are looking up for Houston Astros fans. The team isn’t currently in last place, and the ‘stros are outperforming the even more woeful Texas Rangers. Now comes news that some Houston-area sports fans may even get to watch their favorite teams on TV after a bankruptcy court determined to hand over ownership of Comcast SportsNet Houston to AT&T and DirecTV. [More]

NBA To L.A. Clippers Sponsors: We’ve Banned Donald Sterling… Please Come Back

NBA To L.A. Clippers Sponsors: We’ve Banned Donald Sterling… Please Come Back

Yesterday, a number of high-profile sponsors cut ties with the NBA’s L.A. Clippers pending a decision from the league on how to handle the pretty awful things team owner Donald Sterling is accused of saying. Now that it’s issued a lifetime ban against Sterling’s involvement in the league, the NBA is asking those advertisers to return to the fold. [More]

Sacramento Kings Make Full-Court Press For Geek Fans, Will Shoot Game Video Via Google Glass

Sacramento Kings Make Full-Court Press For Geek Fans, Will Shoot Game Video Via Google Glass

At 14-25, the Sacramento Kings’ season is all but over, but that hasn’t stopped the NBA team from continuing to make a push for relevance among its fans in nearby Silicon Valley. Only days after becoming the first team to accept Bitcoin currency at its games, the Kings have announced that their games will be using live video captured on Google Glass devices. [More]

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FCC Wants To Let You Watch Your Home Team’s Games At Home

Sports broadcasting: it’s both lucrative and confusing.  Sometimes you can turn on the TV and watch a game that’s taking place in your own hometown, and sometimes you can’t.  When you can’t, you’re part of a broadcast blackout. [More]

Blazers scored 100 points at home? Too bad; no free Chalupa.

After 14 Years, Taco Bell Stops Giving Free Chalupas To Portland Trail Blazers Fans

For more than a decade, whenever the Portland Trail Blazers scored at least 100 points during a home game, every person at the game got a coupon for a free Taco Bell Chalupa. But when the new season starts, the Blazers will have less of an incentive to put up triple-digit numbers, as Taco Bell has apparently pulled the plug on the longtime promotion. [More]

NBA Opens The Door To Ads On Jerseys

NBA Opens The Door To Ads On Jerseys

While fans of sports like soccer, golf, tennis and NASCAR are used to the sight of corporate logos on competitors’ uniforms, the major professional team sports in the U.S. — baseball, football, hockey, and basketball — have generally resisted allowing sponsors to slap their brand on a players’ uniform. But that could all change with a decision announced last night by the NBA. [More]

NBA And Roku Wrecked My Dad's Great Christmas Present

NBA And Roku Wrecked My Dad's Great Christmas Present

John bought a really thoughtful Christmas present for his dad, a basketball fan: an NBA League Pass subscription, and a Roku so he could watch games on his TV instead of huddling in front of the computer. At least, this gift seemed like a really great idea until the League Pass app just stopped working. John and his dad aren’t the only ones who have this problem, but no one at Roku or at the NBA seems to care about the poor, game-less customers. They’ve already got fans’ money, after all. [More]

How A Bar Still Makes Money By Offering $25 Credit Every Time The Miami Heat Loses

How A Bar Still Makes Money By Offering $25 Credit Every Time The Miami Heat Loses

Last year, when everyone in Miami was guaranteeing that the star-studded Miami Heat would run rampant over the rest of the NBA, the Whiskey Tango All American Bar & Grill in Hollywood, FL, announced it would pay out $25 credits to every customer in bar on any night the team lost. And in spite of the fact that the Heat managed to 24 regular season games, the bar managed to make enough off the deal to bring it back again for the upcoming strike-shortened season. [More]

NBA Will End Lockout, May Start Season On Christmas

NBA Will End Lockout, May Start Season On Christmas

Thanks to the NBA’s owners and players work to hammer out a tentative agreement to end the league’s lockout, fans can expect to receive some basketball as a Christmas present. The two sides reportedly settled their differences during weekend bargaining sessions. [More]

NBA Lockout Forces Hundreds Of Non-Millionaires Out Of Jobs

NBA Lockout Forces Hundreds Of Non-Millionaires Out Of Jobs

When a business entity the size of the NBA grinds to a halt, it’s the infrastructure workers who pay the greatest price. One estimate says that as many as 400 workers in the league have lost their jobs since owners started the lockout. [More]

NBA Cancels Preseason, Regular Season Could Be Next

NBA Cancels Preseason, Regular Season Could Be Next

Because NBA owners and players haven’t been able to agree on a way to split league revenue, it’s looking more and more likely that the labor dispute will either shorten the season or do away with it entirely. The league announced that the entire preseason has been canceled and unless an agreement is reached within the next few days, regular season games will be in jeopardy. [More]

NBA Joins NFL In Pro Sports Lockout Club

NBA Joins NFL In Pro Sports Lockout Club

Professional sports owners are taking their balls and going home in droves these days, with the NBA announcing that, like the NFL, it will lock players out until they can get a new labor agreement sorted out. [More]

Miami Newspaper Runs Macy's Ad Congratulating Heat On Victory

Miami Newspaper Runs Macy's Ad Congratulating Heat On Victory

As LeBron James’s Miami-based detractors woke up Monday to resume their dreary lives following the Miami Heat’s NBA Finals loss to the Dallas Mavericks, they were subjected to an unintentionally mocking full-page ad in some editions of the Miami Herald, congratulating the team on a victory that never was. [More]