BROOKLYN, N.Y. — NBA commissioner Adam Silver presided over his second NBA Draft last night at Barclays Center and spent every five minutes or so helping NBA dreams come true for some of the most talented young basketball players on the planet. Just a few months later, Panini America will continue that dream by releasing the first NBA-licensed Rookie Cards of last night’s picks inside 2015-16 NBA Hoops Basketball.
And if you weren’t keeping up with the Panini America Twitter and Instagram feeds last night, well, you missed out on the Panini America #HoopsRookie reveal, a real-time unveiling of the top picks’ 2015-16 NBA Hoops Basketball Rookie Cards. It started just minutes after No. 1 overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves and lasted until the wee hours of Friday morning, until we could properly celebrate that Rakeem Christmas gift of a jacket following the big man’s trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Panini America’s colorful, Prizm-infused Spectra brand has wasted precious little time in etching out a loyal following among hardhcore hoops collectors. In fact, with just one inaugural release last season, Spectra Basketball became a bona fide favorite — as much for its perfect-for-Prizm designs as for its rich autograph and memorabilia content. When the second installment arrives next week, collectors will revel in the fact that the brand has only improved with age.
2014-15 Spectra Basketball releases one week from today and will deliver seven autograph or memorabilia cards in every box. The product this year also has been bolstered by the addition of Global Icons, a one-per-case chase insert that showcases some of the game’s greatest international players. After the jump, you can discover a little bit of everything else the product has to offer.
Early last Friday morning, Panini America officials began the packout process for 2014-15 Immaculate Basketball, easily one of this season’s most anticipated releases across all sports. Bolstered by the fascinating return of Sneak Peek, a spectacularly stacked autograph roster and some of the sickest memorabilia cards you’ll ever see, this year’s Immaculate is seemingly equipped to be the best iteration in the brand’s short-but-proud history.
The 2015 Industry Summit is set to officially kick off tomorrow in Las Vegas as registered guests — retailers, distributors, card manufacturers, league officials — settle in for three straight days of meaningful meetings, round table discussions, new product reveals and spirited interaction that aims to have a positive industry impact in the coming year.
As has become its custom, Panini America will take a leading role in the Industry Summit once again this year, headlined by the company’s annual Tuesday address. But it’s what happens after that address — the distribution of the company’s fabled Black Boxes — that’s likely to steal its share of Summit headlines. Earlier this week we brought you a revealing first look at this year’s Black Box breakdown. Today, we’re digging a little deeper.
For the fourth straight year, Panini America will bring the nationwide shopping frenzy of Black Friday to local hobby shops all over the country with another of its now-legendary wrapper-redemption programs. In the coming weeks, The Knight’s Lance will bring you everything you need to know about this year’s special event, including preview galleries, participating shop information and more. Bu today, we’re bringing you an exclusive first look at the 2014 Black Friday base set and Rookie Cards, and providing an updated list of participating Panini Roundtable stores.
This year’s multisport base set features 65 cards, including 21 current stars, 29 Rookie Cards (numbered to 499) and 15 Memorabilia Rookie Cards (numbered to 99). The promotion-exclusive release also marks the return of the striking Panini Collection insert, a comprehensive multisport autograph roster, memorabilia cards devoted to the NBA’s top rookies and the NFL’s Breast Cancer Awareness and Salute to Service initiatives, and many more surprises that will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Now that NBC has locked up television rights for the Olympics through 2032, the NBA league contract that expires in two years is basically the only major sports rights package available before 2020. That means the NBA has a strong negotiating position in the marketplace as its television contract gets close to an expiration date.
“The NBA’s television contract is coming up at a favorable time in the cycle,” said Marc Ganis, president of Sports Corp Limited, noting that professional football, baseball, and hockey, as well as college football, all signed new long-term national television rights deals in recent years. “There are more networks in the marketplace that need NBA games than will get them.”
Put more simply, the NBA is going to get paid.
Kings players, coaches and cheerleaders will wear the new eyewear technology when the team takes on the Indiana Pacers this coming Friday. While the product is unlikely to be worn on the court, players will wear it during warm-ups and while sitting on the bench during the game.
Live point-of-view video captured from the players’ eyewear will be beamed directly to the arena Jumbotron and will also be made available to fans via smartphones. TV broadcasts will also incorporate the Google Glass footage.
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“Marc Stein explains all the reasons the Allen Iverson trade might not work for Denver — and argues the Nuggets had to do it anyway.”
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“Grizzlies majority owner Michael Heisley will take steps to cancel the proposed sale of the team to an investment group led by ex-Duke star Brian Davis, a league source familiar with the deal told the Memphis Commercial Appeal.”