NBA Joins NFL In Putting Ads On Practice Jerseys

It was only five short years ago that baseball fans nearly formed a full-scale mutiny against Major League Baseball for the league’s plan to advertise the movie Spider-Man 2 on the bases at the 2004 All-Star Game. It was a simpler, purer time in sports - except for all those ‘roids, of course. Oh, and the global economy hadn’t taken a wrong turn at Albuquerque into the proverbial crapper it’s in today.

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Since those halcyon days of yore, sports leagues have kicked up the selling-out process up several notches as leagues dig deep to generate new sources of revenue. There was only a mild outcry from the more crotchety corners of the punditry when the NFL announced it would allow advertisements on practice jerseys (as long as they weren’t porn-related, that is). At the time, Mark Cuban predicted the NBA would follow suit soon. And whaddya know, old Cubes was right again - starting this season, NBA teams will sell ad space on its practice jerseys, and there’s been barely a peep about it from anyone.

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Uni Watch Gives Rock & Roll, PowerPoints To You

Paul Lukas has made it his life’s mission to chronicle every bit of minutia about sports attire, both on his UNI WATCH blog and his weekly column of the same name on Page 2 of ESPN.COM. But now PITCHFORK MEDIA is reporting that Lukas will be living the rock and roll lifestyle, as he opens for noted indie rock band The Magnetic Fields on a couple of Midwest tour dates this fall.

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But Lukas isn’t living out some sort of Rock Bottom Remainders writer-turned-lousy rocker fantasy - Lukas isn’t going to be doing anything musical at all. He’s just going to be giving a PowerPoint on…something. Maybe it will be sports-related, and maybe not. As the man himself says on his blog:

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