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There is rising hypothesis that the NBA will broaden quickly, and a brand new report suggests the potential timeline for its implementation, in addition to the cities that is perhaps granted franchises.
League insider Adrian Wojnarowski stated on the ESPN present NBA Today that the league plans to discover growth as soon as it finalizes its upcoming media rights deal, which is about to finish after the 2024-25 season.
Under the present media rights settlement value $24 billion signed in 2014 and took impact within the 2016-17 season, the NBA receives $2.66 billion yearly from Disney (ESPN) and Warner Bros. Discovery (TNT).
The league goals to triple the determine in its subsequent media rights deal, in search of a staggering $75 billion complete with an annual worth of $8 billion, per a CNBC report in 2021.
Two cities in pole place to obtain growth franchises
Wojnarowski has acknowledged that the NBA plans so as to add two groups in its subsequent spherical of growth franchises, and Las Vegas and Seattle are the main candidates to be awarded these groups.
“There is no question that the league has been migrating toward Las Vegas for years, from Summer League to preseason games, and certainly you’ve seen the success of other professional franchises in that city,” the league insider stated.
Meanwhile, the league had a staff in Seattle for over 4 many years, from 1967 to 2008, often called the Supersonics. However, this staff controversially relocated to Oklahoma City and have become the Thunder.
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