Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail


Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail


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NBA fines Clippers $250,000 for Jordan offer

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Clippers were fined $250,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for violating the league's rules that prohibit teams from offering players "unauthorized business or investment opportunities." The Clippers committed the violation during their pitch to DeAndre Jordan on July 2, offering the free-agent center improper marketing opportunities that the NBA said included a third- party endorsement deal.

Though Jordan ultimately re-signed with the Clippers for $88 million over four years after initially agreeing to a deal with the Dallas Mavericks, the NBA concluded that L.A.'s presentation for off- the-court opportunities "nevertheless violated the league's anti- circumvention rules.

L.A. projects $161 million surplus for Olympics

LOS ANGELES - Anxiety over taxpayer costs helped cripple Boston's 2024 Olympic bid, but organizers in potential stand-in Los Angeles disclosed a budget Tuesday that shows the city holding a $161 million surplus after staging events from Santa Monica beaches to the Hollywood Hills.

Los Angeles, which hosted the 1932 and 1984 Olympics, is viewed as the likely replacement for Boston's failed bid because the city's many existing venues would help keep costs low.

The Los Angeles plan projects spending $4.1 billion; Boston's operating budget was about $4.6 billion, but billions more could have been needed for construction, security and other costs.

Notre Dame adding football video board

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Notre Dame has announced plans to add a video board as part of a $400 million construction project around its historic stadium.

Some alumni had been vocal in their opposition of adding video boards, saying it would take away from the stadium's atmosphere. Coach Brian Kelly was a proponent.

The university also said it will add vinyl-clad benches throughout the stadium, replacing wooden seats. …

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