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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) goes up for a shot over New Orleans Pelicans forward Herbert Jones (5) during a semifinal in the NBA In-Season Tournament, on Dec. 7, 2023, in Las Vegas. The Lakers won 133-89. (AP Photo/Ian Maule)

The NBA In-Season Tournament is a play for viewer attention — will it succeed over time?

Attention is a limited resource and the sports leagues face a long list of competing choices for viewers. The NBA is trying to pull in more viewers this year with its new In-Season Tournament.
Amen Thompson, left, and his twin brother, Ausar, were selected fourth and fifth in the 2023 NBA draft. John Lamparski/Getty Images for Empire State Realty Trust

Overtime Elite – a private school, basketball league and media conglomerate – just sent two players to the NBA

The organization – which offers its high school-age players a minimum salary of $100,000 – represents a new model for young athletes looking to maximize their earning potential outside of the NCAA.
Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III falls to the court after suffering a toe injury during a playoff game in May 2021. Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images

Keeping NBA players on the court is no small ‘feet’

The gargantuan feet of NBA players are the stuff of legend. But nearly two-thirds of their injuries occur below the waist, and they have a 25.8% chance of incurring an ankle injury every season.
LSU’s Angel Reese reacts in front of Iowa’s Caitlin Clark during the second half of the NCAA Women’s Final Four championship basketball game in Dallas on April 2. LSU won 102-85 to win the championship. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

NCAA basketball championship: Criticism of Angel Reese reveals the unfair standards imposed on Black women in sport

For too long, Black girls and women have been made to conform to the largely white and male-centred ideas about how sports should be played and how Black athletes ought to present themselves.
LSU’s Angel Reese, right, and LaDazhia Williams react during an NCAA Women’s Final Four semifinals basketball game against Virginia Tech on March 31, 2023, in Dallas. AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

How white privilege plays into the first lady’s idea to invite runner-up Iowa to the White House

Asking the mostly Black women’s basketball team at LSU to share the limelight with the white team it beat in the championship game represents a double standard, a scholar of sports and race says.
Mac McClung of the Philadelphia 76ers dunks the ball during the 2023 NBA All Star AT&T Slam Dunk Contest on Feb. 18, 2023, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Alex Goodlett / Stringer via Getty Images

Mac McClung may have ‘saved’ the slam dunk contest, but scoring methods could still be improved, a dunkologist explains

NBA player Mac McClung may have just ‘saved’ the annual dunk contest, but scoring methods could still be improved, a dunking expert says.
Gonzaga forward Drew Timme’s mustache – and his basketball skills – helped him earn an endorsement from Dollar Shave Club. AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer

March Madness stars can now cash in on endorsements – but some limits set by states and universities may still be unconstitutional

States and universities have passed many rules governing what types of name, image and likeness deals athletes can sign. Most are innocuous, but three may violate their First Amendment rights.

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