CHARLOTTE N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE): The Charlotte Hornets received an off-the-court award on Tuesday, being named among 25 other organizations as a rececipient of the second annual Front Office Sports Best Employers in Sports Award. The recognition goes to sports industries that excel at employee relations, company leadership, producing a high-level culture, promoting diversity, inclusion…Hornets named one of best employers in sports — FOX 46 Charlotte
Each season comes with new expectations and this year those expectations are higher than Hornet fans are used to. Can rookie Lamelo Ball become the biggest sports star in the city? He just bought Cam Newton’s old condo, maybe he can take over Cam’s place as the premiere athlete in the city.Does Charlotte Have A New Star In Town? — WFNZ Radio
Will Barton’s good to go, according to Will Barton.Injured Nuggets vet Will Barton nearing return from knee injury: “I’m just ready to go” — The Denver Post
By Kyle Hightower AP Sports Writer BOSTON — The Celtics thought they were laying a foundation for seasons to come when they brought in All-Stars Al Horford, Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward in back-to-back summers in 2016 and 2017. Four years later all three are gone, the latest failed attempt by Boston to construct its first […]Celtics believe youthful core can take next step — Lowell Sun
Sign In Do not disrespect Marcus Smart in front of Cedric Maxwell. Maxwell has long defended Smart’s talents, even when some have been quick to criticize his mistakes. But the former Boston Celtic took his assessment of Smart’s on-court abilities one step further Tuesday during his self-titled podcast. Not only does he think Smart is…Why Cedric Maxwell Believes Marcus Smart Is Among Celtics’ Best Defenders Ever — NESN.com
Marquese Chriss took the news about as well as he could. After a loss to the Kings in January, he was informed by the Warriors he no longer had a job. The decision was made in Sacramento, a 30-minute drive from where Chriss grew up in Elk Grove. In limbo, he spent time with his…For Warriors’ Marquese Chriss, a career comes full circle tonight in Sacramento — Red Bluff Daily News
USC men’s basketball will continue its pause of activities following a positive COVID-19 case, the program announced Tuesday. The Trojans’ game Wednesday against San Francisco and their Dec. 23 contest against Texas Southern have been canceled as a result of the pause. USC’s game Sunday at Oregon State has been postponed. That marks four games…USC men’s basketball calls off next 3 games due to COVID-19 case — Pasadena Star News
TORONTO RAPTORS ANNOUNCE PLANS TO HOST LIMITED NUMBER OF FANS FOR GAMES AT TAMPA’S AMALIE ARENA WITH RIGOROUS NBA AND LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH PROTOCOLS
Tickets go on sale Thursday at Ticketmaster.com for December 18 pre-season game and first 11 regular-season games
As the Toronto Raptors prepare to play home games for the opening of the 2020-21 NBA season at Tampa’s Amalie Arena, the team announced plans to host a limited number of fans beginning with its pre-season game against the Miami Heat on Friday, December 18. Tickets for the pre-season game, and the first 11 regular-season games, will go on sale Thursday morning, Dec. 17.
Fan attendance protocols will involve extensive health and safety measures, including socially distanced seat availability. There will be fewer than 3,200 seats available for the pre-season game, and 3,800 seats for regular-season games. There will be no floor seats, and no seats sold within 30 feet of the court. Additional measures include: all fans two years of age or older being required to wear a mask for the duration of their time within the venue; enhanced surface and air disinfection systems; physical distancing in the stands and while navigating the venue; a health survey screening for all guests as they enter the facility; cashless payments in the parking lot and for food and beverage services; and bags are prohibited for all Raptors games at the arena.
“In these unique and challenging times, the Raptors are grateful to be able to work closely with the NBA, the Lightning organization and local public health officials to create a safe opportunity for a limited number of fans to take in games,” said Tom McDonald, Vice President of Ticket Sales and Service for MLSE. “As the Raptors call Tampa home for the start of the NBA season, the team looks forward to the opportunity to thank the community for their support while continually emphasizing the important steps required of all of us for a full return of fans when it is safe to do so.”
Tickets for Raptors home games will be sold on Ticketmaster.com starting as low as $30 beginning at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday with the sale of the pre-season game along with the first 11 regular seasons games through to the end of January. As an extended health and safety measure, all tickets will be accessible by mobile only.
“AMALIE Arena is thrilled to play host to the Raptors and the NBA and we are proud of our partnerships with local public health agencies that allows a safe return to live events,” said Steve Griggs, Chief Executive Officer of the Tampa Bay Lightning and AMALIE Arena. “The safety of our guests and our community is our top priority and these rigorous health and safety protocols have been put in place to ensure that our fans’ experience at AMALIE Arena is both safe and enjoyable. We look forward to a safe and successful stay in Tampa for the Raptors.”
Sign In Well, you can stop speculating about Giannis Antetokounmpo’s NBA future. The two-time NBA MVP has agreed to sign a five-year, $228.2 million supermax contract extension with the Milwaukee Bucks, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Tuesday, citing sources. Once completed, the deal will be the largest in NBA history. Here are the details: Breaking:…Giannis Antetokounmpo Reportedly Signing Record-Setting Deal With Bucks — NESN.com