Adam Silver Considering “FA Cup style tournament” in the NBA?

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Soccer in America

[H/t Yahoo]

Interesting stuff from the NBA Commish Adam Silver. He’s always been a forward thinking kind of guy, and has mentioned that he and the National Basketball Association looks at international soccer as an interesting case study on the promotion and set up of leagues and competition, so its no shock to see him speak of looking for “other competitions” and “other tournaments of high significance” in the league.

It will be interesting, over the long haul, how something like this could shake out given that the NBA is the overly dominant league domestically and internationally, so its not like they can have another competition that will be for a particular “championship” or cup. The American system of playoffs determines “regional” champions and conference champions, so they will probably look at earning particular things maybe? Would they integrate younger players or lower levels of the sport and only allow certain age groups to play? I find it fascinating though that they even consider it.

Soccer has influence. Crazy influence….

Is International Basketball looking to model itself after International Soccer? – TOW

Also, the NBA staged a game in London yesterday as part of their global marketing campaign. The Milwaukee Bucks blasted the Knicks and there were some famous soccer folks in attendance. Each team visited different football clubs, I’ll post more of that later, and we also saw Gareth Bale with some fancy footwork earlier in a post from Dunny.

He just uploaded more stuff today, he clocked a shot from halfcourt!

More Gareth Bale

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Music Alert :: “RUN UP ON YA” Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Elle Varner prod. Statik Selektah

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Music

badass bronson varner
[H/t ambrosiaforheads.com]

This is a record by three of my favorite artists right now. AB is such a problem that I don’t know how many more ways to say it. Bada$$ is that other kid out of NY who reminds us of what New York USED to sound like and Elle Varner is next in line of that special sounding R&B soul music that I love…. With his new record dropping next week JB has been giving us a steady stream of heat over the last few months, and this one falls right in line.

Debuted on Shade 45, producer Statik Selektah (a beast in his own right) played this track. Its crazy.

Lang NSFW

Good lord!

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#SkillCheck :: Gareth Bale On A Basketball Court

Filed under: EPL News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | English Premier League Highlights, La Liga News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Spanish La Liga, Soccer News, Videos

Just saw the @nba game in London. Always thought it was easier with my feet!! Show me yours skills, use #GB11Skills

Un vídeo publicado por Gareth Bale (@garethbale11) el

~~ That. Left. Foot.

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Jermain Defoe Completes Move To Sunderland – Signs 3 1/2 Year Deal

Filed under: EPL News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | English Premier League Highlights, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, Soccer News

Defoe Sunderland

~~  Hard not to start thinking of Jermain Defoe as a Money Assassin after what has gone on in the last 12 months or so… But another angle to think about is / was his relationship with former Toronto FC Head Coach Ryan Nelsen and how things changed drastically after injuries and Nelsen was fired….

via SAFC

Sunderland AFC have completed the signing of striker Jermain Defoe from MLS side Toronto FC.

The highly sought-after frontman heads to the Stadium of Light after penning a three-and-a-half year deal with the Black Cats.

The move sees Defoe return to the Barclays Premier League, where he has scored over 120 goals during spells with West Ham United, Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur.

Striker Jozy Altidore moves back to the MLS, where he started his career, signing for Toronto FC as part of the deal.

Following five successful years in a second spell with Spurs, Defoe moved to the MLS at the start of 2014, joining the Canadian side and scoring 11 times in 16 games for the Reds.

Speaking about his return to English football, he said: “I am delighted to be here and I’m looking forward to the challenge.

“It is a great club and I’ve always enjoyed coming up here and playing against Sunderland because of the stadium and the supporters. It is a great place to play and I’m really looking forward to it.”

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Jozy Altidore Completes Move To Toronto FC

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Look who we found at the airport! Welcome @JozyAltidore #TFClive

A photo posted by Toronto FC (@torontofc) on

~~  Toronto FC getting the man they wanted just twelve months after the huge double announcement of Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley…. And while Defoe didn’t work out as planned, Toronto FC was able to wheel and deal to get #MonopolyMoney for the former England International who now moves on to Sunderland as the most moved player in England during the January Transfer Window.

I’m digging this move personally for a couple reasons.  First is the obvious, having Altidore back in Major League Soccer.  And second, Bradley and Altidore can now team up for both Club AND Country.

Interested to see what quotes come out of the mouth of #USMNT boss Jurgen Klinsmann.

An hour until the @JozyAltidore Press Conference. Watch it LIVE on TorontoFC.ca. #TFClive

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Check out the LIVE Press Conference starting at 11am Eastern over on Toronto FC’s website.

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2015 Florida Cup In Orlando – Bayer 04 Leverkusen / Fluminense / FC Koln & Corinthians

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Soccer News, Videos

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Before the Florida Cup kicks off tomorrow, the Bundesliga just released highlighting their experience in America so far. The video features commentary and insight from players and coaches on what the experience has been like in Orlando, as well as what they expect to get out of their two matches this week.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen will face Fluminense FC at 5 p.m. EST and then 1. FC Koln will take on Corinthians at 7:30 p.m. EST at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando on January 15th. Then the four clubs will then travel to Jacksonville for matches on Jan. 17 at EverBank Field.

Bund Orl

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Soccer In America – NSCAA Convention

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, Soccer in America

Appreciate the @nscaa1941 welcoming gift @nscaaCEO!!

A photo posted by brian dunseth (@theoriginalwinger) on

~~ Beans and I are on the ground in Philadelphia for the 2015 NSCAA Convention…. So many great things going on over here.

From MLS PR Media Panels and Media Training with the 2015 MLS SuperDraft….

The #LandonDonvan MVP Award… So much respect shown to #LD by Don Garber and @mls

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So much class shown by MLS Commissioner Don Garber and the league as they honor Landon Donovan by renaming the MVP Trophy as the Landon Donovan MVP Award…  What’s that line again about missing someone when they’re gone?

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Watch :: Fernando Torres Score In the FIRST MINUTE of the Madrid Derby for Atletico Madrid

Filed under: Atletico Madrid, Fernando Torres, Goals, Real Madrid

Fernando Torres (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Antoine Griezmann with a cross following a fast break. In the first minute of the game. Wow.

torres madrid derby goal

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