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WATCH: Adam Silver Makes Special Appearance At 2nd Annual All-Star BIG Brunch, Calls It A ‘Fantastic’ Event

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The Second Annual All-Star Weekend Business Inside the Game (BIG) Brunch happened Sunday in Charlotte, NC, at Sophia’s Lounge at The Ivey’s Hotel. Athletes, entrepreneurs, influencers and more were in attendance. The topics on the table were all issues concerning the business aspect of being a player, both on and off the court.

Founder, Baron Davis, started BIG as a platform to help assist athletes, artists, entertainment professionals, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and investors with insights into how business dealings work behind the scenes.

This year’s panel was filled with experts in building businesses, brands and platforms that utilize tech resources that have become more readily available — social media, branding tools, venture capital, and digital marketing. The Commissioner of the NBA Adam Silver also made a special appearance and dropped some knowledge as an impromptu panelist.

Speakers among the panel included:

  • Baron Davis, Moderator, Founder of BIG
  • Noah Lichtenstein, Advisor at Teamdom
  • Robert Smith, Venture Capital Consultant
  • Chloe Pavlech, Digital Content Manager, Overtime Sports Network
  • Jon Stewart, NFL Pro Bowl Running Back
  • CJ Anderson, NFL Super Bowl Champion
  • Josh Luber, CEO, StockX
  • Chris Lyons, Chief Of Staff, Andreessen Horowitz
  • Ro Parrish, NBATV
  • Adam Silver, NBA Commissioner
  • And More!

Robert Smith, Venture Capital Consultant, said it best,

“people are stingy with the true knowledge behind the business inside the game,”

and that’s exactly why BIG was created. The conferences, brunches, experiential events and more help facilitate those conversations and lift the veil — so many more can succeed off the court.

BIG aims to help those in entertainment create wealth, understand branding and provide insight into how the business side actually works. The ultimate goal is to help athletes establish themselves entrepreneurially, even after they leave the league.

As a panelist, Noah Lichtenstein, Advisor at Teamdom, added,

“athletes and entertainers, their brands are so much more powerful than they were years ago, and that’s because of technology. You look at who’s driving culture, who’s driving the value creation for these platforms like Instagram and Snapchat, etc… Yet, these content creators are not actually seeing the value — the equity, the ownership, in what they’re helping to create value around.”

BIG works to bring awareness around these opportunities and help athletes rise out of just the influencer role and start becoming stakeholders in the value they create.

Here are some highlights from the Second Annual All-Star Weekend Business Inside The Game Brunch. Each speaker brought something different to the table. Watch for Adam Silver’s comments, insights and hard truths, as well as how NFL Super Bowl Champion CJ Anderson markets himself on and off the field to maximize his ability to monetize his brand and create value for stakeholder opportunities.

Stay tuned for more from Business Inside the Game.

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Stephen Curry to Return to the Lineup on Sunday Against the Washington Wizards

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The Golden State Warriors season essentially ended on October 30th, when an awkward fall resulted in a broken hand for Stephen Curry.

Curry has since been sidelined for four months and in his absence, the Warriors have gone 11-43 and sit with the wowarst record in the NBA.

Luckily things are about to get a lot better for Warriors fans, as Curry is set to return to lineup for Golden State on Sunday.

Adding a six-time All-Star, three-time champion and two-time MVP back into the starting lineup is sure to help the Warriors win a few more games down the stretch.

In the four games Curry played this year he shot 24% from three-point range, which is something he will look to clean up over the final games of this season.

Golden State has their eyes toward the future, looking to land a top lottery pick to their roster and incumbent Big Three of Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

The Warriors have 25 games left this season and are four games behind the closest team for the worst record in the NBA.

As long as Golden State finishes with one of the three worst records in the NBA, they will have the best possible odds of winning the lottery. So Curry’s arrival should not hurt their position in that regard.

Instead Curry will bring some excitement to an ailing fan base, while building some chemistry with Andrew Wiggins and the other young Warriors that may be on the roster next season.

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Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons Out Indefinitely with Back Injury

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The Philadelphia 76ers were dealt a big blow on Saturday when Ben Simmons left their game against the Milwaukee Bucks with a back injury.

Since the injury, Simmons has been resting but it was clear that the injury was significant enough that he would miss a few games at least.

Now the injury has been diagnosed as nerve impingement in his lower back, sidelining him for at least two weeks.

If Simmons is meeting with the doctors in two weeks, that will keep him out of the Sixers lineup until March 10th at least. During that time Philadelphia will play at least six games without him.

While everyone is different, back injuries are always difficult to predict timelines for and there is a great chance that Simmons will miss more than two weeks. He will likely need to rehab after being cleared by the doctors.

The Sixers have struggled with chemistry and continuity all year and were hoping to build some over the final stretch of the season. Now they are just hoping to get Simmons 100% for the playoffs.

Philadelphia’s final 24 games of the season are very important to their success in the playoffs, as they are currently in a dog fight in the standings with five teams jockeying for playoff positioning.

The Milwaukee Bucks have really pulled away from the pack as the East’s top team, with the Toronto Raptors following a similar path behind them for the two-seed.

The Sixers currently sit 14 games behind the Bucks, six behind Toronto and are four games behind the Boston Celtics.

Now that Simmons is hurt, Philadelphia really should have their eyes set on the Miami Heat, with a single loss separating the two teams.

The Indiana Pacers need not be forgotten in this race, as they sit two games behind Philadelphia in the standings.

Still, it appears that Philadelphia and Miami are on a collision course for a four-five matchup in the first round of the playoffs. Home court will be a critical advantage to secure.

The Sixers have the best home record in the NBA at 27-2. Meanwhile the Heat are not too far behind with a 23-3 record in Miami.

Phialdelphia also has the worst road record of any playoff team at 9-20, so they desperately need to find a way to win that advantage over the final stretch of the season.

Losing Ben Simmons for a significant period of time could very well cost the Sixers the playoff position they need to make a deep run in the East.

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Upcoming Summer Olympics in Jeopardy of Being Cancelled Due to Coronavirus

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Basketball fans and sports fans alike look forward to the Summer Olympics every four years, as a celebration of the best athletes around the world.

This year’s festivities are scheduled to take place in Tokyo, Japan, although there is a chance that the games don’t get played at all.

Due to the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus, an IOC member has indicated that the Olympics may be heading towards a cancellation.

The virus which first began to spread around Asia has already infected more 80,000 people around the world, with no imminent cure or vaccine being in place at this time.

If this remains a cause for concern for officials, the anticipated Olympics may need to be cancelled to prevent further spread of the virus.

There is still time to make this decision, with the games being schedule to begin on July 24th. But if the outbreak is not contained in the coming months, we could see the first cancellation of an Olympics in over 75 years.

The Olympics have been cancelled three times since their inception in 1896. This would be the first peacetime cancellation of the games however.

In 1916 the games were cancelled because of World War I. World War II prevented the 1940 and 1944 games from being played.

Hopefully health officials can contain the coronavirus and we don’t have an unprecedented cancellation of the Olympics this summer.

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