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AuthorGrant Thomas

18 year old Washington sports fan and Penn State freshman. I'll cover the MLB, NFL, and NBA.

The NBA Should Steer Away From Jersey Advertisements

The NBA and its teams are a brand. The average franchise is now worth a record $1.25 billion, a 13% increase over 2015. The top three teams in value (New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, and Chicago Bulls) are worth a combined $8 billion. The value is tied to the size of the individual market and television deals, the latter a huge piece of the value pie.

Rapid Reaction: Nats Grab Closer Melancon For Small Price

They were patient and waited for a better deal, and they were rewarded. Instead of giving up any top-tier prospects, the Nationals parted with talented but struggling reliever Felipe Rivero, and 21-year-old leftie starter Taylor Hearns. In return, elite closer Mark Melancon strengthens the bullpen and pushes the struggling Jonathan Papelbon back into a lower-stakes role.

Reaction: Marlins Acquire Andrew Cashner in 7 Player Deal

The most important thing to remember from this trade isn’t that the Miami gave up its Top 2 prospect and best potential relief pitcher in exchange for a mid-rotation starter.

It’s that the prize of the deal, 29-year-old starter Andrew Cashner, will have to shave off his trademark beard to fall in line with the Marlins’ somewhat-new no facial hair policy.