By Derek Helling

Derek Helling is a freelance journalist who resides in Kansas City, Mo. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law.

Time is Right for NBA 2K League Players to Unionize

The NBA 2K League will arguably take its most important step toward starting its third season of competition on Saturday in New York City. The league’s 23 teams will add a total of 68 players to their rosters in a live draft at Terminal 5 on Feb. 22. The league’s framework is not only sustainable…

WNBA Team-Building has Entered a New Era

Washington Mystics general manager and head coach Mike Thibault says the WNBA’s new collective bargaining agreement has changed his job forever. He’s right, and it’s a great thing despite the additional challenges for those in his profession. Thibault gave an interview to Ava Wallace of The Washington Post after former Washington guard Kristi Toliver recently…

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How Long Until We See WNBA’s First ‘Super Team?’

During this third decade of the WNBA, players are finally starting to realize some of the agency that their counterparts in the NBA enjoy. That’s not only true of them as a group but as individuals as well. The new CBA appears to open the door to greater and more frequent player movement, as well…

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Blazer5 Gaming Maximizes Potential by Hiring Andrew Maxie

In each of the NBA 2K League’s two seasons, Blazer5 Gaming has gone into the playoffs as the league’s top seed but has been immediately eliminated. Thus, the franchise hired Andrew Maxie as its head coach to address these disappointing results. Maxie comes to Blazer5 Gaming with a wealth of experience in both basketball and…

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Professional Collegiate League Provides New Path to NBA

There are conflicts inherent in the experiences of college basketball players in the NCAA. Whether that takes the form of not being able to choose certain majors because the class schedule conflicts with sports commitments or well-documented “paper classes” designed to keep athletes academically eligible without them doing any actual classwork, the academic experience of…

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WNBA’s New Collective Bargaining Agreement Reminds How Poorly Players Were Treated

The new tentative collective bargaining agreement between the WNBA and WNBPA is a groundbreaking labor contract for those parties. But that’s kind of the problem. While the league has yet to make the full text of the CBA available (and likely won’t do so until after the contract is voted on by the league’s Board…

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It’s Time for a Massive Investment in WNBA Kicks

As Miami Heat guard Jimmy Butler searches for a new shoe deal, the vast majority of his counterparts in the WNBA are in the same situation. But one is far likely to find a new home than all the others. The time to change that has come because of the prevalence of star power in…

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What to Expect From the WNBA’s New CBA

With the recent announcement that collective bargaining agreement negotiations between the WNBA and the WNBPA have been extended to January 15, (and with free agency set to begin February 1), it seems like the new CBA is imminent. While there are many unknowns until the final document actually goes public, there are some educated guesses…

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Atlanta Dream Co-Owner & US Senator Can’t ‘Stick to Sports’

Kelly Loeffler is simultaneously a future member of the United States Senate and a co-owner of the Atlanta Dream. Having an owner of one of the WNBA’s 12 franchises in the US Senate should be a win for the league in terms of both the ability to influence policy and visibility. Because of Loeffler’s politics,…

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NBA 2K League May Have Strong International Presence in Season 3

The third season of the NBA 2K League already promised to have a strong international flair because of its first franchise from outside North America, Gen.G. The success of the league’s first European Invitational further heightens that quality. The event’s primary focus was adding the best talent on that continent to the league’s draft pool…

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