Nikola Jokic was trying to get a loose ball out of bounds with more than two minutes remaining in the second quarter of Game Four at the Footprint Center when he got into a fight with some supporters courtside. While trying to grab the ball, Jokic pushed a spectator, who happened to be Ishbia, who was seated courtside. As players and security attempted to quiet tempers, Ishbia fell to his seat.
Nikola Jokic, The Joker!
Nikola Jokic was assessed a technical foul, and a non-Suns owner supporter was ejected from the arena. The Phoenix audience booed Jokic after the non-court altercation. According to Jokic, the fan put his hand on him first.
Michael Malone, the head coach of the Nuggets, was quoted as saying that Nikola Jokic was going to get the ball, and some fan was holding on to the ball as he wanted to be part of the game. Ishbia assured The Associated Press that he was “fine” and that he was more worried about the game than the argument at the halftime break. In the second half, you might find him seated in his usual seat.
Jokic’s Impressive Career
On July 2022, Nikola Jokic signed an extension to his supermax contract with the Nuggets, making it the richest deal in the history of the NBA. The deal was for a total of $264 million over five years. In the second game of the regular season on October 21st, Nikola Jokic recorded his 77th career triple-double by scoring 26 points, grabbing 12 rebounds, and dishing out 10 assists while leading his team to a 128-123 victory over the defending champion Golden State Warriors. In the very next game, Nikola Jokic had another triple-double, this time scoring 19 points, grabbing 16 rebounds, and dishing out 13 assists in a 122-117 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. With 78 triple-doubles, Jokic tied Chamberlain for sixth all-time and most by a center.
Several colleges and universities are indulging their student-athletes in programs to help them make money from the image they have created by playing sports. This is change is a result of the recent reversal of the ban that was imposed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association on taking on advertisement deals and endorsements. The Supreme Court in the USA had ruled it unlawful, just last month. The lawmaker in the State, however, approved this practice subsequently. Penn State said that they will help students get sponsorship deals with big brands or local businesses and have also partnered with two companies to make that happen. Student-athletes from that university ought to be excited.
Brokerage firms for advertising are all set to make the most of this opportunity. Keystone State will also be joining the 12 other states in the country that will now allow students to pursue endorsement deals. The Chief Compliance Officer of NOCAP Sports Casey Floyd was on a show titled Smart Talk on WITF where he said that many people were ignorant about the law that disallowed students from taking on endorsement deals and working with brands like Nike or even local businesses. He further added that now that this law is reversed, college athletes can make money in different ways and take full advantage of this opportunity to sponsor themselves.
University Helps Out
The University of Pennsylvania has also incorporated a third party in order to enable students to win endorsement deals. The aim is to ensure that their students are only part of deals that are ethical. The Interim Director of Athletics and Recreation at Penn Rudy Fuller said that their college had some bright and talented young athletes who can now capitalize on their image and name.
Temple University Goes a Step Further
This University plans to prepare and launch a program that will educate their college athletes on how to go about signing endorsements and get the best deals.