The unveiling of the NBA’s 2023–24 regular season schedule has transformed from a routine event into an eagerly awaited TV spectacle. Let’s delve into the list of 10 must-watch upcoming NBA games!
Lakers vs. Nuggets, Oct. 24th
The NBA season’s inauguration unfolds with the Lakers aiming to regain their footing against the reigning champion the Nuggets. LeBron James and his squad seek redemption after the Nuggets’ commanding sweep in the last conference finals, setting a fiery tone for the new campaign.
Suns vs. Warriors, Oct. 24th
The NBA opening-night spectacle awaits as the Suns and Warriors collide. This duel introduces the newest Big Three, eager to carve their mark against the iconic trio of basketball.
Suns vs. Lakers, Oct. 26th
After LeBron James and Kevin Durant’s last clash in 2018, the NBA orchestrates their reunion early in the season, with the Suns and Lakers crossing swords to rekindle the LeBron-KD rivalry.
Celtics vs. Heat, Oct. 27th
The opening week maintains its fervor as the Celtics and Heat rekindle a rivalry that refuses to fade. This NBA matchup encapsulates the drama of the 2023 Eastern Conference finals and offers a glimpse into a feud that consistently captivates.
Warriors vs. Nuggets, Nov. 8th
An early-season NBA faceoff between the Nuggets and Warriors adds to the intrigue. Denver’s championship dominance positions them as the West’s “Big Bad,” and the Warriors, the last team to thwart the Nuggets in playoffs, can lay down an assertive marker.
Spurs vs. Thunder, Nov. 14th
Intrigue envelops the opening of the league’s new in-season tournament, as Victor Wembanyama and Chet Holmgren, two rising NBA stars, cross paths on the court. The potential showcase of their talents is a tantalizing prospect.
Wizards vs. Warriors, Dec. 22nd
A unique proposition arises as Jordan Poole and Draymond Green face off in a potential one-on-one NBA showdown. This captivating duel could be the highlight of the game.
Mavericks vs. Suns, Dec. 25nd
The Mavericks and Suns renew hostilities, drawing from their intense 2022 playoff clashes. The added intrigue of Durant vs. Irving further elevates this encounter, making it an NBA game that promises complete entertainment.
Bucks vs. Nuggets, Jan. 29th
Nikola Jokić and Giannis Antetokounmpo, recent recipients of multiple MVP awards, lock horns in an NBA contest that boasts unbridled star power. Freshness prevails as scheduling quirks from last season are absent, amplifying the anticipation for this clash.
Grizzlies vs. Celtics, Feb. 4th
Beyond a potential NBA Finals preview, this matchup carries heightened significance. Marcus Smart’s return to Boston after a shocking summer trade assures an emotionally charged atmosphere, promising a blend of passion and competition.
Odell Beckham Jr., a free agent wide receiver, sued sportswear giant Nike on Monday, alleging a breach of contract and seeking more than $20 million in compensation. Beckham claims Nike “intentionally depressed sales” of items bearing his name in the lawsuit, to avoid reaching sales benchmarks that would have resulted in an automatic extension of his endorsement contract with the business.
Nike Withheld More Than $2 Million
Additionally, Beckham claims Nike withheld more than $2 million that was due to him in 2017. The lawsuit claims that Nike is willfully withholding millions of dollars and making up justifications not to pay Mr. Beckham instead of continuing to provide the guaranteed royalties and compensation it is contractually required to provide.
The 30-year-old wide receiver was allegedly informed by the business that he would be fined $2 million for breaking his contract by concealing Nike logos on his shoes and gloves during multiple NFL games. According to Beckham, the infractions were a “ploy” to aid Nike in “getting out of a contract that it no longer wanted to honor.”
Nike’s spokespeople did not immediately respond to a request for comment via email. While he was “extremely disappointed” to file the lawsuit, Beckham said in a statement that he did so to ensure that Nike “fulfills their obligations and promises.” Beckham also shares that he is taking a stand, not just for himself but to set a precedent for all athletes who have fully devoted their lives to the sport they love.
Beckham’s First Signed Endorsement Agreement
In 2014, about six weeks before the New York Giants selected him in the first round of the NFL draft, Beckham allegedly signed his first endorsement agreement with Nike. In accordance with the terms of the agreement, Beckham was entitled to a flat fee for his endorsement as well as a share of the net sales of goods bearing his name or likeness.
In addition, the agreement granted Nike the authority to match any endorsement terms made available to Beckham by a rival. According to the lawsuit, Nike used this authority when Adidas tried to sign Beckham in 2017.
While the contract was being finalized, Beckham claims that language about royalty figures that would have automatically extended the agreement was changed without his knowledge, even though Nike had agreed to match all of the terms of the proposed Adidas deal. In an effort to keep him from reaching the necessary threshold, he also asserts that Nike stopped “actively manufacturing and/or selling” goods after 2020 that would have generated royalties.
When Beckham played for the Los Angeles Rams in the final two games of the 2021 regular season, Nike allegedly punished him for covering up the logos on the shoes and gloves he wore. He claims that he did not hide the logos.