2014 has already been one of the most exciting postseasons for both the NHL and NBA. The two leagues are on record setting pace for combined game 7s in one year, one behind the record of 12 set in 1994. The NBA has always been a more star-driven league, which can be more appealing to the general public and casual fans that are watching the playoffs. However, hockey fans across the country have been more willing to bypass their televisions and pay a premium to see playoff games live.
The NBA fined Clippers head coach Doc Rivers $25,000 on Thursday for publicly criticizing the officiating in Los Angeles' 105-104 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder earlier this week.
Rivers was livid after the game, saying the Clippers were ''robbed.'' The Clippers believed the Thunder's Reggie Jackson had knocked the ball out of bounds with 11.3 seconds remaining, but officials ruled it Oklahoma City ball. After going to replay, the call stood, and the Thunder rallied to win the game.
Miguel Pinera, famed in Chile for writing bouncy pop songs, dating models and being the brother of ex-President Sebastian Pinera, has released a track ahead of the soccer World Cup exhorting his fellow Chileans to cheer on the national squad. "Vamos Chile" is intended as a homage to the Chilean team who will play in the finals in Brazil, said the flamboyant Pinera, whose dark beard and rotund shape give him a look similar to former Argentine soccer star Maradona.
The Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul has been one of the NBA’s most high-profile players over the last 12 months. He re-signed with the Clippers in a blockbuster five-year, $107 million deal in July. The seven-time All-Star has been ubiquitous on TV with his State Farm commercials that also feature his four-year-old son. Avon Products
and Nike’s Jordan brand, which boost his off-court earnings to $4 million annually.