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The Rose Garden Report Podcast, Episode 13: Robert Sarver Fallout, WNBA to Portland?
Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic joins the podcast to discuss a variety of Blazers and NBA business topics.
For this week's podcast, I'm joined by Mike Vorkunov, who covers the business of basketball for The Athletic. We get into a wide array of Blazers and league-wide business topics, starting with the fallout from the Robert Sarver investigation (read my column from yesterday here if you missed it) and also touching on the Blazers' ownership situation, the likelihood of Portland getting a WNBA expansion team, the NBA's next media rights deal and more. It's a great discussion and Mike brings a lot of unique insight to these topics. Listen below or get it wherever you get podcasts.
Sean Highkin (@highkin) is joined by Mike Vorkunov (@MikeVorkunov), who covers the business of basketball for The Athletic. They discuss the fallout from the NBA's investigation into Suns owner Robert Sarver and how it compares to the league's response to the Donald Sterling scandal (5:00), what might happen next in the Blazers ownership saga (22:45), the NBA's timeline for expansion (28:15), the likelihood of Portland getting a WNBA franchise (32:25), the Blazers' lack of a G League team (43:45), how the proposed in-season tournament might factor into the NBA's next media rights deal (46:30), and what to expect from Shaedon Sharpe in his rookie season (50:50). Subscribe to the Rose Garden Report newsletter here.