Talk About NBA Jerseys

will be remembered as the day the NBA sold out. Maybe it’ll live on in infamy, because today, the NBA announced that its board of governors approved a three-year trial period for advertisements on its new Nike jerseys, beginning with the 2017-18 season.

But I personally don’t think either of those things will happen. Instead, as a longtime soccer fan, I think today be vaguely remembered as the day the NBA thrust itself into the modern global sports economy. Many NBA fans are claiming right now that the “integrity” of the league — the same league that survived the 2007 referee betting scandal — will be tainted forever. But the “integrity” argument misses the point: NBA jerseys have always been advertisements, and if anything, the league should be lauded for adopting sponsored patches in a less noticeable way than many soccer teams already have.

“It was a season that really shows that soccer is sometimes just a place to get together and experience life together,” he said. “Having a tragedy at the beginning of the season made us focus on relationships more than the game. It took the girls several games to play soccer again. For a while they were just going through the motions.

“Eventually, they did start to focus on the game and dedicated the game to Anna. The girls felt that Anna would have wanted them to play their hardest, so they did. For us, the results off of the field were much more important than the results on the field. Of course, we want to win. But winning at life is much more important.”

Overall, Kimble said the girls learned many valuable lessons throughout this season.

“They are wanting to take those experiences and move forward with something special next year,” he said.