The Heat will finish second behind Golden State in defensive rating: Miami was one of the top defensive teams in the league last season by every measure, even while the team was struggling for wins. The Heat rating was 104.1, fifth in the league and they allowed 102.1 points per game, also fifth. Now, this group has a year together, they are long and versatile and have players who can defend in the post and on the perimeter.
To ensure the concert started off with full impact, new hotshot and recent ACL Fest headliner Eric Church opened with outlaw swagger. While the North Carolina native plays up the rebel image, it’s hard to take the heartthrob’s boozy, reckless image too seriously. Despite the power chord backing band, rebelliousness and danger went missing almost entirely from his set, which may be the point entirely..
On my first trip to Birmingham, I spent the entire visit pursuing Ruben Studdard and Taylor Hicks, the local songbirds who won “American Idol” in 2002 and 2006, respectively. On my second trip, nearly a dozen years later, I was too busy following the rising star of the Magic City to obsess over fallen reality stars. Since Jefferson County crawled out of bankruptcy, Alabama’s largest city has revitalized several derelict neighborhoods, earned more recognition from the James Beard Foundation for its chefs and earned a national monument designation for its Birmingham Civil Rights District one of President Barack Obama’s last acts in office.
And to do it is not easy. If it were everyone would be doing it. But the rewards for the effort are worth it.. The move is another sign of the athletic department undergoing change in recent years. In June, the department began an $86 million partnership with sports equipment manufacturer Under Armour, ending its long term relationship with Nike. It also announced a 10 year, $100 million multimedia rights partnership with sports media company Learfield last year, moving from its previous partner IMG College.
MARKETING SPEND After recently issuing its third profit warning in a year, Adidas said on Thursday it would boost spending on marketing to about 13 percent of sales in 2014 and to between 13 and 14 percent of sales in 2015. The company also said it would give marketing experts more responsibility and bring them closer to sales and product development staff. Adidas spent 12.4 percent of its 2013 revenue of 14.5 billion euros ($19.4 billion) on sales and marketing, up from 12.1 percent in 2012 and already well above Nike, which spent 10.8 percent of sales of $27.8 billion in the year to May 31.