Oct 13, 2018

The NBA's climb to becoming the world's most popular league

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The NBA is expanding its presence around the world with 12 international offices, seven basketball academies on four continents and league games broadcast to more than 200 countries and territories, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press writes.

Why it matters: The league's rapid growth could someday catapult it to the top spot as the number 1 sport in the world, but it still has a ways to go.

Be smart: Soccer is still number 1 globally and it isn't close.

Yes, but: The NBA is growing. The league says 300 million people are playing the game recreationally in China, and nearly 1 billion people across the world have some access to the NBA Finals, Raynolds writes.

What's happening: The NBA is taking a page out of FIFA's book with basketball academies fostering the growth of young basketball players across the globe. The results are showing as the league opened last season with a record number of international players playing for NBA teams.

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The state of play: In a major pivot in tone, President Trump said Tuesday it's "going to be a very painful two weeks," with projections indicating the virus could kill 100,000–240,000 Americans — even with strict social distancing guidelines in place.

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 10 a.m. ET: 877,422 — Total deaths: 43,537 — Total recoveries: 185,241Map.
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  3. Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index: It's "a tale of two Americas" as the rich are more likely to work from home and the poor are more likely to report to work.
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  5. State updates: Washington and California appear to have slowed their surges of new cases.
  6. 2020 updates: Joe Biden said it's "hard to envision" the Democratic National Convention going ahead as planned in July.
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  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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