Phil Jackson, who has won a record 11 NBA titles as a coach, is near to concluding a deal to become the New York Knicks basketball operations boss, ESPN reported Tuesday. The US-based sports news network, citing unnamed sources, said the Knicks were confident they would have final details sorted out this week and an announcement of a deal by next week. Jackson, 68, retired as a coach in May of 2011 after having guided the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles in the 1990s and the Los Angeles Lakers to five NBA crowns from 2000-2010.
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says he will pay for stadium upgrades that could help lure a Super Bowl back to Miami, but he wants tax breaks for his spending. Ross said Tuesday that his renovations to the team's home park will create 4,000 local jobs and attract the Super Bowl and other major events. But the Miami Herald reports that in exchange for him paying for those upgrades with his own money, he wants to stop paying any property taxes, breaks similar to what many other NFL team owners obtain. Florida voters rejected paying for stadium improvements themselves 10 months ago and the NFL passed over Miami in awarding the 2016 and 2017 Super Bowls and naming finalists for the 2018 Super Bowl.