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Team Promotions - Weekly Roundup | June 20, 2023

By NBA G League Staff /June 20, 2023

Delaware Blue Coats throwback to the Wilmington Blue Bombers  

On March 24, the Delaware Blue Coats hosted Fort Wayne and paid homage to the Eastern Professional Basketball League by holding “Wilmington Blue Bombers Tribute Night.​” The Blue Bombers were Delaware’s first professional basketball team, playing from 1941-47 and 1963-71​.  

Ahead of the 7 PM tip-off, the Blue Coats held a pre-game dinner reception for 12 Blue Bombers alumni and their families. The team wore throwback uniforms inspired by 1960s design​ and they partnered with Streaker Sports on launch of throwback apparel ​for purchase.  

At halftime, fans watched a special on-court tribute featuring Sonny Hill, 76ers Executive Advisor. The Blue Bombers Championship banner hung in rafters of Chase Fieldhouse to commemorate titles in 1942, 1944, 1966, and 1967​ and Waite Bellamy, team captain and 1970 league MVP, finally received his MVP trophy after 50 years, stirring a rousing “MVP” chant from the crowd​.  

On the business side, the night was among the team’s top three in highest single game revenue as well as in-arena merchandise sales. The team received widespread local media coverage for a single game for the first time in franchise history including The News Journal, WDEL< DETV, WSTW iheartmedia, and Boston Global legend Bob Ryan.  

For more information about Blue Coats tickets and events, contact the Blue Coats at 302-504-7587, email

The Long Island Nets Celebrating Fans with Memorial Sloan Kettering  

To close their regular season at home, the Long Island Nets and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center teamed up to put on the team’s annual Fan Appreciation Night.  

Ahead of the game, the team hosted a VIP experience for 100 members of the Long Island Association in the south endzone of the arena. The Long Island Association is the region’s leading chamber of commerce who serves the Long Island community through networking opportunities and advocacy. The first 1,000 fans in the door received a co-branded Long Island Nets and Memorial Sloan Kettering beanie, as well as a tote bag featuring the team’s 2022-23 season mantra, “Catch the Wave.” 

In partnership with The Players Trunk, the team auctioned off 12 player-signed co-branded and exclusive Memorial Sloan Kettering jerseys with all proceeds going back to the hospital. The in-game presentation was centered around highlighting fans, local businesses, and healthcare workers from the Memorial Sloan Kettering community. Postgame, in appreciation of the fans, the players had a free meet and greet along the concourse. The night ranked as the team’s fifth highest game in overall revenue and first in merchandise sales.  

For more information about Long Island Nets tickets and events, contact them at or via phone at (934) 948-2546.

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Memphis Hustle Celebrating Their Parent Club for A Successful Night  

During the 2022-23 season, the Memphis Hustle hosted their biggest Grizzlies Affiliate Night to date, celebrating their parent club.  

Prior to their matchup versus G League Ignite, the team hosted their annual Grizzlies MVP “Thank You” Party including player autograph stations, photo booths, video games, games, balloon and caricature artists. The entire Memphis Grizzlies roster and Head Coach Taylor Jenkins were all a part of the pregame event.  

In game, the players wore themed jerseys which were then auctioned off to benefit the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation, raising over $3,500. The in-game entertainment featured the Grizz Girls, Grizz and DJ Mic Tee, and had parent club players Ja Morant and Dillon Brooks sign and toss out tee shirts. Postgame, the team’s two assignment players and two-way player signed autographs. The team also hosted a free postgame shootaround on the court for kids.  

The Grizzlies Affiliate Night game was Memphis’ second highest attended game this season and the team had success with their social strategy, teaming up with the Memphis Grizzlies and having a memorabilia giveaway.  

For more information about Hustle tickets and events, please call 901.888.HOOP(4667) and press #6.

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