What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this fan site is a comprehensive source for all things related to professional basketball -- and that includes ads. Although there is no specific section for kids on the site, games and a wiki feature call "Hoopedia" will appeal to children. Registration is required to play the games and participate in the discussion groups.
What's it about?
With action-packed game photos, player blogs, and discussion forums, the league's official Web site puts fans in the center of all the court action. Up-close coverage includes an extensive photo gallery and NBAtv's behind-the-scenes glimpse into the sport. Fans can vote for All-Star players, shop for official NBA gear, post comments in the team-specific forums, and read blogs from players and staff.
Is it any good?
While the site isn't aimed at kids, it doesn't exclude them, and offers much to learn and do. You get 360-degree coverage of every slam dunk, rebound and foul, plus game results and team analysis. Watch out for the site's promo-heavy content, though -- nearly every department has a product plug in its title.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about why sports have become so immersed in advertising. Does it take away from the entertainment level of the game to have so many ads? Do you think the advertising helps teams pay for the high-price of athletes' salaries?