Will ad logos be placed on NHL sweaters?

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Will ad logos be placed on NHL sweaters?

In order to increase revenue, the NBA announced last month that they had tentatively approved a plan to put advertising on players' game jerseys for the 2013-14 season.

If one major sports league is willing to do it, could others follow suit -- especially the NHL?

SI.com warns hockey fans not to be surprised if the idea of ad logos on NHL sweaters becomes a reality within the next few years.

Advertisements on hockey jerseys isn't an out-of-the-box idea. Minor leagues already do it as well as several European leagues.

It would appear to be a no-brainer if the goal is strictly money. But the SI.com article linked above runs down several pros and cons of such a drastic decision.

One of the most intriguing cases is detectability. Any ad would be difficult to see while action is taking place due to the quickness of the game. However, frequent stoppages in play allow the jersey more on-screen time than in other sports.

The Blackhawks sweater -- especially the red version -- has been considered one of the best jerseys in all of sports for a long time. How would you feel if company ads began to show up on them?

Tell us your feelings by commenting below.

Watch: Kid imitates Patrick Kane's post-goal celly in youth hockey game

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Watch: Kid imitates Patrick Kane's post-goal celly in youth hockey game

It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that young hockey players are patterning their games off Patrick Kane.

But the next generation of scorers are modeling their post-goal celebrations after the Blackhawks star, too.

Check out this video of a kid in a youth hockey game mimicking Kane's celebration from this year's playoffs, when he scored the double-overtime winner in Game 5 of the Blackhawks' series against the Blues.

Not bad, kid!

Kane recognized the kid's celly game, tweeting the video out to his followers Friday afternoon.

Bears agree to terms with first-round pick Leonard Floyd

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Bears agree to terms with first-round pick Leonard Floyd

The Bears' first-round pick is signed.

The team announced Friday afternoon that it agreed to terms with Leonard Floyd, the linebacker out of Georgia the Bears selected with the No. 9 pick in this year's draft.

According to the announcement, the contract is four years long with a fifth-year option.

With Floyd signing, the Bears have agreed to terms with eight of their nine draft picks, defensive end Jonathan Bullard being the lone unsigned member of the 2016 draft class.

Saturday on CSN: Fire go for second straight win with Timbers in town

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Saturday on CSN: Fire go for second straight win with Timbers in town

The beginning of the season was not very good for the Chicago Fire, just ask general manager Nelson Rodriguez.

However, a win against Portland on Saturday would put the Fire, currently last in Major League Soccer with 10 points, back within range of the playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. That’s how quickly things can turn around in Major League Soccer, especially in the weaker of the two conferences.

The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on CSN and coverage begins at 7 p.m. with Fire Pregame Live. There will also be a Spanish language simulcast on CSN+.

The Fire (2-5-4, 10 points) are coming off a 1-0 win against Houston. The last time the Fire had back-to-back wins was April of last year.

Portland (4-6-3, 15 points) is the defending MLS Cup champs, but the Timbers have not looked like it so far this season. Portland is the only team in the league without a shutout and is tied for the most goals allowed in the league.

Fire coach Veljko Paunovic mentioned the preseason meeting between the two teams as something to use as a reference. The Fire won 2-0 in Portland on Feb. 27, but a preseason win didn’t do the Fire any good against Vancouver, which beat the Fire on May 11.

“We had a great performance in Portland,” Paunovic said. “We learned a lot about them in that game.

“They play as a team. They are very good in transition. They are very good on set pieces, too. A lot of important, individually very good players.”

Fanendo Adi is certainly one of those very good players. The Nigerian is tied for the league lead with eight goals. Diego Valeri and Jack McInerney also have four goals each, with McInerney mostly coming off the bench.

When asked if the Fire and Timbers have similar styles, Paunovic detailed a few of the tactical differences.

“They play very narrow at times, but we are looking for something different,” Paunovic said. “When we have Gilberto, Kennedy (Igboananike), (David) Accam switch positions to create superiority on a different part of the field and especially being in the final third it can give us a lot of advantage. We have very fast, very offensive guys up in front and I believe that can help.”

This will be the first time since the season opener that Accam will be available to play at home. He came back from injury with two appearances on the road and was suspended for the win against Houston. Paunovic could have all three aforementioned forwards play together for the first time since the season opener.

As for who won’t be available, John Goossens and Michael Harrington are out while Collin Fernandez is listed as questionable while still nursing an ankle sprain.

Meanwhile, Portland is short two players who are prepping for the Copa America before MLS goes on break after the weekend. Key playmaker Darlington Nagbe is with the U.S. while defender Jermaine Taylor is away with Jamaica.

Chicago Fire vs. Portland Timbers

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Coverage begins at 7 p.m. with Fire Pregame Live)

TV: CSN; simulcast in Spanish on CSN+

Where: Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Ill.