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The NBA is changing its D-League to the G-League (the G is for Gatorade)

The National Basketball Association’s Development League (D-League) will be known as the G-League for the 2017-2018 season because it is being sponsored by the sports drink company Gatorade.

Founded in 2001 as a league to develop NBA talent, the D-League will have 25 teams in the 2017-2018 season: 40% of current NBA players have spent time in the D-League.

The Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) intends to work with players in the league on player nutrition and training, according to a statement released on Feb. 14 by the NBA Development League.

“As one of the most iconic brands in the world and a founding partner of the NBA Development League, Gatorade PEP, +0.38% is an ideal fit for this first-of-its-kind partnership,” said Mark Tatum, NBA deputy commissioner and chief operating officer.

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