As the 2019-20 NBA season approaches, the Cleveland Cavaliers are preparing to celebrate their 50th anniversary as a franchise.
And as a result, fans will be able to receive several retro-themed promotional giveaways throughout the upcoming campaign.
On Thursday, the Cavs' official Twitter account revealed the throwback themed items that will be included as a part of their 2019-20 promotional calendar. The first giveaway will take place when Cleveland hosts the Orlando Magic on Nov. 27, with fans in attendance receiving a Nick Mileti Cavalier hat to celebrate the franchise's "Early Years" (1970-83).
The following week, fans in attendance for the Cavs' Dec. 3 matchup will receive the team's first bobblehead giveaway of the season with Austin Carr having been voted to represent the franchise's first era.
In addition to Carr, fans will be able to receive bobbleheads of Mark Price (Jan 4 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder) and Zydrunas Ilgauskas (Feb. 29 vs. Indiana Pacers) in honor of the Richfield Coliseum Era and Gund Arena Era, respectively. Voting is still underway for which players bobbleheads will be made for the "New Wine & Gold Era" (March 4 vs. Boston Celtics) and "Championship Era and Beyond" (March 30 vs. Phoenix Suns).
Other promotional items this season include a Whammer bobblehead (Dec. 20 vs. Memphis Grizzlies), a retro 3D photo viewer (Nov. 17 vs. Philadelphia 76ers) and a 90s fanny pack (Nov. 23 vs. Portland Trail Blazers) and hat (Jan. 28 vs. New Orleans Pelicans). Last month, the Cavs revealed they will be wearing their 1990s Gund Arena Era throwback jerseys for seven games this season.
The Cavs' full 2019-20 promotional schedule is as follows:
The Early Years (1970-1983) presented by Medical Mutual
- Wednesday, November 27 vs. ORL – Nick Mileti Cavalier Hat Giveaway
- Tuesday, December 3 vs. DET – Austin Carr Bobblehead Giveaway
- Friday, December 6 vs. ORL – Early Years Era Night
Richfield Coliseum Era (1983-1993) powered by FirstEnergy
- Saturday, January 4 vs. OKC – Mark Price Bobblehead Giveaway
- Sunday, January 5 vs. MIN – Richfield Coliseum Era Night
- Tuesday, January 7 vs. DET – Cavs Puzzle Cube Giveaway
Gund Arena Era (1994-2003)
- Saturday, November 23 vs. POR – Fanny Pack Giveaway presented by Mountain Dew
- Monday, November 25 vs. BKN – Sword 50th Season Magazine
- Wednesday, December 11 vs. HOU – Gund Arena Era Night
- Friday, December 20 vs. MEM -- Whammer Bobblehead Giveaway presented by Discount Drug Mart
- Tuesday, January 28 vs. NOP – Retro 5-Panel Hat Giveaway powered by FirstEnergy
- Saturday, February 29 vs. IND – Zydrunas Ilgauskas Bobblehead Giveaway
- Saturday, April 11 vs. MIL – Gund Arena Era Night
New Wine & Gold Era (2003-2010)
- Monday, March 2 vs. UTA – Joe Tait Talking Microphone Giveaway
- Wednesday, March 4 vs. BOS – Fan-Voted Bobblehead Giveaway*
- Saturday, March 7 vs.DEN – New Wine & Gold Era Night
Championship Era and Beyond (2011-Present)
- Thursday, March 26 vs. LAL – Championship Era and Beyond Era Night
- Monday, March 30 vs. PHX – Fan-Voted Bobblehead Giveaway*