This one seemed a little flat to me. Not bad, really, but not terribly exciting. And the theme is NBA (54A: Org. found in the answer to each asterisked clue)? Really? I guess there are a lot of them, but why? And furthermore, TINBADGE (17A: *Sheriff's insignia, in old westerns)? I've never heard them called "tin" before. Was it really made of tin? Couldn't some of them have been brass? And 46A: *Tangy breakfast item (ONIONBAGEL)? I see at least two things wrong with that clue...
And that whole GES (26A: Some appliances, for short) (ugh) / SPITON (37D: Show disdain for, in a way) (gross) / STENT (53A: Surgically implanted tube) (also gross) area was distasteful.
Lots of abbreviations (ACADS, SATI, PHD, APBS, KNT, GES, DEM, DELT), and not a lot to latch onto. At least for this solver. Perhaps you had a better experience.
The most interesting thing today is the information that ULA is a "9D: Suffix meaning 'little one.'"