NBA Commissioner David Stern announced today that he will be stepping down from his position as commissioner on February 1st, 2014, exactly 30 years after he took the job in 1984. Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver will replace him upon his retirement.
”I told them (the Owners) that it’s been a great run, it will continue for another 15 months, that the league is in, I think, terrific condition.” Stern said at a press conference making the move official.
“The Board has selected Adam Silver to succeed me as NBA Commissioner, and I am very pleased with their choice,” Stern said in an email to NBA Owners on Thursday. “As you know, Adam is a world-class business executive who has influenced so many areas of our business during his 20-year tenure with the league, from television, to digital, to international, to merchandising, to sponsorships, to team business, to, of course, labor negotiations. I know that the organization will be in very good hands when Adam becomes Commissioner. What we have achieved together and will continue to achieve is extraordinary – and we will have 15 months to talk about it.”
There hasn’t been much concern over Stern’s announcement, in fact, most NBA fans seem pleased by the news.
Adam Silver said that he’s thrilled to be put in the position, and he’ll make the best out of it. “What an honor to be in this position,” he said. “I’m honored, thrilled and will do my absolute best to grow this league.”
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