Adam Silver
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NBA Entertainment



Before becoming the Commissioner of the NBA in 2014, Adam Silver joined the league in 1992, and assumed a variety of positions, including special assistant to the commissioner, senior vice president of NBA Entertainment, president of NBA Entertainment, and NBA chief of staff. The Sporting News has included Silver on their 100 Most Powerful People in Sports list multiple times, while in 2015 he was named Executive of the Year by Sports Business Journal, appeared on Time’s 100 Most Influential People list, and was named by Forbes one of the 50 Greatest Leaders.

Before his time with the NBA, Silver was a litigator at New York law firm Cravath, Swaine, & Moore and served as a law clerk to federal judge Kimba Wood. He also executive produced the IMAX feature Michael Jordan to the Max, while also collaborating with TNT on the documentary Whatever Happened to Michael Ray? Silver also serves on Duke University’s Board of Trustees, as well as the board of the Lustgarten Pancreatic Cancer Foundation and New York Road Runners. In 2014, Silver was Executive of the Year by Sports Illustrated, and ranked #1 on Sports Business Journal’s list of the 50 Most Influential People in Sports Business.


  • NBA Entertainment
  • Cravath, Swaine & Moore


  • Duke University (NC, USA)
  • University of Chicago (IL, USA)

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to Open SXSW Sports Conference

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to Open SXSW Sports Conference

South by Southwest has set NBA commissioner Adam Silver as the opening featured speaker for its SXsports conference on March 11.Silver succeeded David Stern as commissioner in February 2014, after eight years as deputy commissioner. Two months later, Silver banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the NBA for life in response to racist comments made by Sterling, fined him $2.5 million and urged owners to vote to expel Sterling from ownership of the Clippers.The three-day sports-focused track of...


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