Adam Silver
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The NBA is prospering under Silver, with the average team value soaring to $1.9 billion in 2019, up 13% from the previous year. In recent months, he has introduced officiating reforms such as a coach’s challenge, revamped the draft lottery and overseen a slew of brand expansions, including opening the NBA Experience at retail haven Disney Springs in Orlando and launching the Basketball Africa League (in partnership with FIBA). In the league’s first deal with a sports betting operator, MGM Resorts International became the official gaming partner of the NBA and WNBA. He added two preseason games each in Japan and Mumbai, and in a continued commitment to diversity, this year he named former Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert as the first commissioner of the WNBA.


  • Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • NBA


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

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  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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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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