Adam Silver
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United States




Silver brought back the NBA on the heels of the pandemic shutdown with a unique plan to confine players, games and essential personnel to a “bubble” at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando with strict safety protocols. The league launched the outreach program NBA Together, which contributed more than $100 million to supporting part-time arena staff, healthcare workers and vital services. He also dived into other pressing issues affecting players and fans, partnering with the NBA Board of Governors to start the NBA Foundation — dedicated to creating economic empowerment in the Black community with $300 million in initial funds — and joining up with the NBA Players Association on a series of social justice initiatives.


  • 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)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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July Will Be Critical for Pro Sports' Comeback

July Will Be Critical for Pro Sports' Comeback

1) The return of the NBA in Orlando at the end of the month is going to be a major cultural moment, one the league and its media partners and sponsors will benefit from for a long time.2) The return of the NBA is a reckless gambit bound to fall apart quickly once the virus permeates the league's vaunted "bubble" and the league's currently sterling brand will take a big hit.Somehow these seemingly contradictory thoughts sit side by side in...


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