Adam Silver
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The five-year contract extension the NBA granted Silver in June was a no-brainer, given the unprecedented growth the league has experienced since becoming commissioner. He began his tenure with a nine-year, $24.1 billion TV and media-rights deal with Disney and Turner Sports in 2014. Since then, the value of the league’s 30 teams has risen from $12 billion to $60 billion, and attendance is record setting. Silver recently demonstrated his commitment to speeding up the game with a proposed reduction of the shot clock from 24 to 14 seconds and indicated the league will likely eliminate the “one-and-done” rule and allow players to sign on at 18 without spending a year in college. He’s also making a big push to have teams hire more women.


  • Cravath, Swaine & Moore
  • 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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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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