Price per head sportsbooks found out that Adam Silver became the NBA’s fifth commissioner.
On Saturday, the NBA posted a picture on its Twitter account of Silver shaking hands with commissioner David Stern and holding a basketball.
It’s official: Adam Silver succeeds David Stern as #NBA Commissionerpic.twitter.com/B2tuuZVZv9
NBA (@NBA) February 1, 2014
Stern retired after being in charge for exactly 30 years, turning him into the NBA’s most successful and longest-serving commissioner.
Pay per head services saw that in 1992, Silver joined the league as his assistant and since 2006 he was the deputy commissioner.
“It is a source of great satisfaction to me that the NBA will now be led by Commissioner Adam Silver, for whom I have tremendous admiration, respect and expectations as he and his experienced and dedicated team take the NBA to successes that were unimaginable even a short while ago,” Stern wrote on Friday in an email to media members.
Stern said that on October 25, 2012 he would retire, and price per head sportsbooks learned that owners unanimously picked Silver as his successor. Now the NBA will begin using balls with Silver’s signature.
Silver, just like Stern, left the legal field to join the NBA. Originally he was Stern’s special assistant, but he moved on to become the NBA Chief of Staff before running NBA Entertainment for about a decade before 2006, when he took Russ Granik’s place as deputy commissioner.
Price per head sportsbooks saw that Silver was the NBA’s lead negotiator during the 2011 collective bargaining negotiations and in recent years seemed to be more Stern’s partner than deputy.
“It’s been David’s show. Even up to the last meeting. But there has never been a question whether Adam was involved in every important decision,” Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban wrote in an email.
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Pay per head services found out that this week, the NBA’s owners unanimously approved longtime league executive Mark Tatum’s appointment as deputy commissioner.