Former NBA Commissioner David Stern, who is credited with dramatically overhauling and expanding the national sports league while serving as its longest-tenured commissioner, has died, according to the NBA. He was 77.
Had the pleasure of dealing with him when he was #nba commissioner. He had a great, inclusive, easy-to-approach manner about him. And no one is more responsible for the world wide growth and popularity of the league than David Stern.
RIP David Stern, just spoke with you a month ago. You were an inspiration, a great business man, but and even more amazing person. Heart broken.
“The NBA experienced tremendous global growth during Mr. Stern’s tenure, and that growth continues today: The NBA has 12 offices outside the United States; its games and programming are televised and streamed in 215 countries and territories in 49 languages; and it offers fans 19 international online destinations. The NBA was the first U.S. professional sports league to stage regular-season games outside North America, and the league has played more than 165 international preseason and regular-season games to date.
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David Joel Stern is the former commissioner of the National Basketball Association. The lawyer took over from Larry O’Brien in 1984. Under Stern’s leadership, the NBA expanded into one of the largest and most popular professional leagues in the world. Since 1984, the NBA has grown from 23 to 30 teams today. Born : September 22, 1942 (age 77), New York City, New York, United StatesSpouse : Dianne Bock (married 1963)Deputy : Russ Granik ; (1990-2006); Adam Silver ; (2006-2014)Children : Eric A. SternEducation : Columbia University , Columbia Law School , Teaneck High School , Rutgers University