HoopsHype Adam Silver rumors

December 20, 2014 Updates

NBA commissioner Adam Silver says that the perception of tanking in the league is greater than the reality of it. "I absolutely don't think any team is trying to lose," Silver said in an interview with ESPN's Andy Katz for "Outside the Lines." "No player is going out there to lose," Silver continued. "In terms of management, I think there's an absolute legitimate rebuilding process that goes on. It's so hard to win in this league, and it's so complex. ESPN.com

December 18, 2014 Updates

Sarver also shared that sentiment with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver recently. "I had this conversation with him just the other day," Silver said Wednesday night in Charlotte before the Suns-Hornets game. "I don't think it's imminent but, yes, over time, there's no question that what was once one of the very best buildings in the league is becoming older. "They invested in a renovation there, the prior ownership did. Robert, as he looks out into the next decade, realizes that at some point he's going to need a new building. It's early stages but it's something that the league office can be helpful with. At least we have the experience of many more markets." Arizona Republic

Silver said Charlotte would be awarded an All-Star Game. The 2015 and 2016 events are in New York and Toronto, respectively, with 2017 and 2018 announcements to come. Silver said he met with Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan and Hornets President and Chief Operating Officer Fred Whitfield on Wednesday about a timeline in relation to $40 million of upcoming renovations to Time Warner Cable Arena. Arizona Republic

December 17, 2014 Updates
December 11, 2014 Updates

Speaking at the DealBook Conference in Manhattan, Mr. Silver said that with an estimated $400 billion of sports betting already taking place in the United States, it should be regulated. “We should bring it into the sunlight,” Mr. Silver said. “If it is going to go on in record numbers, then we should regulate it, we should monitor it and learn from it.” Professional sports betting is legal in Nevada, but Mr. Silver called for federal legislation to address the issue. “If it is going to become legal, I don’t think it should happen on a haphazard state-by-state basis,” he said. New York Times

The NBA over the last two weeks has informally surveyed team higher-ups about the idea of cutting the preseason schedule by as much as half, according to several sources around the league. The goal is to start the regular season earlier and stretch the full 82-game schedule over about 10 additional days, sources say. That would allow the league to slice off a couple of back-to-backs from each team’s schedule, and in the process limit some of the rest imbalance that is inevitable in juggling hundreds of games across 29 arenas. Grantland

December 9, 2014 Updates

TNT’s Reggie Miller joined the show to talk about the big storylines in the League. Miller weighed in on high-profile players protesting – he said there could be a precedent issue if players protest about an issue in a way that’s not in line with what a lot of people think. Reggie also weighed in on the Warriors owner’s statement on former coach Mark Jackson. And he weighed in on how long Kobe Bryant will play. The Dan Patrick Show

Sports Business Journal published a list Monday of the 50 most influential people in sports business, and Adam Silver topped No. 1. CBSSports.com

December 8, 2014 Updates
December 2, 2014 Updates

Several teams have informally pitched fixes. In an email exchange last week with Grantland, Mark Cuban conjured up a temporary plan that would shift Chicago, Detroit, Indiana, and Milwaukee to the West, with the three Texas teams and New Orleans moving to the East. Robert Sarver, the Suns owner, says he brought up the idea of abolishing conferences for at least the purposes of playoff seeding at the league’s board of governors meeting in October. The wound of having the 48-win Suns miss the playoffs last season is still fresh, but Sarver vows to keep poking at the issue regardless of his team’s fate going forward. “It needs to be looked at,” Sarver tells Grantland. “I’m getting closer to the point where I just think there needs to be a change. It is on the league’s radar screen now.” Grantland

Representatives from at least one other Western Conference team — the Thunder — have informally suggested a top-16 playoff structure over the last six months, according to several sources. Some pitches have included the wrinkle of re-seeding the playoffs after each round, league sources say. League higher-ups understand the outcry. “We are studying the issue closely,” says Adam Silver, the NBA’s commissioner. Grantland

December 1, 2014 Updates

Why is this a problem? It isn't so much the practice of tanking itself, but rather the poor public perception of the strategy that concerns Silver. "I don't necessarily disagree with the way it works now," Silver said. "I'd say from a personal standpoint, what I'm most concerned about is the perception out there right now. Frankly, the pressure is on a lot of our teams, even from their very fans, to somehow underperform because it's in some people's view the most efficient and quickest way to get better, so I think that's a corrosive perception out there. Whether it's the case, I'm frankly not sure. I think sometimes perception becomes reality in this league." CBSSports.com

November 28, 2014 Updates
November 25, 2014 Updates

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is in Milwaukee to meet with Milwaukee Bucks investors and talk with young professionals involved in start-up companies. Silver is expected to get an update from Bucks' owners on locating a new multipurpose arena. The NBA has set a deadline of late 2017 for the Bucks to be in a new arena. Failing to meet that deadline means the league could buy the team and move it elsewhere. USA Today Sports

November 24, 2014 Updates

Your handling of the Sterling problem was almost universally supported. But I'm curious: How much discomfort did you have with the idea of stripping an owner of his franchise for having problematic social views? Were you worried about the precedent this decision would set? Adam Silver: Number one, it all happened so quickly. I heard the tape on Saturday morning, and Donald Sterling had been banned by Tuesday. And I was traveling at the time—I had a pre-planned trip to three NBA cities over that weekend. So in a way, I benefitted from not having time to dwell on the greater societal implications of that decision. But thinking about it now, I am less concerned—precedentially—with the fact that an owner can be removed for his beliefs. I am more concerned with it from a privacy standpoint. I am mindful that this began as a private conversation between Mr. Sterling and a girlfriend. In some ways, this case was made easy for us, because that private conversation—completely unrelated to any acts of the NBA—was made public and widely distributed. So from the NBA's perspective, I was dealing with a public statement. But that is something I've thought about quite a bit. This did not originate as a business conversation. It was not intended for public dissemination. And in fairness to everyone in the NBA, we have to consider the appropriate lines. We're all entitled to our private thoughts, and even an occasional misstep or misstatement should not be career-ending. GQ.com

You've said that nationalized gambling is now inevitable in this country, and that you have no moral problem with it, and that you want the NBA to be involved. All of that said, do certain aspects of this notion still worry you? Adam Silver: Absolutely. I have lots of fears, and a lot of them come from what's already happening now, which is widespread illegal sports betting on the NBA. That has existed forever, but now it's been mainstreamed. You can go to any search engine and put in "Bet NBA," and then spend your entire day looking at those sites with up-to-date point spreads and up-to-date information on who is officiating those games. If you enter your credit card, you can start making bets. Now, that might be illegal in the United States, outside of Nevada. But millions of people are doing it. So my view is that—if this is going to exist anyway—we're better off partnering in some way with the government, and the gaming companies, in order to regulate it. Both for the league and for the bettors. We need to insure that the information about injuries are properly reported and we need to make sure there is no inside betting from people who should not be allowed to make bets. GQ.com

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