Adam Silver Rumors
I wanted to talk to Silver because the NBA has made a very conscious decision to let basketball social media—including amateur videos of in-game highlights—fly free. Like, really free. Don’t misinterpret: if you try to sit courtside at the Staples Center and try to Periscope the entire contest, the commissioner wants to shut you down. But mostly they’re letting the party continue.
This is not just a matter of superfans and their phones. The commissioner believes this tech is effectively redrawing the NBA map—where the attention and power is, and more important, where it can go, which is basically anywhere. Silver maintains other factors are contributing to this evolution, including a revised collective bargaining agreement in 2011 which imposed a dramatic luxury tax upon big-spending teams.
The 10th anniversary of the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference is coming up. So we’re having a big party? Morey: Everyone should join. We’re going to have some pretty cool stuff. We’re going to have the original “Moneyball” crew — Billy Beane, Michael Lewis and Bill James will be there. We’ll have two commissioners at least, might have more. We’ll have (NBA) commissioner (Adam) Silver, (NHL) commissioner (Gary) Bettman. Lots of great owners, coaches, GMs — pretty excited.
National Basketball Players Association Executive Director Michele Roberts expressed optimism last week about talks with the NBA, but the union will be heading into negotiations after replacing two key executives.
The surprise announcement that Laurel Richie is leaving her post as WNBA president puts NBA commissioner Adam Silver in the spotlight. It appears to be a new task he relishes, easy to understand for one of the architects of the original WNBA business plan 20 years ago. “There are societal forces at work that are undeniable,” Silver told USA Today Sports. “But we wouldn’t be doing this in the way we are if we, the WNBA and the NBA had the opportunity to influence consumer behavior, fan behavior and directly impact people’s desire to watch women’s basketball games in person, and watch the WNBA on television. So we believe that we can effect change. I believe that I personally can do more to grow the WNBA. I believe it is necessary, at least in the short-term, that I commit more of my time to the success of the league.”
“I’m not looking for a miracle,” Silver said. “And I would say that I recognize in this business that growth comes incrementally. This is not a full court shot, and not even a halfcourt shot. This is about steady, incremental growth. And that’s all the WNBA expect from the league. And that’s all the NBA owners expect, because remember, they too fund the league. We all just want to see continued growth. But I just want to reaffirm—everybody is 100 percent behind this league. Laurel leaving is a bump in the road. But we’ll pick up exactly where she leaves off. And the only change I can commit to is, I can do more, and I will be more.”
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the departure of WNBA president Laurel Richie offers the league an opportunity to “reset” heading into its landmark 20th season. Richie announced Wednesday that after five years she is stepping down, moving on to pursue other interests. NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum will run the league on an interim basis. Silver, in a phone interview with espnW, emphasized that the change was Richie’s decision.