Mark Tatum Rumors
The NBA will stage an exhibition game next August in South Africa. Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum made the announcement Tuesday in Johannesburg, where the NBA is holding a Basketball without Borders camp. He said all proceeds will go to charity and that becoming the first U.S. professional league to play a game on the continent is “just an evolution of our commitment to continuing to bring basketball to the continent of Africa.” “I think that’s a pretty big deal,” Tatum said.
NBA executive president of global marketing partnerships Mark Tatum is in line to become the NBA’s deputy commissioner under incoming commissioner Adam Silver, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly until the announcement is official. NBA spokesman Tim Frank declined comment. The move needs to be approved by NBA owners, but a decision such as this wouldn’t progress to this point unless Silver, the deputy commissioner who takes over for commissioner David Stern this week, knew Tatum would be approved.
Tatum, who is African-American, would become one of the highest-ranking minority executives in major professional sports. Silver had been the NBA’s deputy commissioner, and has targeted Tatum to take over his No. 2 position in the league office, sources said.
With Adam Silver taking over for David Stern as NBA commissioner on Saturday, Mark Tatum, the league’s vice president of global marketing partnerships, has emerged as the strong leader to become deputy commissioner, league officials told Yahoo Sports.