Mark Tatum Rumors
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.
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.
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.