Led by commissioner Adam Silver, the NBA has been at the forefront of the world of sports technology for the last four years. Under Silver, the league has embraced data, social media, esports, and now sports betting. Over just the last 12 months, the league formed a partnership with Intel’s venture capital arm called the “NBA + Intel Capital Emerging Technology Initiative” and expanded options through its League Pass service to include nightly virtual reality content and the ability to watch just the fourth quarter of NBA games. The NBA has entered into sports betting data partnerships with MGM Resorts in the U.S., and with Genius Sports and Sportradar globally.
For his push to keep the NBA on the cutting edge of innovation, and his foresight to not just advocate for legal sports betting but also to position the league in such a way that it would be able to capitalize on that, we have selected Adam Silver as SportTechie’s Outstanding Executive for 2018.
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The three-time NBA champion Golden State Warriors are the fourth team to be honored as Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year. The Warriors join the 1980 U.S. hockey team, the 1999 U.S. Women’s World Cup soccer squad and the 2004 Boston Red Sox as the other team honorees. Sports Illustrated announced the winner Monday, and editor-in-chief Chris Stone said they have been thinking of some way to honor the Warriors during their run of three titles in four years. He also acknowledged that there were a couple years where Steph Curry has been in the conversation.
Asked Sunday if he thought missing 14 of the first 27 games might hurt his chances, the Warriors forward responded emphatically. “Nah. Hell no,” he said. “Kawhi (Leonard) beat me one year, and I think he played 56 games, or something like that. So, hell no. It’s still on my mind. And I’m going to get it done. “I’ve just got to come back and lock the league up, which I’m more than capable of doing. I think I’ve proven that. “So. Nope.”
Erik Horne: Paul George on being in the early MVP conversation, says it’s not his focus: “My job is to play as hard as I can, try to win as much as possible. If that makes me MVP, then so be it.”
Logan Murdock: Draymond Green hasn’t lost hope on DPOY: “Kawhi beat me one year and I think he played 56 games, something like that. So hell no, it’s still on my mind and I’ma get it done.” “I just got to come back and lock the league up, which I’m more than capable of doing.”