- HOOPSWORLD | Basketball News & NBA Rumors - http://www.hoopsworld.com -
David Stern: A Look Back At A 30-Year Career
Posted By Jabari Davis On August 27, 2013 @ 12:22 pm In NBA | No Comments
After 30 years as the longest-acting NBA commissioner, David Stern has decided to step down as of February 1, 2014. With deputy commissioner Adam Silver, reportedly a hand-picked selection of Stern himself, set to replace him, Stern will ultimately turn over the reins as one of the most successful commissioners in sports history. Stern’s association with the NBA actually started in 1966, as he was utilized as outside counsel just after graduating from Columbia Law School and passing the New York State bar examination. While every commissioner has their fair share of justifiable criticisms, Stern being no exception, there is no denying the NBA’s unparalleled expansion, globalization and innovation during his tenure.
Consider this, when Stern took office, depending upon where you lived within the United States, the playoffs and Finals were not even guaranteed to be broadcasted live. The NBA, behind the strength of the made-for-TV rivalry of Magic Johnson’s Los Angeles Lakers and Larry Bird’s Boston Celtics was already booming, but the league simply exploded in worldwide popularity under the watchful eye of Stern.
Of course, it didn’t hurt to have a fairly new round-the-clock sports news channel in ESPN conveniently gaining in popularity and viewership at the same time. Neither did the influx of talented players such as Charles Barkley, John Stockton, Hakeem Olajuwon and this shooting guard out of North Carolina that you may have heard of once or twice before.
Although Jordan was an absolute force as soon as his Nike’s hit (and eventually left) the ground, the combination of the most aggressive marketing strategy in league history and an iconic collection of all-time great talent in the Dream Team (1992 Barcelona Olympics) permitted Stern to open pique the interest of a global sports community.
Additionally, the NBA now has 11 offices in cities outside the United States, is televised in 215 countries around the world in 43 languages, and operates the WNBA and the NBA Developmental League all initiated under Stern’s watch. Without going through the entire history, as 30 years is an awfully long time, here is a list of a few of the significant improvements, changes and controversial events that took place under Stern:
Clearly, no presidency, reign, or commissionership is going to be perfect, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more successful league steward in the history of sports. Regardless of the public’s opinions regarding some of the decisions Stern has made, from a business perspective, Silver will have quite the challenge of attempting to follow in his footsteps.
Article printed from HOOPSWORLD | Basketball News & NBA Rumors: http://www.hoopsworld.com
URL to article: http://www.hoopsworld.com/david-stern-a-look-back-at-a-30-year-career
Copyright © 2013 HOOPSWORLD | Basketball News & NBA Rumors
Part of the USA TODAY Sports Media Group.