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Published October 24, 2013
PASSING THE BATON? ESPN.com's Henry Abbott noted head injuries in football are "among the most tragic personal stories in sports media," and NBA Commissioner David Stern should take notice because it also is the "biggest sports business story in ages." Basically, the "biggest force in the history or sports business -- the NFL -- has had a kind of 'black swan' event -- a permanent change nobody could have seen coming." All the while, the NBA is "decades into a strategy to nip at the heels of the NFL, in terms of global popularity." Growing the NBA has "been the top duty of Stern, who has often been called the best commissioner in sports -- and who will happily explain why there is every reason to think the NBA's future is sunny, no matter what happens to the NFL" (ESPN.com, 10/23).