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David Stern Says NBA Teams Are Increasingly Attracting Foreign Investors
Published January 16, 2014
THE LONG GOODBYE: Stern is departing as commissioner on Feb. 1 after 30 years, and ESPN's Avery Johnson called Stern's tenure "one of the most successful runs in sports history." Johnson: "What a great commissioner he's been for the NBA. ... The way he's grown the game globally, what he's also done for minority hiring. There's no need for a Rooney Rule like the NFL has for hiring minorities in the NBA. ... David Stern has done a great job and it's sad to see his run come to an end." ESPN's Doris Burke added, "Hard to argue that from where the league was when he started to where it is when he departs that there's been a better commissioner in sports." Burke added NBA Deputy Commissioner & COO Adam Silver "is more than ready for the job" ("NBA Countdown," ESPN, 1/15). Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban said that he would give Stern "'an 85 to 90' out of 100 when grading his three decades in charge." Cuban added that his "only bone of contention" with Stern "during his time in the league -- besides the state of officiating -- was the amount of money invested in China at Stern's behest in the continued pursuit of globalizing the NBA brand." But Cuban said, "On the business side, we've agreed far more than we've disagreed" (ESPN.com, 1/16).