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Published January 17, 2014
PUTTING ON A GOOD SHOW: Hawks' play-by-play announcer Bob Rathbun noted the majority of the "sold-out crowd of close to 20,000 has stayed until the end of the contest." Rathman: "The fans here at O2 give both teams a standing ovation. They enjoyed the NBA show, no doubt.” NBA TV's Jared Greenberg noted organizers "sold this game out in four hours." NBA TV's Andre Aldridge interviewed Stern, who is retiring on Feb. 1, during Thursday game and asked him, "“When you took over three decades ago, could you have envisioned this global growth?” Stern responded, “It would have been presumptuous to the max. Anymore than I could have anticipated that there would be an Internet or there would be satellite delivery of our signals or anything like that” ("Nets-Hawks," NBA TV, 1/16).
FOR MORE FROM LONDON: SBD Global correspondent Richard Gillis files a report from Stern and Silver’s discussion with the U.K. media from the Nolan Partners Sport Industry Breakfast at BT's central London headquarters. Meanwhile, SBD Global monitors the media coverage of the Nets-Hawks game from the U.K.