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Published February 6, 2014
THE SILVER LINING: Silver said that it has been a "memorable first week on the job." Silver: "My phone is ringing off the hook, although the outpouring of support has been tremendous." He added, "Roger Goodell has reached out to me -- he's been very generous with his time. I've met with Bud Selig, Gary Bettman, I've known for a long time. I mean there really is quite a community of the sports world, where people are all tremendously supportive of each other, even though we're competitors in certain ways." USA TODAY's Sam Amick notes Silver's "early list of priorities" includes the "forthcoming negotiations between the NBA and its digital and television media partners -- ESPN, ABC and TNT -- over their next rights deal." Silver: "It's probably the top business priority right now, only because it is so important for us in terms of it's how our games reach the vast majority of people, through our national partners" (USA TODAY, 2/6).