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50 Most Influential: David Stern / Adam Silver


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stern

Commissioner

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CHANGE FROM 2012: NO CHANGE

Adam
Silver

Deputy Commissioner

NBA

CHANGE FROM 2012: +16

The NBA power duo is in the midst of a seamless transition come February when Silver officially takes over as NBA commissioner. Arguably one of sport’s most accomplished executives, Stern leaves the league in the trusted hands of the well-liked Silver, who spent two decades training for the top job. While some might think the changing of the guard would move them down this list, it’s coming at a pivotal time, as the league’s media rights negotiations begin. Those discussions figure to be among the most important in memory, with multiple networks hoping to get a piece of the action.
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