Stern Hints That "Multiple" NBA Teams Could Be Playing Internationally In 20 Years
NBA Commissioner David Stern Thursday said there could be "multiple NBA international teams 20 years from now" in Europe, "but no place else." Stern appeared on ESPN Radio's "SVP & Russillo" and said, "You'll see the NBA name on leagues in other places with marketing and basketball support, but not part of the NBA as we now know it." Stern is set to retire in Febuary '14, and he said he has agreed to "hold some part of my time available if the organization needs me to travel international, which is an area that I very much enjoy and think I can still be of assistance in" ("SVP & Russillo," ESPN Radio, 1/3). CBSSPORTS.com's Royce Young wrote Stern "acted as if it's a certainty the NBA will have a European team" (CBSSPORTS.com, 1/3). SI.com's "Tracking Blog" wrote whether Deputy Commissioner & COO Adam Silver -- who is the Commissioner in waiting -- is still in office "when European cities modernize their arenas remains to be seen." NBA exhibitions and regular-season tours of Europe in the meantime have "been financially successful and slowly but surely make an overseas team and division more palatable for fans and the players union" (SI.com, 1/3).