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50 Most Influential: No. 1 — Adam Silver


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NBA

CHANGE FROM 2013: +3

The longtime protégé has made few missteps — if any — since replacing David Stern as NBA commissioner on Feb. 1. Silver swiftly and decidedly ousted disgraced former Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the league after Sterling’s racist comments became public. In the process, he helped deliver a market-adjusting $2 billion sale of

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SBJ Podcast:
NBA writer John Lombardo and Executive Editor Abraham Madkour discuss Adam Silver's selection as No. 1 atop our Most Influential list as well as many of the other NBA executives on the list.

the Los Angeles franchise to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Silver then brought his owners a new $24 billion media deal, tripling the value of the current deal. Both power plays are widely hailed throughout all of sports. It’s been certainly a difficult, but by any measure stellar, year for the new commissioner.

TOP OF THEIR GAME
SportsBusiness Journal’s selections as the most influential people in sports business

2004    Paul Tagliabue
2005    George Bodenheimer
2006    George Bodenheimer
2007    Brian Roberts
2008    George Bodenheimer*
2009    Jacques Rogge
2010    Roger Goodell
2011    Steve Burke
2012    John Skipper
2013    Randy Freer & Eric Shanks
2014    Adam Silver

* President-elect Barack Obama was named #1(a).