CHARLOTTE – NBA commissioner Adam Silver says he already has his dream job and hasn’t “given any thought” to inquiries from NFL owners about switching leagues.
ESPN reported Thursday that Silver has been approached by several NFL owners and a number of Fortune 500 companies during his five-year run with the NBA. “I’ll just say I have not given it any thought,” Silver told ESPN.
“I feel very fortunate to be in this position. As a longtime fan, as a longtime league employee, the opportunity to become the commissioner of this league was beyond anything I even ever dreamed of as a kid.
“I’ve loved every day I’ve been in this job, and I think there’s nothing but enormous opportunity ahead for this league. And ultimately, I realize I’m just passing through like every player who’s gone through this league and ultimately like every owner. I feel an enormous obligation to the fans and to this greater NBA family to do my best and try my hardest every day. But that’s where 100 percent of my focus is.”
Silver, 56, succeeded David Stern as the NBA’s fifth commissioner on Feb. 1, 2014. He signed a five-year extension in June that runs through the 2023-24 season.
During Silver’s tenure, team valuations have increased by 267 percent, from an average of $509 million in 2013 to $1.9 billion in the most recent report from Forbes.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell signed a five-year extension worth up to $200 million in December 2017.
–Field Level Media