Adam Silver

Commissioner at National Basketball Association, Inc.

Adam Silver

Adam Silver

Commissioner at National Basketball Association, Inc.

Biography

Adam Silver was unanimously elected NBA Commissioner on Feb. 1, 2014, by the NBA Board of Governors.

Silver presides over a global sports and media business built around four professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, Women’s National Basketball Association, NBA G League and NBA 2K League. He is dedicated to growing basketball around the world, embracing innovation and new technologies, increasing transparency and using basketball to bring people together and promote health and fitness.

Silver has been ranked No. 1 on SportsBusiness Journal’s annual list of the 50 Most Influential People in Sports Business. He was also named to TIME’s 100 Most Influential People, Fortune’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders, and The Bloomberg 50, Bloomberg Businessweek’s list of 50 people who defined global business. Additionally, Silver has earned Sports Executive of the Year honors at the Sports Business Awards and was named Sports Illustrated’s Executive of the Year.

Prior to becoming commissioner, Silver served as NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer for eight years. He has been instrumental to many of the league’s signature achievements, including the negotiation of three collective bargaining agreements with the National Basketball Players Association; the development of the WNBA, NBA G League, NBA 2K League and the Basketball Africa League; the partnership with Turner Broadcasting to manage the NBA’s digital assets; and the creation of NBA China.

Before serving as the league’s second-in-command, Silver spent more than eight years as President and COO, NBA Entertainment. Since joining the league in 1992, Silver has also held the positions of Senior VP & COO, NBA Entertainment; NBA Chief of Staff; and Special Assistant to the Commissioner.

Silver was appointed to Duke University’s Board of Trustees in 2015 and received the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Chicago Law School. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the board of the Lustgarten Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.

Before joining the NBA, Silver was a litigation associate at the New York law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he concentrated on media and antitrust cases. He also served as a law clerk to Federal District Court Judge Kimba Wood in New York City. Silver graduated from Duke University and the University of Chicago Law School.

Elected to the Board of Trustees in 2015, he serves on the Undergraduate Education Committee and is vice chair of the Committee on Honorary Degrees.

Overview
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Primary Location

New York City, NY

Number of Boards

7

Birthday

1962

Age

58

Number of Awards

2

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Chairman-Emeritus at Duke University

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Executive Chairman at Lustgarten Foundation

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President & Chief Executive Officer at Lustgarten Foundation

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President at Duke University

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President at The Madison Square Garden Company

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President at Globicon

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Provost & Jo RAE Wright University Professor at Duke University

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Public Service Professor of Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School Founding Director at Harvard University - Center for Public Leadership at John F. Kennedy School of Government

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Executive Chairman at Guggenheim Capital LLC

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Co-Founder at The Carlyle Group, Inc.

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Commissioner at National Basketball Association, Inc.
Education
Doctor of Jurisprudence
Class of 1988

University of Chicago Law School is the graduate school of law at the University of Chicago. It was founded in 1902 by a coalition of donors led by John D. Rockefeller, and is consistently one of the highest-rated law schools in the United States. The U.S. News & World Report ranks it fourth among U.S. law schools, and it is noted particularly for its influence on the economic analysis of law.

AB in Political Science
Class of 1984

Duke University is an academic university that offers undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. It also has publications and research services. The university was founded in 1838 and is headquartered in Durham, NC.

Memberships
Life Member
Current

Council on Foreign Relations, Inc. provides and disseminates ideas on foreign policies to individuals, corporate members, journalists and policy makers. It operates a forum for government officials, students and other interested parties to study and discuss world issues and impact on American foreign policies. The company publishes Foreign Affairs, a magazine that comes out six times a year, along with books and studies by its own scholars. Council on Foreign Relations was founded in 1921 and is headquartered in New York City, NY.

Career History
Commissioner
1992 - Current

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the pre-eminent men's professional basketball league in North America, and is widely considered to be the premier men's professional basketball league in the world. It has thirty franchised member clubs (29 in the United States and 1 in Canada), and is an active member of USA Basketball (USAB), which is recognized by FIBA (also known as the International Basketball Federation) as the national governing body for basketball in the United States. The NBA is one of the four major North American professional sports leagues. NBA players are the world's best paid sportsmen, by average annual salary per player.

Associate
Prior

Cravath, Swaine & Moore provides legal services in various industries such as: broadcasting, media and entertainment, consumer products, energy, financial institutions, healthcare, industrial and chemicals, professional services, real estate, retail, technology, telecommunications, and transportation. The company was founded in 1819 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Clerk
Prior

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (in case citations, S.D.N.Y.) is a federal district court. Appeals from the Southern District of New York are taken to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit). The Southern District is one of the most influential and active federal district courts in the United States, largely because of its jurisdiction over New York's major financial centers.

Boards & Committees
Board Member
Prior

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Director
Prior

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids operates as a social advocacy group. The organization utilizes donated talent, time and space of its corporate and media partners to create anti drug advertising, public relations and educational campaigns. It comprises of communication, educational, health and medical professionals that encourage children to shy away from drug abuse. The organization was founded in 1987 by Richard T O'Reilly and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Member, Visiting Committee
Prior

University of Chicago Law School is the graduate school of law at the University of Chicago. It was founded in 1902 by a coalition of donors led by John D. Rockefeller, and is consistently one of the highest-rated law schools in the United States. The U.S. News & World Report ranks it fourth among U.S. law schools, and it is noted particularly for its influence on the economic analysis of law.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$1 - $10K
2018

Council on Foreign Relations, Inc. provides and disseminates ideas on foreign policies to individuals, corporate members, journalists and policy makers. It operates a forum for government officials, students and other interested parties to study and discuss world issues and impact on American foreign policies. The company publishes Foreign Affairs, a magazine that comes out six times a year, along with books and studies by its own scholars. Council on Foreign Relations was founded in 1921 and is headquartered in New York City, NY.

$1,000 - $10K
2013

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids operates as a social advocacy group. The organization utilizes donated talent, time and space of its corporate and media partners to create anti drug advertising, public relations and educational campaigns. It comprises of communication, educational, health and medical professionals that encourage children to shy away from drug abuse. The organization was founded in 1987 by Richard T O'Reilly and is headquartered in New York, NY.

$500 - $1,499
2011

PENCIL, Inc. is an American private company located in New York, NY, that provides volunteer opportunities for individuals within the business community.

Political Donations
$500
2013

Governor at Rhode Island Office of the Governor, Gina Raimondo

$2,600
2013

Senator from New Jersey

$1,000
2012

Former President of United States

Advisors
Special Advisor

Former Chairman at United States Joint Chiefs of Staff

Awards & Honors
2015
TIME - 100 Most Influential People in the World
Rank #18
2013
Sports Illustrated Magazine - 50 Most Powerful People in Sports
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