Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 12/9/12
Perhaps no commissioner in any of the major sports has ever had as much to do with the growth and success of his league than the NBA’s David Stern. Of course, as with anyone in a position of extreme power, a few misdeeds are unavoidable along the way. Stern, 70, will celebrate his 29th anniversary as NBA Commissioner in February. He has announced that he will retire in 2014, after he has surpassed 30 years as the boss, a tenure longer than any other major sports commissioner in history. As some have speculated, Stern’s choice to wait until just after his 30th anniversary is likely spurred by Stern’s ego. The NBA as we know it is directly a result of Stern’s efforts to market the league: emphasis on individual stars; keeping big market teams relevant; and efforts to distribute the league’s wealth of money and talent to a handful of contending franchises while still making smaller markets profitable. The league is as popular as ever, despite a lockout just last year. Not everything is so
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