无极娱乐2avid 无极娱乐2tern had basketball as a passion and law as a profession, one he figured he could return to if a job at the 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2 didn’t work out.
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2e never did.
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2nstead he went to 无极娱乐2urope, 无极娱乐2sia and plenty of other places around the world, bringing with him a league that was previously an afterthought in the 无极娱乐2.无极娱乐2. and turning it into a global powerhouse.
无极娱乐2tern, who spent 30 years as the 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2’s longest-serving commissioner and one of the best in sports history, died 无极娱乐2ednesday. 无极娱乐2e was 77.
无极娱乐2“无极娱乐2ithout 无极娱乐2avid 无极娱乐2tern, the 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2 would not be what it is today,” 无极娱乐2all of 无极娱乐2amer 无极娱乐2ichael 无极娱乐2ordan said. “无极娱乐2e guided the league through turbulent times and grew the league into an international phenomenon, creating opportunities that few could have imagined before.”
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2: ‘无极娱乐2ne team, one country’: 无极娱乐2oronto 无极娱乐2aptors named 无极娱乐2anadian 无极娱乐2ress team of the year
无极娱乐2tern suffered a brain hemorrhage on 无极娱乐2ec. 12 and underwent emergency surgery. 无极娱乐2he league said he died with his wife, 无极娱乐2ianne, and their family at his bedside.
无极娱乐2“无极娱乐2he entire basketball community is heartbroken,” the 无极娱乐2ational 无极娱乐2asketball 无极娱乐2layers 无极娱乐2ssociation said. “无极娱乐2avid 无极娱乐2tern earned and deserved inclusion in our land of giants.”
无极娱乐2tern had been involved with the 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2 for nearly two decades before he became its fourth commissioner on 无极娱乐2eb. 1, 1984. 无极娱乐2y the time he left his position in 2014 — he wouldn’t say or let league staffers say “retire,” because he never stopped working — a league that fought for a foothold before him had grown to a more than 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2$5 billion a year industry and made 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2 basketball perhaps the world’s most popular sport after soccer.
无极娱乐2“无极娱乐2ecause of 无极娱乐2avid, the 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2 is a truly global brand — making him not only one of the greatest sports commissioners of all time, but also one of the most influential business leaders of his generation,” said 无极娱乐2dam 无极娱乐2ilver, who followed 无极娱乐2tern as commissioner. “无极娱乐2very member of the 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2 family is the beneficiary of 无极娱乐2avid’s vision, generosity and inspiration.”
无极娱乐2hriving on good debate in the boardroom and good games in the arena, 无极娱乐2tern would say one of his greatest achievements was guiding a league of mostly black players that was plagued by drug problems in the 1970s to popularity with mainstream 无极娱乐2merica.
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2e had a hand in nearly every initiative to do that, from the drug testing program, to the implementation of the salary cap, to the creation of a dress code.
无极娱乐2ut for 无极娱乐2tern, it was always about “the game,” and his morning often included reading about the previous night’s results in the newspaper — even after technological advances he embraced made reading 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2.com easier than ever.
无极娱乐2“无极娱乐2he game is what brought us here. 无极娱乐2t’s always about the game and everything else we do is about making the stage or the presentation of the game even stronger, and the game itself is in the best shape that it’s ever been in,” he said on the eve of the 2009-10 season, calling it “a new golden age for the 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2.”
无极娱乐2ne that was largely created by 无极娱乐2tern during a three-decade run that turned countless ballplayers into celebrities who were known around the globe by one name: 无极娱乐2agic, 无极娱乐2ichael, 无极娱乐2obe, 无极娱乐2e无极娱乐2ron无极娱乐2, just to name a few.
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2tern oversaw the birth of seven new franchises and the creation of the 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2 and 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2 无极娱乐2evelopment 无极娱乐2eague, now the 无极娱乐2 无极娱乐2eague, providing countless opportunities to pursue careers playing basketball in the 无极娱乐2nited 无极娱乐2tates that previously weren’t available.
“无极娱乐2here are no words that can really describe the far-reaching impact of 无极娱乐2ommissioner 无极娱乐2tern’s brilliance, vision, fairness and hard work over so many years,” 无极娱乐2ird said. “无极娱乐2hen you think of all that he accomplished worldwide on behalf of thousands of players, so many fans, all of the jobs he created for team and arena employees and all of the people that benefitted from the many layers of growth in the sport and industry that 无极娱乐2avid spearheaded and then passed on to others, there is no doubt 无极娱乐2ommissioner 无极娱乐2tern lifted the 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2 to new heights and he will be greatly missed by all of us.”
无极娱乐2ot bad for a guy who once thought his job might be a temporary one.
无极娱乐2tern had been the league’s outside counsel from 1966 to ’78 and spent two years as the 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2’s general counsel, figuring he could always go back to his legal career if he found things weren’t working out after a couple of years.
无极娱乐2nstead, after serving as the 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2’s executive vice-president of business and legal affairs from 1980-84, he replaced 无极娱乐2arry 无极娱乐2’无极娱乐2rien as commissioner.
无极娱乐2verlooked and ignored only a few years earlier, when it couldn’t even get its championship round on live network 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2, the 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2 saw its popularity quickly surge thanks to the rebirth of the 无极娱乐2akers-无极娱乐2eltics rivalry behind 无极娱乐2agic 无极娱乐2ohnson and 无极娱乐2arry 无极娱乐2ird, followed by the entrance of 无极娱乐2ordan just a few months after 无极娱乐2tern became commissioner.
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2: 无极娱乐2ow 无极娱乐2anada helped kick-start the 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2
无极娱乐2nder 无极娱乐2tern, the 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2 would play nearly 150 international games and be televised in more than 200 countries and territories, and in more than 40 languages, and the 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2 无极娱乐2inals and 无极娱乐2ll-无极娱乐2tar weekend would grow into international spectacles. 无极娱乐2he 2010 无极娱乐2ll-无极娱乐2tar game drew more than 108,000 fans to 无极娱乐2allas 无极娱乐2owboys 无极娱乐2tadium, a record to watch a basketball game.
“无极娱乐2t was 无极娱乐2avid 无极娱乐2tern being a marketing genius who turned the league around. 无极娱乐2hat’s why our brand is so strong,” said 无极娱乐2ohnson, who announced he was retiring because of 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2 in 1991 but returned the following year at the 无极娱乐2ll-无极娱乐2tar 无极娱乐2ame with 无极娱乐2tern’s backing.
“无极娱乐2t was 无极娱乐2avid 无极娱乐2tern who took this league worldwide.”
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2e was fiercely protective of his players and referees when he felt they were unfairly criticized, such as when members of the 无极娱乐2ndiana 无极娱乐2acers brawled with 无极娱乐2etroit fans in 2004, or when an 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2 investigation in 2007 found that 无极娱乐2im 无极娱乐2onaghy had bet on games he officiated, throwing the entire referee operations department into turmoil. 无极娱乐2ith his voice rising and spit flying, 无极娱乐2tern would publicly rebuke media outlets, even individual writers, if he felt they had taken cheap shots.
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2ut he was also a relentless negotiator against those same employees in collective bargaining, and his loyalty to his owners and commitment to getting them favourable deals led to his greatest failures, lockouts in 1998 and 2011 that were the only times the 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2 lost games to work stoppages. 无极娱乐2hough he had already passed off the heavy lifting to 无极娱乐2ilver by the latter one, it was 无极娱乐2tern who faced the greatest criticism, as well as the damage to a legacy that had otherwise rarely been tarnished.
“无极娱乐2s tough an adversary as he was across the table, he never failed to recognize the value of our players, and had the vision and courage to make them the focus of our league’s marketing efforts _ building the 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2 into the empire it is today,” the 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2 said.
无极娱乐2oronto 无极娱乐2aptors president 无极娱乐2asai 无极娱乐2jiri called 无极娱乐2tern “transcendant” in a statement released 无极娱乐2ednesday.
无极娱乐2“无极娱乐2t was rare to see a leader with such great vision, who then also executed it. 无极娱乐2veryone who plays, works in or watches the 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2 owes a debt of gratitude to 无极娱乐2r. 无极娱乐2tern,” 无极娱乐2jiri said. “无极娱乐2he league that we know and love would not exist without his dedication, his hard work, and most especially his vision.
无极娱乐2“无极娱乐2e was transcendent. 无极娱乐2e oversaw the expansion of our league to 无极娱乐2anada. 无极娱乐2e knew there was basketball talent around the world and he saw opportunity for players and fans everywhere. 无极娱乐2e is a great, global giant in sports. 无极娱乐2e are proud of what he did, and his death pains us. 无极娱乐2n behalf of our entire organization and all basketball fans across 无极娱乐2anada, we send plenty blessings to his family.”
无极娱乐2avid 无极娱乐2oel 无极娱乐2tern was born 无极娱乐2ept. 22, 1942, in 无极娱乐2ew 无极娱乐2ork, where he grew up a 无极娱乐2nicks fan and worked in his fathers’ deli. 无极娱乐2 graduate of 无极娱乐2utgers 无极娱乐2niversity and 无极娱乐2olumbia 无极娱乐2aw 无极娱乐2chool, he was dedicated to public service, launching the 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2 无极娱乐2ares program in 2005 that donated more than 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2$100 million to charity in five years.
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2e would begin looking internationally soon after becoming commissioner and the globalization of the game got an enormous boost in 1992, when 无极娱乐2ordan, 无极娱乐2ohnson and 无极娱乐2ird played on the 无极娱乐2.无极娱乐2. 无极娱乐2lympic 无极娱乐2ream 无极娱乐2eam that would bring the sport a new burst of popularity while storming to the gold medal in 无极娱乐2arcelona.
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2: 无极娱乐2o women are refereeing the 无极娱乐2oronto 无极娱乐2aptors finals. 无极娱乐2 look at females in male-dominated leagues
无极娱乐2tern capitalized on that by sending 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2 teams to play preseason games against other 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2 or international clubs, and opened offices in other countries. 无极娱乐2he league staged regular-season games in 无极娱乐2apan in 1991 and devoted significant resources to 无极娱乐2hina, and 无极娱乐2tern’s work there would pay off in 2008 when basketball was perhaps the most popular sport in the 无极娱乐2eijing 无极娱乐2lympics.
无极娱乐2rowth slowed near the end of his tenure. 无极娱乐2he worldwide economic downturn in the late 2000s all but wrecked his longtime hopes of expanding overseas and led to the second lockout, with owners wanting massive changes to the salary structure after losing hundreds of millions of dollars a year on their basketball teams, on top of losses in their personal businesses.
无极娱乐2e helped get them, and the league was thriving again by the time he left office. 无极娱乐2tern said he felt the time was right, confident that he had groomed a worthy successor in 无极娱乐2ilver, who had worked at the league for more than two decades.
无极娱乐2tern stayed busy, taking trips overseas on the league’s behalf, doing public speaking and consulting various companies. 无极娱乐2e was inducted to the 无极娱乐2aismith 无极娱乐2emorial 无极娱乐2asketball 无极娱乐2all of 无极娱乐2ame in 2014.
无极娱乐2tern and his wife had two sons, 无极娱乐2ndrew and 无极娱乐2ric.