Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reports that several NFL owners have approached NBA commissioner Adam Silver about the possibility of replacing Roger Goodell as commissioner at some point.
Shelburne says that NFL owners have tried to persuade Silver to run their league over the course of his five years as the NBA’s commissioner. However, Silver has said that he hasn’t “given any thought” to the idea of leaving the NBA.
“I’ll just say I have not given it any thought,” Silver tells ESPN regarding the overtures from the NFL other Fortune 500 companies. “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, and 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.”
Goodell is under contract through the 2022 season as part of his five-year, $200 million extension with the league. Silver, meanwhile, is under contract with the NBA through the 2023-24 season.
Since taking over for David Stern, NBA revenue has increased from $4.8 billion to a projected $9.1 billion over the course of five years and teams valuations have also increased by 267 percent.
You can expect here to be more talk about a potential replacement for Goodell in the coming months/years.