The NBA’s Commissioner Emeritus David Stern, who served as the NBA’s Commissioner for 30 years (1984-2014), passed away today, according to the NBA. Stern was a hugely influential figure during his 30-year reign and oversaw a tremendous amount of growth for the league. His legacy invades all corners of the NBA, having played a significant role in shaping it into the league it is today.
David Stern died today at age 77.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 1, 2020
When Stern became commissioner in 1984, NBA league revenues were $165 million/yr and average player salaries were $290K.
When he retired in 2013, league revenues had risen to $5.5 billion/yr and average salaries were $5.7 million. pic.twitter.com/qkiCWwFgFp
Following the news of Stern’s passing, the Sixers released a statement:
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF NBA COMMISSIONER EMERITUS DAVID STERN:
The Philadelphia 76ers organization mourns the passing of NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern.
Mr. Stern helped revolutionize the game of basketball on and off the court. His leadership and innovative approach propelled the NBA to unprecedented growth, benefiting teams, players and fans alike.
He also helped mentor and develop hundreds of the industry’s leading executives, many of whom we are fortunate to now have as part of the Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment family.
Mr. Stern’s impact on the NBA and landscape of sports cannot be understated, and his energy, passion and competitive spirit will be greatly missed.
We offer our sincere condolences to his wife Dianne, their children and family.
There was an outpouring of support for Stern’s family and legacy on social media from numerous NBA personalities.
RIP David Stern, a trail blazer in making the NBA truly a global sport. We can’t thank you enough. Condolences to the Stern Family— Ben Simmons (@BenSimmons25) January 1, 2020
RIP Mr David Stern— SHAQ (@SHAQ) January 1, 2020
The best commissioner to ever do it. pic.twitter.com/SgO0hMX3Ia
The league wouldn’t be what it is today without you. The entire NBA family and fans around the world will miss you. #2009Draftday— James Harden (@JHarden13) January 1, 2020
RIP David Stern pic.twitter.com/tnSYMsTnjp