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Randy



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PostPosted: 01/01/20 6:22 pm    ::: David Stern Reply Reply with quote

https://www.wnba.com/news/wnba-statement-regarding-the-passing-of-nba-commissioner-emeritus-david-j-stern/

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We are deeply saddened by the passing of NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern. The WNBA will be forever grateful for his exemplary leadership and vision that led to the founding of our league. His steadfast commitment to women’s sports was ahead of its time and has provided countless opportunities for women and young girls who aspire to play basketball. He will be missed.



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PostPosted: 01/02/20 2:28 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

RIP. I personally ended up having very mixed feelings about him due to both his role in the Seattle Sonics leaving our city and in particular him encouraging the league owners not to approve an ownership group's acquisition of the Sacramento Kings with the intent to relocate them here a few years thereafter. But he's a big part of why the W came into fruition, and for that I'll always be grateful.


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PostPosted: 01/02/20 9:04 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

During Stern's tenure, the NBA became one of the most popular leagues in the world and increased television revenue from $10 million per year to approximately $900 million per year.

Under Stern, the NBA played nearly 150 international games and was televised in more than 200 countries and territories and in more than 40 languages, and the NBA Finals and All-Star weekend grew into international spectacles

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/28405624/former-nba-commissioner-david-stern-dies-77


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PostPosted: 01/03/20 3:09 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

David Stern believed in women’s professional basketball
Cat Ariail (Swish Appeal)

Stern understood that sports, including women’s sports, must be a spectacle in order to succeed. The WNBA’s corporatized and choreographed rollout resulted in an inaugural season that exceeded expectations. But in an ever-crowded American sports culture, sustained success is rarely secure, and the WNBA soon would be in for its share of uncertainties and struggles. Nevertheless, the WNBA’s launch that Stern steered set high standards, associating women’s basketball with professionalism, polish and panache.

Stern himself would require the WNBA to continue to meet such standards.


https://www.swishappeal.com/wnba/2020/1/3/21046872/wnba-david-stern-womens-professional-basketball-sports-gender-influence-impact


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PostPosted: 01/06/20 3:32 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

https://www.sbnation.com/nba/2020/1/6/21050350/david-stern-legacy-nba-commissioner-seattle-supersonics


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