Report: NFL Owners Want NBA Commissioner to Switch Leagues

ESPN reports "several" owners have tried to get Adam Silver to take over the NFL.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver attends a press conference. VCG/VCG via Getty)
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver attends a press conference. VCG/VCG via Getty)
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According to an ESPN report, there are a number of NFL owners who would like to replace league commissioner Roger Goodell with NBA commissioner Adam Silver.

Over the course of his five-year tenure running the NBA, “several different NFL owners” have attempted to persuade Silver to switch from the NBA to the NFL and run their league.

The NFL isn’t the only entity that has been impressed by Siler’s managerial skills and he has also been approached by a number of Fortune 500 companies, according to ESPN sources.

Under Silver’s leadership, league revenues in the NBA have increased from $4.8 billion to a projected $9.1 billion and individual team valuations have increased by 267 percent.

Given those figures, it’s understandable that the NFL wants Silver to switch teams, but he said he hasn’t ever considered switching to football or joining a Fortune 500 company.

“I’ll just say I have not given it any thought,” Silver told ESPN. “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.”

Silver is in the first year of a five-year extension that runs through the 2023-24 season.

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