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Biggest Priorities and Challenges for Incoming NBA Commissioner Adam Silver
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Feb. 1, 2014 will mark the end of one era and the beginning of another in the NBA. On that day, David Stern will officially cede his throne as the commissioner of the league to long-time deputy Adam Silver.

Stern's 30-year reign will come to a close with The Association in better shape than ever. Revenue and ratings are up, as is the quality of the on-court product, with even more opportunities for growth going forward. There seems to be peace between the players and the owners, and a tidal wave of talented prospects coming up through the amateur ranks only figures to build on basketball's existing momentum as a force in the sports world, both domestically and internationally.

That doesn't mean, though, that Silver will be able to slip into his new gig without incident. On the contrary, the commish's plate will be fuller than ever, due in large part to the tremendous work done by Stern to this point.

Granted, Silver's taken the lead on much of the NBA's business in recent years as Stern has (slowly but surely) shifted his responsibilities to his successor. As such, the transition between the two should be seamless.

That is, so long as Silver's handle on these 10 issues is a solid as it would seem to be at this point.

 

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