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Adam Silver Replaced as NBA Deputy Commissioner by Mark Tatum

January 30th, 2014 at 2:00 PM
By Matt Agne

David Stern's time as an NBA Commissioner pretty much come to an end. His replacement, is the ever popular Adam Silver who served as his Deputy Commissioner since 2006. As Silver readies himself to fully step into the position as new Commissioner of the NBA he has endorsed Mark Tatum to replace him as Deputy Commissioner.

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Adam Silver has enjoyed a run as a very popular Deputy Commissioner of the NBA since 2006. When he came out to announce the second round of the NBA Draft fans would cheer wildly.  However, Silver will now be replacing David Stern as the NBA Commissioner. Silver has decided to keep the NBA Deputy Commissioner position and has named Mark Tatum as his replacement for that position.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports the impact of Tatum being up for the new NBA Deputy Commissioner position.

With Adam Silver taking over for David Stern as NBA commissioner on Saturday, Mark Tatum, the league's vice president of global marketing partnerships, has emerged as Silver's successor to become deputy commissioner, league officials told Yahoo Sports.

Tatum, who is African-American, will become one of the highest-ranking minority executives in major professional sports.

Silver had been the NBA's deputy commissioner, and had long targeted Tatum to take over his No. 2 position in the league office, sources said.

Several league officials describe Tatum as bright, capable and engaging, an executive who has spent most of the past 15 years as a revenue creator for the NBA. Tatum has overseen the league's marketing partnerships with major corporate brands, and managed sales relationships with the league's TV and media partners.

Silver is an extremely detail oriented person. He wouldn't have named Tatum without thinking it through, talking to owners and NBA office members, crossing his T's and dotting his I's.

That being said, Tatum will still have to be approved by the owners before taking over his new position. That is considered a formality more than anything. This is the guy Silver wants by his side and it would be a major surprise if he didn't get his guy.

More likely, Silver will be cheered when he comes up to announce the first round of June's NBA Draft. That will be partially because of the hate for Stern and partially because the love for Silver. Tatum too will likely be applauded as he's brought out to announce the second round of the draft.

What will be interesting is to see how they're welcomed in their second draft together. After all, it's easy to dislike the Commissioner and everyone loves the backup quarterback. Silver could soon get the Stern treatment and Tatum could go from unknown to fan favorite by default.

Tags: Adam Silver, Basketball, David Stern, Mark Tatum, NBA, New York, New York Knicks

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