The NBA’s commissioner Adam Silver has said that he hasn’t ‘given any thought’ to the inquires NFL owners have made trying to get him to become the NFL’s commissioner, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.
Although Silver didn’t directly confirm that he has been approached by NFL owners. Sources close to the situation said that NFL owners have been trying to persuade Silver to become the NFL’s commissioner the last five years. Sources also told ESPN that Silver had been contacted by Fortune 500 companies as well.
When asked about the extremely enticing job opportunity, Silver seemed very content with his current role with the NBA. He said, ‘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’ll just say I have not given it any thought,” Silver told ESPN about his reaction to those job opportunities. “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.”
For now, Silver is stuck with the NBA through the 2023-24 season after signing a five-year extension with the NBA in June. As for the NFL’s commissioner, Roger Goodell, he too signed a five-year extension approximately worth $200 million in December 2017.
This weekend during the All-Star break in Charlotte, North Carolina, Silver is celebrating his five-year anniversary as the NBA’s commissioner. Since replacing ex-commissioner David Stern on February 1, 2014, the NBA has increased revenues from $4.8 billion to an estimated $9.1 billion.