The NFL is in the middle of a power struggle between league commissioner Roger Goodell and Dallas Cowboys franchise owner Jerry Jones. The feud comes rights as Goodell is looking to extend his contract, complete with a few extra incentives.
Jones is the leading an all-out attack on Goodell and his contract, stating in a phone call to the commissioner that he ‘coming after’ him. The owners have, according to reports from ESPN, considered their options when it comes to replacements for Goodell.
Reportedly, the owners’ searching led them to reach out and to test the waters on NBA commissioner Adam Silver. Silver didn’t hesitate to decline.
Following from Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham of ESPN,
The owners, though, have considered other successors. A confidant of one owner reached out to gauge whether Adam Silver, the NBA commissioner, would be interested in running the NFL, to which Silver immediately said no.
The NBA under silver is in what many consider a golden age of competition and business. After inking a $24 billion deal with ESPN and Turner Broadcasting, the league is quickly becoming one of the more popular sports leagues across the globe.
It was announced in October that the NBA would be expanding its distribution into Japan when the league and Rakuten agreed. The deal is worth up to $225 million and will help further the reach of the NBA.
The league has continued to work and establish itself as a first-class brand. Silver has done the tremendous job building up the NBA’s image; it’s no wonder why the NFL, who has an image problem would be interested.
As the NFL continues to operate in a state of turmoil, the NBA is enjoying prime success. Silver has shown so far to be an exemplary leader and brand spokesman, and it doesn’t look like he’ll be going anywhere anytime soon.