Adam Silver hasn’t given ‘any thought’ to becoming NFL commissioner
NBA commissioner Adam Silver insists he hasn’t given “any thought” to taking over leadership of the NFL despite years of rumors that some of the league’s owners have expressed interest in him doing so.
When asked recently about the ongoing belief that some NFL owners would have welcomed him switching leagues, Silver claimed there is no interest whatsoever on his part while also declining to confirm whether he’d ever been approached about the possibility.
“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.
“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.”
Reports going back years suggest that several NFL owners have marveled at Silver’s ability to deftly handle sensitive issues, topics and controversies that the NBA has been forced to confront since he replaced David Stern as the league’s fifth commissioner on Feb. 1, 2014.
On the other hand, there has been no shortage of criticism levied at NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for his arguable missteps and mishandling of several high-profile — and occasionally embarrassing — issues that have plagued the league throughout his tenure.
Further, the rapport and support from NBA players that Silver enjoys — and his advocacy for them — stands in stark contrast to the opposition Goodell faces from NFL players.
Silver, for what it’s worth, signed an extension last year that runs through 2023-24 season. Goodell, meanwhile, signed a five-year, $200 million extension with the NFL in 2017.