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David Stern, NBA’s commissioner for 30 years, dead at 77

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Posted at 5:28 PM, Jan 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-01 21:10:01-05

David Stern, who spent 30 years as the NBA’s commissioner and oversaw its growth into a global power, has died. He was 77.

The league says Stern died Wednesday after suffering a brain hemorrhage Dec. 12.

Stern had been involved with the NBA for nearly two decades before becoming commissioner in 1984.

By the time he left in 2014, a league that had struggled for a foothold had grown into a more than $5 billion a year industry and become perhaps the world’s most popular sport after soccer.