Report: Adam Silver in mix to replace Bob Iger as Disney CEO

Peter Dewey
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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NBA commissioner Adam Silver reportedly is on a short list of candidates to replace Bob Iger as the CEO of Disney.

Disney reportedly has some internal and external candidates in mind for the position.

Silver, whose current contract runs through 2024, has been the NBA’s commissioner since David Stern stepped down in 2014.

Under Silver’s guidance, the NBA has thrived in recent seasons, and the implementation of the play-in tournament has allowed more teams to stay alive in the playoff picture each season while helping to slow the issue of tanking throughout the league.

Silver joined the NBA in 1992, and in 2006, he became chief operating officer and deputy commissioner under Stern.

During his time as the league’s commissioner, Silver navigated through one of the toughest situations in league history with the COVID-19 pandemic pausing the 2019-20 season.

He eventually was able to get the league to start back up in the Orlando, Fla. bubble, a huge win for the league and its fans during such a tough time in the world.

It’s unclear if Silver would be interested in replacing Iger as the CEO of Disney, but it’s clear that his leadership skills have become coveted in the corporate world. He has done an impressive job of climbing the NBA ranks over the years, and now, basketball fans will certainly be keeping a close eye on what his future holds.

Disney, which owns ESPN, has been a major partner with the NBA in broadcasting games. It will be interesting to see how the league proceeds with Silver’s contract being up in the near future and the Disney job potentially on the table for him.

In the meantime, Silver is surely focused on a very important few months for the NBA, as the playoffs and NBA Finals are getting closer with each passing day.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball, football and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.