NBA: there is a concerning chaos for TV rights!

The TV coverage of 15 teams would be at risk

by Lorenzo Ciotti
NBA: there is a concerning chaos for TV rights!
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NBA is in chaos due to live broadcasts. The NBA board is in fact thinking about a sensational ten-year and billionaire renewal with its national reference broadcasters, but the TV rights of the local market are stalled, putting a serious problem in the minds of the NBA.

The TV coverage of 15 teams would be at risk. According to The Athletic reports the latent problem of TV coverage is evident in multiple areas. Diamond Sports Group, which controls 19 Bally Sports-branded regional broadcasters, is undergoing a major reorganization under Chapter 11 under US law.

On the verge of bankruptcy, the network may fail to honor existing contracts with 15 of the thirty NBA teams. The league would be ready to take over, taking on the commitment to ensure continuity. The solution would be streaming for the final consumer, with alternative formulas also for linear channels, which are still being defined.

Adam Silver's career

Before becoming commissioner, Silver served as NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer for eight years. In his role, he was instrumental in many of the NBA's accomplishments, including the last three collective bargaining agreement negotiations with the National Basketball Players Association, the development of the WNBA and the NBA Development League, the partnership with Turner Broadcasting to manage of the NBA's digital assets and the creation of NBA China.

Silver also served as president and chief operating officer of NBA Entertainment for eight years, as well as serving as senior vice president and chief operating officer of NBA Entertainment, NBA chief of staff and special assistant to the commissioner.

While at NBA Entertainment, Silver executive produced the IMAX film Michael Jordan to the Max, as well as the documentary Whatever Happened to Michael Ray?; Furthermore, Silver also worked on the production of Year of the Yao's Like Mikee.

On October 25, 2012 he was appointed as future NBA Commissioner by David Stern, taking the position on February 1, 2014. On April 25, 2014, Silver witnessed one of the NBA's most dramatic moments, when Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was accused of making racist comments during a private conversation with his girlfriend.

It was all brought to light by TMZ Sports, who published the audio of Sterling's call. Silver's response came on April 29, 2014, when he announced that Sterling had been banned from the NBA for life because of his racist comments.

Sterling was also fined $2.5 million, the maximum fine that can be imposed. Silver also stripped Sterling of nearly all of his authority over the Clippers, prompting the owners to vote to expel Sterling from ownership of the Clippers.

To top it off, Sterling was no longer allowed to enter any Clippers facility or attend any NBA games. Silver's choice was one of the harshest penalties a commissioner has ever imposed on a professional team owner. On November 13, 2014, Silver gave an interview to The New York Times where he announced that he supported the controlled legalization of sports betting, saying that betting should be out in the open so that it can be monitored and regulated.