NBA Won’t Fine Adam Silver for Hanging Out With Agency Head

by September 13, 2011

According to the L, David Stern’s right-hand man Adam Silver did nothing wrong by attending a tennis match with the owner of one of the biggest sports agencies (which reps many NBA players.) From ESPN: “The NBA says its deputy commissioner, Adam Silver, did not violate league rules by attending Thursday’s U.S. Open with Casey Wasserman, owner of the largest agency that represents NBA players. In the months before the NBA locked out its players on July 1, the league sent several memos to its 30 clubs informing them that team owners and employees would be prohibited from speaking with the league’s players or anyone affiliated with them. Rule breakers would be fined as much as $1 million. So the sight of Silver, one of the key figures in the league’s ongoing labor meetings, sitting with Wasserman, head of the Wasserman Media Group, at the Open had some agents and executives crying foul. But league spokesman Mike Bass said any grumblings are off base. ‘Our rules prohibit team personnel from having contact with NBA player agents,’ Bass said. ‘Casey Wasserman is not an NBA player agent and Adam Silver is not a team employee. There are no issues here.’ Wasserman employs Arn Tellem, the league’s foremost agent with 34 players earning a combined salary of more than $150 million annually. Tellem is also at the forefront of the push to get the NBA Players Association to decertify. While many league executives see nothing wrong with Silver and Wasserman associating with one another, some view it as a double standard.”