Former NBA commissioner David Stern dies at 77

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Published: Jan. 1, 2020 at 7:45 PM EST
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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.

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