Adam Silver was unanimously elected NBA Commissioner on Feb. 1, 2014, by the NBA Board of Governors. Silver presides over a league that is a model for international sports marketing, a global leader in social responsibility and one of the largest providers of sports programming in the world with games distributed in 215 countries and territories. In 2016, SportsBusiness Journal ranked Silver No. 1 on its list of the 50 Most Influential People in Sports Business. In 2015, Silver was named to TIME's list of the 100 Most Influential People. Prior to becoming commissioner, Silver served as NBA deputy commissioner and chief operating officer, and president, NBA Entertainment. Silver joined the NBA in 1992. He is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Chicago Law School.