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NBA chief Silver rebuffs NFL approaches: report

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By Agence France-Presse

NBA commissioner Adam Silver has rebuffed overtures from several NFL owners about the possibility of taking over the sport, ESPN reported on Thursday.

According to ESPN, Silver was approached by unnamed team owners in the National Football League in 2017 about potentially replacing commissioner Roger Goodell.

Without commenting directly on the approaches, Silver told ESPN he had not “given any thought” to working elsewhere.

“I feel very fortunate to be in this position,” he told ESPN.

“As a longtime fan, as a longtime league employee, the opportunity to become the commissioner of this league was beyond anything I even ever dreamed of as a kid.

“I’ve loved every day I’ve been in this job, and I think there’s nothing but enormous opportunity ahead for this league.

“And ultimately, I realize I’m just passing through like every player who’s gone through this league and ultimately like every owner, and I feel an enormous obligation to the fans and to this greater NBA family to do my best and try my hardest every day. But that’s where 100 percent of my focus is.”

Silver, 56, took over as NBA commissioner in 2014 and is widely respected throughout the sport, winning various accolades for his stewardship of the league.

NFL counterpart Goodell however has faced regular criticism throughout his reign, with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones reported to be agitating for his replacement in 2017.

Goodell, whose salary has been reported at between $35-40 million per year, signed a five-year contract extension in December 2017.

Silver meanwhile signed a five-year deal with the NBA in June which expires in 2024.