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NBA appoints Mark Tatum deputy commissioner

<p>The NBA has named Mark Tatum as its next deputy commissioner and chief operating officer.</p>

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The NBA has named Mark Tatum as its next deputy commissioner and chief operating officer.

Tatum will take over the role on Feb. 1, when Adam Silver moves out of that position to officially succeed the retiring David Stern as NBA commissioner.

"Mark Tatum's appointment as NBA deputy commissioner is recognition of the confidence our owners and teams have in his leadership ability and track record of success," said Silver in a statement Thursday. "As deputy commissioner and COO, Mark will use his extensive industry relationships and knowledge of our game to help guide and grow our league."

Tatum, who first joined the NBA in 1999, had most recently served as the NBA's executive vice president for global marketing and was responsible for managing the league's media sales, including those of NBA TV and NBA.com. He also led the sales relationships with the league's television partners.

Stern will retire on Saturday, exactly 30 years after he took over stewardship of the league and began one of the most accomplished leadership tenures in sports history.

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