I have a dream job of being the NBA commissioner but I am not sure what I should study in college to help me achieve this goal.
I know this is a goal I will have to work to but I want to know where to start. #NBA
Consider a different dream of being a team owner, so the commissioner works for you!
Paul Goetzinger MPA College Advisor
Past and recent NBA commissioners, like Larry O'Brien, David Stern and Adam Silver came from legal backgrounds. O'brien graduated from the Northeastern University School of Law, Stern graduated from the Columbia University School of law, and Silver received his law degree from the University of Chicago. Law schools are very flexible regarding which majors they will accept. The primarily look at a students academic achievements, LSAT scores, college activities and professional recommendations. Stern worked in a law firm, which was actually involved in cases representing NBA players. So this is where he got much of his experience working within the NBA Players Association. O'brien was the head of the Democratic National Committee and was heavily involved in politics before he became the NBA commissioner. Understanding the NBA, its legal status, and anti-trust laws is mandatory in order to be successful as a commissioner. Stern took a major in History, which enabled him to get a better understanding of government and how it applied to private businesses and individuals. I would recommend looking at majors and courses which are closely associated with the law and business, which could potentially lead to a future career in law and a possible internship with an NBA team or associated law firm. This means focusing in on courses which review elements such as business, political science, history, law (including business law, constitutional law, politics and government classes, and other social science related courses). An academic plan and track, would include classes which emphasize a subjects such as History, Pre-Law, Politics and Government, and Business.
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