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Maurice Podoloff

Maurice Podoloff (Pro basketball.  Born, Elizabethgrad, Russia, Aug. 18, 1890; died, New Haven, CT, Nov. 24, 1985.)  When the Basketball Association of America was organized in New York June 6, 1946, Maurice Podoloff was elected its first commissioner.  Podoloff was something of a surprise choice to much of the public, since his background was largely […]

Gary Bettman

Gary Bettman (Hockey.  Born, New York, June 2, 1952.)  A graduate of Cornell and N.Y.U. Law School, Gary B. Bettman left Proskauer, Rose, Goetz and Mendelsohn, a New York law firm, to become assistant general counsel of the National Basketball Association in 1981.  Thereafter, Bettman began his rise at the N.B.A. to general counsel, vice […]

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