David Stern, NBA’s commissioner for 30 years, dies at 77

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The league says Stern died Wednesday after suffering a brain hemorrhage Dec. 12

NBA Commissioner David Stern listens during a news conference following NBA labor talks meeting between basketball players and owners in New York.

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NEW YORK (AP) – David Stern, who spent 30 years as the NBA’s longest-serving commissioner and oversaw its growth into a global power, has died at age 77.

The league says Stern died Wednesday after suffering a brain hemorrhage Dec. 12.

Stern had been involved with the NBA for nearly two decades before becoming commissioner in 1984.

By the time he left, a league that had struggled for a foothold had grown into a more than $5 billion a year industry and become perhaps the world’s most popular sport after soccer.

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