The NBA has six years remaining on their $24 billion national television contracts with Disney and Turner. The NBA is also aggressively expanding international and is beginning to earn real revenue overseas, particularly in China.
Silver is bullish on the state of the NBA.
“The sound you hear is me knocking on my wooden table,” Silver said. “It is our job to look around corners, but I think everything is going spectacularly right now.”
In this era of streaming, Silver believes the surge in entertainment options is both a challenge and an opportunity.
“The biggest challenge is also the greatest opportunity, in that people have more choices for entertainment than ever before,” said Silver.
The NBA had its second highest attendance ever this season, but national television ratings were down five percent.