Adam Silver attempted to broach a compromise between James Dolan and Steve Ballmer on their battle over competing arena projects in Inglewood, California.
Madison Square Garden runs The Forum in Inglewood, which was recently refurbished and hosts concerts.
Inglewood, however, has worked on building a new arena with Ballmer and the Los Angeles Clippers approximately one mile away from The Forum.
Silver publicly supported the efforts to build a new arena and proposed a compromise that included The Forum receiving a fee for any concerts booked at the new arena.
“It didn’t happen. I don’t know why it didn’t happen,” Dolan said. “I think it may have something to do with everybody wanting to bring their lawyers, which was seen as unproductive.
“That was the end of the matter. But, in any case, a proposal made to us on this basis would not be acceptable in terms of the problem we have with the new Clippers arena.”