David Shoemaker to step down as CEO of NBA China

2017-12-06 03:18:57 GMT2017-12-06 11:18:57(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

BEIJING, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- David Shoemaker will step down asthe CEO of NBA China after the 2017-18 NBA season, announced NBACommissioner Adam Silver on Tuesday.

Shoemaker, 46, who has been in his current role since June 2011,will continue to lead NBA China through the season and will play anactive role in the recruitment of his successor. He intends toreturn home with his wife and young children from Beijing to theUnited States.

"Under David's leadership, our game and business in China haveseen unprecedented popularity and growth," said Silver. "We aregrateful for David's contributions during his tenure as CEO and arefortunate that he'll be with us through the season to assist withthe transition," he continued.

Silver also says that Shoemaker's tenure has witnessed explosivegrowth for the NBA in the Chinese market.

"I am very proud to see how much the NBA has grown in China overthe last seven years," Shoemaker said. "From expanding thebroadcast of our games to establishing elite NBA academies as wellas landmark partnerships in both the private and public sectors -there is so much energy and momentum around the league's businessand the game of basketball in China. It's been incredible to bepart of it."

During Shoemaker's tenure, the NBA has become the most popularsports league in China. He played a pivotal role in many leagueaccomplishments, including the expanded partnerships with ChinaCentral Television (CCTV), Shanghai Media Group/BesTV, LeSportsHong Kong, Sina Weibo, and the five-year expansion of the Tencentpartnership, which is the league's largest international digitalpartnership.

Additionally, he was instrumental in bringing the ChineseMinistry of Education on as a strategic partner to teach basketballto millions of schoolchildren, launching NBA Academies in China todevelop top prospects, and creating and developing the world'sfirst NBA Playzone, a basketball-themed entertainment center.

Shoemaker was also responsible for continuing to bring the liveNBA experience to fans in China with the NBA China Games. Duringhis tenure, the league played 13 sell-out games in China, includingthe first-ever games in Shenzhen in 2015 and 2017.