When Stern took over, werent the NBA finals broadcast on tape delay?
Look where the NBA is now. GOAT american professional sports commissioner?
Stern took over in 1984. By that time, the Finals weren't on tape delay.
Honestly, I've been watching the NBA since about 1985, and I can say I've never really liked Stern. He gets too much credit for the League's success. Hell, how hard is it to market stars like MJ, Magic, Bird and Barkley?
He also saved the NBA from dying, took it from an afterthought to the clear #2 sport in the country, made it international which has completely changed the way games are now played, and turned it into a star's game, which for better or worse has greatly increased the image of the sport.
Nevermind what he did for the players and franchises regarding money and what not.