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Countries with the Most FIBA Basketball World Cup Titles and Appearances

The United States Wins Its Fifth FIBA Basketball World Cup In 2014

The United States Wins Its Fifth FIBA Basketball World Cup In 2014

The USA wins again! – but probably not as often as you’d expect over time. The Americans do have the most (newly-named) FIBA Basketball World Cup titles.  It was called the FIBA World Championship until the last go-round in 2010, which the States also won.

But the U.S. didn’t win as recently as 1998 (Serbia, no NBA players), 2002 (Serbia) or even 2006 (Spain!).

Hard to believe looking at this year’s domination, but there is competition out there, or at least has been until very, very recently recently.

The first World Championship was held in 1950, and won by Argentina. NBA players were not eligible until 1994.

The USSR and Yugoslavia have won three championships apiece, but if you include Serbia’s under the Yugoslavian umbrella, that would be five, tying the U.S.

In a second list below, find every single country that has participated in the FIBA Basketball World Cup. There are 56 of them, sorted by those with the most appearances.

2014 participants are noted in green bold.

MOST FIBA WORLD CUP TITLES

  COUNTRY FIBA BASKETBALL WORLD CUP TITLES YEARS
1. USA 5 1954, 1986, 1994, 2010, 2014
2. Soviet Union 3 1967, 1974, 1982
2. Yugoslavia 3 1970, 1978, 1990
4. Brazil 2 1959, 1963
4. Serbia 2 1998, 2002
6. Argentina 1 1950
6. Spain 1 2006

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MOST FIBA WORLD CUP APPEARANCES

  COUNTRY FIBA BASKETBALL WORLD CUP APPEARANCES YEARS
1. Brazil 17 All Years
1. United States 17 All Years
3. Argentina 13 1950, 1959, 1963, 1967, 1974, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
3. Canada 13 1954, 1959, 1963, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2010
3. Puerto Rico 13 1959, 1963, 1967, 1974, 1978, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
6. Australia 11 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2006, 2010, 2014
6. Spain 11 1950, 1974, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
8. Yugoslavia 10 1950, 1954, 1963, 1967, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990
9. Soviet Union 9 1959, 1963, 1967, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990
10. China 8 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 2002, 2006, 2010
10. Italy 8 1963, 1967, 1970, 1978, 1986, 1990, 1998, 2006
12. Angola 7 1986, 1990, 1994, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
12. France 7 1950, 1954, 1963, 1986, 2006, 2010, 2014
12. Greece 7 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2006, 2010, 2014
12. South Korea 7 1970, 1978, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2014
12. Uruguay 7 1954, 1959, 1963, 1967, 1970, 1982, 1986
17. Egypt 6 1950, 1959, 1970, 1990, 1994, 2014
18. Germany 5 1986, 1994, 2002, 2006, 2010
18. Mexico 5 1959, 1963, 1967, 1974, 2014
18. New Zealand 5 1986, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
18. Phillipines 5 1954, 1959, 1974, 1978, 2014
18. Serbia 5 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
23. Cuba 4 1970, 1974, 1986, 1994
23. Czechoslovakia 4 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982
23. Japan 4 1963, 1967, 1998, 2006
23. Lithuania 4 1998, 2006, 2010, 2014
23. Panama 4 1970, 1982, 1986, 2006
23. Peru 4 1950, 1954, 1963, 1967
23. Russia 4 1994, 1998, 2002, 2010
23. Senegal 4 1978, 1998, 2006, 2014
23. Turkey 4 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
32. Chile 3 1950, 1954, 1959
32. Ivory Coast 3 1982, 1986, 2010
32. Croatia 3 1994, 2010, 2014
32. Lebanon 3 2002, 2006, 2010
32. Slovenia 3 2006, 2010, 2014
32. Venezuela 3 1990, 2002, 2006
38. Taiwan (Chinese Taipei) 2 1954, 1959
38. Dominican Republic 2 1978, 2014
38. Iran 2 2010, 2014
38. Israel 2 1954, 1986
38. Nigeria 2 1998, 2006
38. Paraguay 2 1954, 1967
44. Algeria 1 2002
44. Bulgaria 1 1959
44. Central African Republic 1 1974
44. Colombia 1 1982
44. Ecuador 1 1950
44. Finland 1 2014
44. Jordan 1 2010
44. Malaysia 1 1986
44. Netherlands 1 1986
44. Poland 1 1967
44. Qatar 1 2006
44. Tunisia 1 2010
44. Ukraine 1 2014

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The Changing Face of the National Basketball Association: How the League Has Looked from 1946-47 to Today

 1946-47 (BAA)

The original 11 BAA Teams. Only the Celtics, Knicks and Warriors remain today.

EASTERN DIVISION WESTERN DIVISION
Boston Celtics Chicago Stags
New York Knicks Cleveland Rebels
Philadelphia Warriors Detroit Falcons
Providence Steam Rollers Pittsburgh Ironmen
Toronto Huskies St. Louis Bombers
Washington Capitols

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1947-48 (BAA)

6 Changes.

1. E: Toronto Huskies fold.

2. W: Pittsburgh Ironmen fold.

3. W: Detroit Falcons fold.

4. W: Cleveland Rebels fold.

5. W: New team, the Baltimore Bullets (I), joins the BAA.

6. E and W: Washington Capitols move to the Western Division.

EASTERN DIVISION WESTERN DIVISION
Boston Celtics Baltimore Bullets (I)
New York Knicks Chicago Stags
Philadelphia Warriors St. Louis Bombers
Providence Steam Rollers Washington Capitols

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1948-49 (BAA)

6 Changes.

1. W: New team, the Rochester Royals, joins the BAA.

2. W: New team, the Minneapolis Lakers, joins the BAA.

3. W: New team, the Fort Wayne Pistons, joins the BAA.

4. W: New team, the Indianapolis Jets, joins the BAA.

5. E and W: Baltimore Bullets (I) move to the Eastern Division.

6. E and W: Washington Capitols move back to the Eastern Division.

EASTERN DIVISION WESTERN DIVISION
Baltimore Bullets (I) Chicago Stags
Boston Celtics Fort Wayne Pistons
New York Knicks Indianapolis Jets
Philadelphia Warriors Minneapolis Lakers
Providence Steam Rollers Rochester Royals
Washington Capitols St. Louis Bombers

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1949-50 (NBA)

First season of the NBA. The original 17 teams, 8 of which remain today: Celtics, Knicks, Warriors, Nationals (76ers), Pistons, Lakers, Royals (Kings) and Blackhawks (Hawks).

11 Changes

1. Central Division created.

2. E: Providence Steam Rollers fold.

3. W: Indianapolis Jets fold.

4. C and W: Chicago Stags, Fort Wayne Pistons, Minneapolis Lakers, Rochester Royals and St. Louis Bombers move to the Central Division.

5. E: New team, the Syracuse Nationals, joins the NBA.

6. W: New team, the Indianapolis Olympians, joins the NBA.

7. W: New team, the Anderson Packers, joins the NBA.

8. W: New team, the Tri-Cities Blackhawks, joins the NBA.

9. W: New team, the Sheboygan Red Skins, joins the NBA.

10. W: New team, the Waterloo Hawks, joins the NBA.

11. W: New team, the Denver Nuggets (I), joins the NBA.

EASTERN DIVISION CENTRAL DIVISION WESTERN DIVISION
Baltimore Bullets (I) Chicago Stags Indianapolis Olympians
Boston Celtics Fort Wayne Pistons Anderson Packers
New York Knicks Minneapolis Lakers Tri-Cities Blackhawks
Philadelphia Warriors Rochester Royals Sheboygan Red Skins
Syracuse Nationals St. Louis Bombers Waterloo Hawks
Washington Capitols Denver Nuggets (I)

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1950-51

8 Changes.

1. Central Division dissolved.

2. C: Chicago Stags fold.

3. C: St. Louis Bombers fold.

4. W: Anderson Packers fold.

5. W: Sheboygan Red Skins fold.

6. W: Waterloo Hawks fold.

7. W: Denver Nuggets (I) fold.

8. W: Fort Wayne Pistons, Minneapolis Lakers and Rochester Royals rejoin the Western Division (from the dissolved Central Division).

EASTERN DIVISION WESTERN DIVISION
Baltimore Bullets (I) Fort Wayne Pistons
Boston Celtics Indianapolis Olympians
New York Knicks Minneapolis Lakers
Philadelphia Warriors Rochester Royals
Syracuse Nationals Tri-Cities Blackhawks
Washington Capitols

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1951-52 (through 1952-53)

2 Changes.

1. E: Washington Capitols fold.

2. W: Tri-Cities Blackhawks move to Milwaukee and change their name to the Milwaukee Hawks.

EASTERN DIVISION WESTERN DIVISION
Baltimore Bullets (I) Fort Wayne Pistons
Boston Celtics Indianapolis Olympians
New York Knicks Milwaukee Hawks
Philadelphia Warriors Minneapolis Lakers
Syracuse Nationals Rochester Royals

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1953-54 (through 1954-55)

1 Change.

1. W: Indianapolis Olympians fold.

EASTERN DIVISION WESTERN DIVISION
Baltimore Bullets (I) Fort Wayne Pistons
Boston Celtics Milwaukee Hawks
New York Knicks Minneapolis Lakers
Philadelphia Warriors Rochester Royals
Syracuse Nationals

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1955-56 (through 1956-57)

2 Changes.

1. E: Baltimore Bullets (I) fold.

2. W: Milwauke Hawks move to St. Louis (St. Louis Hawks).

EASTERN DIVISION WESTERN DIVISION
Boston Celtics Fort Wayne Pistons
New York Knicks Minneapolis Lakers
Philadelphia Warriors Rochester Royals
Syracuse Nationals St. Louis Hawks

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1957-58 (through 1959-60)

2 Changes.

1. W: Fort Wayne Pistons move to Detroit (Detroit Pistons).

2. W: Rochester Royals mover to Cincinnati (Cincinnati Royals).

EASTERN DIVISION WESTERN DIVISION
Boston Celtics Cincinnati Royals
New York Knicks Detroit Pistons
Philadelphia Warriors Minneapolis Lakers
Syracuse Nationals St. Louis Hawks

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1960-61

1 Change.

1. W: Minneapolis Lakers move to Los Angeles (Los Angeles Lakers).

EASTERN DIVISION WESTERN DIVISION
Boston Celtics Cincinnati Royals
New York Knicks Detroit Pistons
Philadelphia Warriors Los Angeles Lakers
Syracuse Nationals St. Louis Hawks

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1961-62

1 Change.

1. W: New team, the Chicago Packers, joins the NBA.

EASTERN DIVISION WESTERN DIVISION
Boston Celtics Chicago Packers
New York Knicks Cincinnati Royals
Philadelphia Warriors Detroit Pistons
Syracuse Nationals Los Angeles Lakers
St. Louis Hawks

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1962-63

3 Changes.

1. E and W: Cincinnati Royals move to the Eastern Division.

2. E and W: Philadelphia Warriors move to San Francisco and the Western Division (San Francisco Warriors).

3. W: Chicago Packers change their name to the Chicago Zephyrs.

EASTERN DIVISION WESTERN DIVISION
Boston Celtics Chicago Zephyrs
Cincinnati Royals Detroit Pistons
New York Knicks Los Angeles Lakers
Syracuse Nationals San Francisco Warriors
St. Louis Hawks

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1963-64 (through 1965-66)

2 Changes.

1. E: Syracuse Nationals move to Philadelphia and change their name to the Philadelphia 76ers.

2. W: Chicago Zephyrs move to Baltimore and change their name to the Baltimore Bullets (II).

EASTERN DIVISION WESTERN DIVISION
Boston Celtics Baltimore Bullets (II)
Cincinnati Royals Detroit Pistons
New York Knicks Los Angeles Lakers
Philadelphia 76ers San Francisco Warriors
St. Louis Hawks

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1966-67

2 Changes.

1. E and W: Baltimore Bullets (II) move to Eastern Division.

2. W: New team, the Chicago Bulls, joins the NBA.

EASTERN DIVISION WESTERN DIVISION
Baltimore Bullets (II) Chicago Bulls
Boston Celtics Detroit Pistons
Cincinnati Royals Los Angeles Lakers
New York Knicks San Francisco Warriors
Philadelphia 76ers St. Louis Hawks

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1967-68

3 Changes.

1. E and W: Detroit Pistons move to Eastern Division.

2. W: New team, the San Diego Rockets, joins the NBA.

3. W: New team, the Seattle SuperSonics, joins the NBA.

EASTERN DIVISION WESTERN DIVISION
Baltimore Bullets (II) Chicago Bulls
Boston Celtics Los Angeles Lakers
Cincinnati Royals San Diego Rockets
Detroit Pistons San Francisco Warriors
New York Knicks Seattle SuperSonics
Philadelphia 76ers St. Louis Hawks

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1968-69 (through 1969-70)

3 Changes.

1. E: New team, the Milwaukee Bucks, joins the NBA.

2. W: St. Louis Hawks move to Atlanta (Atlanta Hawks).

3. W: New team, the Phoenix Suns, joins the NBA.

EASTERN DIVISION WESTERN DIVISION
Baltimore Bullets (II) Atlanta Hawks
Boston Celtics Chicago Bulls
Cincinnati Royals Los Angeles Lakers
Detroit Pistons Phoenix Suns
Milwaukee Bucks San Diego Rockets
New York Knicks San Francisco Warriors
Philadelphia 76ers Seattle SuperSonics

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1970-71

7 Changes.

1. NBA divided into Eastern and Western Conferences with two divisions apiece (E: Atlantic and Central; W: Midwest and Pacific).

2. E: New team, the Buffalo Braves, joins the NBA.

3. E and W: Atlanta Hawks move to the Eastern Conference.

4. E: New team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, joins the NBA.

5. E and W: Milwaukee Bucks move to the Western Conference.

6. E and W: Detroit Pistons move back to the Western Conference.

7. W: New team, the Portland Trail Blazers, joins the NBA.

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Chicago Bulls
Buffalo Braves Detroit Pistons
New York Knicks Milwaukee Bucks
Philadelphia 76ers Phoenix Suns
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Los Angeles Lakers
Baltimore Bullets (II) Portland Trail Blazers
Cincinnati Royals San Diego Rockets
Cleveland Cavaliers San Francisco Warriors
Seattle SuperSonics

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1971-72

2 Changes.

1. W: San Francisco Warriors change their name to the Golden State Warriors.

2. W: San Diego Rockets move to Houston (Houston Rockets).

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Chicago Bulls
Buffalo Braves Detroit Pistons
New York Knicks Milwaukee Bucks
Philadelphia 76ers Phoenix Suns
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Golden State Warriors
Baltimore Bullets (II) Houston Rockets
Cincinnati Royals Los Angeles Lakers
Cleveland Cavaliers Portland Trail Blazers
Seattle SuperSonics

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1972-73

3 Changes.

1. E and W: Houston Rockets move to the Eastern Conference.

2. E and W: Phoenix Suns move to the Western Conference’s Pacific Division (from the Midwest Division).

3. E and W: Cincinnati Royals move to Kansas City and Omaha and the Western Conference and change their name to the Kansas City-Omaha Kings.

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Chicago Bulls
Buffalo Braves Detroit Pistons
New York Knicks Kansas City-Omaha Kings
Philadelphia 76ers Milwaukee Bucks
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Golden State Warriors
Baltimore Bullets (II) Los Angeles Lakers
Cleveland Cavaliers Phoenix Suns
Houston Rockets Portland Trail Blazers
Seattle SuperSonics

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1973-74

1 Change.

1. E: Baltimore Bullets (II) change their name to the Capital Bullets.

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Chicago Bulls
Buffalo Braves Detroit Pistons
New York Knicks Kansas City-Omaha Kings
Philadelphia 76ers Milwaukee Bucks
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Golden State Warriors
Capital Bullets Los Angeles Lakers
Cleveland Cavaliers Phoenix Suns
Houston Rockets Portland Trail Blazers
Seattle SuperSonics

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1974-75

2 Changes.

1. E: Capital Bullets change their name to the Washington Bullets.

2. E: New team, the New Orleans Jazz, joins the NBA.

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Chicago Bulls
Buffalo Braves Detroit Pistons
New York Knicks Kansas City-Omaha Kings
Philadelphia 76ers Milwaukee Bucks
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Golden State Warriors
Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Lakers
Houston Rockets Phoenix Suns
New Orleans Jazz Portland Trail Blazers
Washington Bullets Seattle SuperSonics

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1975-76

1 Change.

1. W: Kansas City-Omaha Kings no longer play in Omaha (Kansas City Kings).

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Chicago Bulls
Buffalo Braves Detroit Pistons
New York Knicks Kansas City Kings
Philadelphia 76ers Milwaukee Bucks
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Golden State Warriors
Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Lakers
Houston Rockets Phoenix Suns
New Orleans Jazz Portland Trail Blazers
Washington Bullets Seattle SuperSonics

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1976-77

NBA-ABA Merger.

4 Changes.

1. E: New team, the New York Nets, joins the NBA (from ABA).

2. E: New team, the San Antonio Spurs, joins the NBA (from ABA).

3. W: New team, the Denver Nuggets, joins the NBA (from ABA).

4. W: New team, the Indiana Pacers, joins the NBA (from ABA).

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Chicago Bulls
Buffalo Braves Denver Nuggets
New York Knicks Detroit Pistons
New York Nets Indiana Pacers
Philadelphia 76ers Kansas City Kings
CENTRAL DIVISION Milwaukee Bucks
Atlanta Hawks PACIFIC DIVISION
Cleveland Cavaliers Golden State Warriors
Houston Rockets Los Angeles Lakers
New Orleans Jazz Phoenix Suns
San Antonio Spurs Portland Trail Blazers
Washington Bullets Seattle SuperSonics

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1977-78

1 Change.

1. E: New York Nets move to New Jersey (New Jersey Nets).

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Chicago Bulls
Buffalo Braves Denver Nuggets
New Jersey Nets Detroit Pistons
New York Knicks Indiana Pacers
Philadelphia 76ers Kansas City Kings
CENTRAL DIVISION Milwaukee Bucks
Atlanta Hawks PACIFIC DIVISION
Cleveland Cavaliers Golden State Warriors
Houston Rockets Los Angeles Lakers
New Orleans Jazz Phoenix Suns
San Antonio Spurs Portland Trail Blazers
Washington Bullets Seattle SuperSonics

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1978-79

3 Changes.

1. E: Washington Bullets move from Central Division to Atlantic Division.

2. E and W: Detroit Pistons move back to the Eastern Conference.

3. E and W: Buffalo Braves move to San Diego and the Western Conference and change their name to the San Diego Clippers.

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Chicago Bulls
New Jersey Nets Denver Nuggets
New York Knicks Indiana Pacers
Philadelphia 76ers Kansas City Kings
Washington Bullets Milwaukee Bucks
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Golden State Warriors
Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Lakers
Detroit Pistons Phoenix Suns
Houston Rockets Portland Trail Blazers
New Orleans Jazz San Diego Clippers
San Antonio Spurs Seattle SuperSonics

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1979-80

2 Changes.

1. E and W: Indiana Pacers move to the Eastern Conference.

2. E and W: New Orleans Jazz move to Utah and the Western Conference (Utah Jazz).

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Chicago Bulls
New Jersey Nets Denver Nuggets
New York Knicks Kansas City Kings
Philadelphia 76ers Milwaukee Bucks
Washington Bullets Utah Jazz
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Golden State Warriors
Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Lakers
Detroit Pistons Phoenix Suns
Houston Rockets Portland Trail Blazers
Indiana Pacers San Diego Clippers
San Antonio Spurs Seattle SuperSonics

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1980-81 (through 1983-84)

5 Changes.

1. E and W: Chicago Bulls move to the Eastern Conference.

2. E and W: Milwaukee Bucks move to the Eastern Conference.

3. E and W: Houston Rockets move to the Western Conference.

4. E and W: San Antonio Spurs move to the Western Conference.

5. W: New team, the Dallas Mavericks, joins the NBA.

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Dallas Mavericks
New Jersey Nets Denver Nuggets
New York Knicks Houston Rockets
Philadelphia 76ers Kansas City Kings
Washington Bullets San Antonio Spurs
CENTRAL DIVISION Utah Jazz
Atlanta Hawks PACIFIC DIVISION
Chicago Bulls Golden State Warriors
Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Lakers
Detroit Pistons Phoenix Suns
Indiana Pacers Portland Trail Blazers
Milwaukee Bucks San Diego Clippers
Seattle SuperSonics

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1984-85

1 Change.

1. W: San Diego Clippers move to Los Angeles (Los Angeles Clippers).

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Dallas Mavericks
New Jersey Nets Denver Nuggets
New York Knicks Houston Rockets
Philadelphia 76ers Kansas City Kings
Washington Bullets San Antonio Spurs
CENTRAL DIVISION Utah Jazz
Atlanta Hawks PACIFIC DIVISION
Chicago Bulls Golden State Warriors
Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Clippers
Detroit Pistons Los Angeles Lakers
Indiana Pacers Phoenix Suns
Milwaukee Bucks Portland Trail Blazers
Seattle SuperSonics

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1985-86 (through 1987-88)

1 Change.

1. Kansas City Kings move to Sacramento (Sacramento Kings).

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Dallas Mavericks
New Jersey Nets Denver Nuggets
New York Knicks Houston Rockets
Philadelphia 76ers Sacramento Kings
Washington Bullets San Antonio Spurs
CENTRAL DIVISION Utah Jazz
Atlanta Hawks PACIFIC DIVISION
Chicago Bulls Golden State Warriors
Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Clippers
Detroit Pistons Los Angeles Lakers
Indiana Pacers Phoenix Suns
Milwaukee Bucks Portland Trail Blazers
Seattle SuperSonics

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1988-89

3 Changes.

1. E: New team, the Charlotte Hornets, joins the NBA.

2. W: New team, the Miami Heat, joins the NBA.

3. W: Sacramento Kings move from Midwest Division to Pacific Division.

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Dallas Mavericks
Charlotte Hornets Denver Nuggets
New Jersey Nets Houston Rockets
New York Knicks Miami Heat
Philadelphia 76ers San Antonio Spurs
Washington Bullets Utah Jazz
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Golden State Warriors
Chicago Bulls Los Angeles Clippers
Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Lakers
Detroit Pistons Phoenix Suns
Indiana Pacers Portland Trail Blazers
Milwaukee Bucks Sacramento Kings
Seattle SuperSonics

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1989-90

4 Changes.

1. E and W: Miami Heat move to the Eastern Conference.

2. E and W: Charlotte Hornets move to the Western Conference.

3. E: New team, the Orlando Magic, joins the NBA.

4. W: New team, the Minnesota Timberwolves, joins the NBA.

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Charlotte Hornets
Miami Heat Dallas Mavericks
New Jersey Nets Denver Nuggets
New York Knicks Houston Rockets
Philadelphia 76ers Minnesota Timberwolves
Washington Bullets San Antonio Spurs
CENTRAL DIVISION Utah Jazz
Atlanta Hawks PACIFIC DIVISION
Chicago Bulls Golden State Warriors
Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Clippers
Detroit Pistons Los Angeles Lakers
Indiana Pacers Phoenix Suns
Milwaukee Bucks Portland Trail Blazers
Orlando Magic Sacramento Kings
Seattle SuperSonics

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1990-91

2 Changes.

1. E and W: Charlotte Hornets move back to the Eastern Conference.

2. E and W: Orlando Magic move to the Western Conference.

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Dallas Mavericks
Miami Heat Denver Nuggets
New Jersey Nets Houston Rockets
New York Knicks Minnesota Timberwolves
Philadelphia 76ers Orlando Magic
Washington Bullets San Antonio Spurs
CENTRAL DIVISION Utah Jazz
Atlanta Hawks PACIFIC DIVISION
Chicago Bulls Golden State Warriors
Charlotte Hornets Los Angeles Clippers
Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Lakers
Detroit Pistons Phoenix Suns
Indiana Pacers Portland Trail Blazers
Milwaukee Bucks Sacramento Kings
Seattle SuperSonics

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1991-92 (through 1994-95)

1 Change.

1. Orlando Magic move back to the Eastern Conference.

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Dallas Mavericks
Miami Heat Denver Nuggets
New Jersey Nets Houston Rockets
New York Knicks Minnesota Timberwolves
Orlando Magic San Antonio Spurs
Philadelphia 76ers Utah Jazz
Washington Bullets
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Golden State Warriors
Chicago Bulls Los Angeles Clippers
Charlotte Hornets Los Angeles Lakers
Cleveland Cavaliers Phoenix Suns
Detroit Pistons Portland Trail Blazers
Indiana Pacers Sacramento Kings
Milwaukee Bucks Seattle SuperSonics

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1995-96 (through 1996-97)

2 Changes.

1. E: New team, the Toronto Raptors, joins the NBA.

2. W: New team, the Vancouver Grizzlies, joins the NBA.

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Dallas Mavericks
Miami Heat Denver Nuggets
New Jersey Nets Houston Rockets
New York Knicks Minnesota Timberwolves
Orlando Magic San Antonio Spurs
Philadelphia 76ers Utah Jazz
Washington Bullets Vancouver Grizzlies
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Golden State Warriors
Chicago Bulls Los Angeles Clippers
Charlotte Hornets Los Angeles Lakers
Cleveland Cavaliers Phoenix Suns
Detroit Pistons Portland Trail Blazers
Indiana Pacers Sacramento Kings
Milwaukee Bucks Seattle SuperSonics
Toronto Raptors

*

1997-98 (through 2000-01)

1 Change.

1. E: Washington Bullets change their name to the Washington Wizards.

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Dallas Mavericks
Miami Heat Denver Nuggets
New Jersey Nets Houston Rockets
New York Knicks Minnesota Timberwolves
Orlando Magic San Antonio Spurs
Philadelphia 76ers Utah Jazz
Washington Wizards Vancouver Grizzlies
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Golden State Warriors
Chicago Bulls Los Angeles Clippers
Charlotte Hornets Los Angeles Lakers
Cleveland Cavaliers Phoenix Suns
Detroit Pistons Portland Trail Blazers
Indiana Pacers Sacramento Kings
Milwaukee Bucks Seattle SuperSonics
Toronto Raptors

*

2001-02

1 Change.

1. W: Vancouver Grizzlies move to Memphis (Memphis Grizzlies).

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Dallas Mavericks
Miami Heat Denver Nuggets
New Jersey Nets Houston Rockets
New York Knicks Memphis Grizzlies
Orlando Magic Minnesota Timberwolves
Philadelphia 76ers San Antonio Spurs
Washington Wizards Utah Jazz
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Golden State Warriors
Chicago Bulls Los Angeles Clippers
Charlotte Hornets Los Angeles Lakers
Cleveland Cavaliers Phoenix Suns
Detroit Pistons Portland Trail Blazers
Indiana Pacers Sacramento Kings
Milwaukee Bucks Seattle SuperSonics
Toronto Raptors

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2002-03 (through 2003-04)

1 Change.

1. E: Charlotte Hornets move to New Orleans (New Orleans Hornets).

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Dallas Mavericks
Miami Heat Denver Nuggets
New Jersey Nets Houston Rockets
New York Knicks Memphis Grizzlies
Orlando Magic Minnesota Timberwolves
Philadelphia 76ers San Antonio Spurs
Washington Wizards Utah Jazz
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Golden State Warriors
Chicago Bulls Los Angeles Clippers
Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Lakers
Detroit Pistons Phoenix Suns
Indiana Pacers Portland Trail Blazers
Milwaukee Bucks Sacramento Kings
New Orleans Hornets Seattle SuperSonics
Toronto Raptors

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2004-05

7 Changes.

1. E and W: Eastern and Western Conferences divided into three divisions apiece (E: Atlantic, Central, Southeast; W: Northwest, Pacific, Southeast).

2. E: New team, the Charlotte Bobcats, joins the NBA.

3. E: Toronto Raptors move to the Atlantic Division.

4. E: Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards move to the Southeast Division.

5. W: Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle SuperSonics and Utah Jazz move to the Northwest Division.

6. E and W: New Orleans Hornets move to Western Conference.

7. W: Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs move to Southwest Division.

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION NORTHWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Denver Nuggets
New Jersey Nets Minnesota Timberwolves
New York Knicks Portland Trail Blazers
Philadelphia 76ers Seattle SuperSonics
Toronto Raptors Utah Jazz
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Chicago Bulls Golden State Warriors
Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Clippers
Detroit Pistons Los Angeles Lakers
Indiana Pacers Phoenix Suns
Milwaukee Bucks Sacramento Kings
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Dallas Mavericks
Charlotte Bobcats Houston Rockets
Miami Heat Memphis Grizzlies
Orlando Magic New Orleans Hornets
Washington Wizards San Antonio Spurs

*

2005-06 (through 2006-07)

1 Change.

1. W: New Orleans Hornets play part of schedule in Oklahoma City (New Orleans-Oklahoma City Hornets).

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION NORTHWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Denver Nuggets
New Jersey Nets Minnesota Timberwolves
New York Knicks Portland Trail Blazers
Philadelphia 76ers Seattle SuperSonics
Toronto Raptors Utah Jazz
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Chicago Bulls Golden State Warriors
Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Clippers
Detroit Pistons Los Angeles Lakers
Indiana Pacers Phoenix Suns
Milwaukee Bucks Sacramento Kings
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Dallas Mavericks
Charlotte Bobcats Houston Rockets
Miami Heat Memphis Grizzlies
Orlando Magic New Orleans-Oklahoma City Hornets
Washington Wizards San Antonio Spurs

*

2007-08

1 Change.

1. W: New Orleans-Oklahoma City Hornets cease playing in Oklahoma City (New Orleans Hornets).

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION NORTHWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Denver Nuggets
New Jersey Nets Minnesota Timberwolves
New York Knicks Portland Trail Blazers
Philadelphia 76ers Seattle SuperSonics
Toronto Raptors Utah Jazz
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Chicago Bulls Golden State Warriors
Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Clippers
Detroit Pistons Los Angeles Lakers
Indiana Pacers Phoenix Suns
Milwaukee Bucks Sacramento Kings
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Dallas Mavericks
Charlotte Bobcats Houston Rockets
Miami Heat Memphis Grizzlies
Orlando Magic New Orleans Hornets
Washington Wizards San Antonio Spurs

*

2008-09 (through 2011-12)

1 Change.

1. W: Seattle SuperSonics move to Oklahoma City and change their name to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION NORTHWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Denver Nuggets
New Jersey Nets Minnesota Timberwolves
New York Knicks Oklahoma City Thunder
Philadelphia 76ers Portland Trail Blazers
Toronto Raptors Utah Jazz
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Chicago Bulls Golden State Warriors
Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Clippers
Detroit Pistons Los Angeles Lakers
Indiana Pacers Phoenix Suns
Milwaukee Bucks Sacramento Kings
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Dallas Mavericks
Charlotte Bobcats Houston Rockets
Miami Heat Memphis Grizzlies
Orlando Magic New Orleans Hornets
Washington Wizards San Antonio Spurs

*

2012-13

1 Change.

1. E: New Jersey Nets move to Brooklyn (Brooklyn Nets).

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION NORTHWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Denver Nuggets
Brooklyn Nets Minnesota Timberwolves
New York Knicks Oklahoma City Thunder
Philadelphia 76ers Portland Trail Blazers
Toronto Raptors Utah Jazz
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Chicago Bulls Golden State Warriors
Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Clippers
Detroit Pistons Los Angeles Lakers
Indiana Pacers Phoenix Suns
Milwaukee Bucks Sacramento Kings
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Dallas Mavericks
Charlotte Bobcats Houston Rockets
Miami Heat Memphis Grizzlies
Orlando Magic New Orleans Hornets
Washington Wizards San Antonio Spurs

*

2013-14

1 Change.

1. New Orleans Hornets change their name to the New Orleans Pelicans.

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION NORTHWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Denver Nuggets
Brooklyn Nets Minnesota Timberwolves
New York Knicks Oklahoma City Thunder
Philadelphia 76ers Portland Trail Blazers
Toronto Raptors Utah Jazz
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Chicago Bulls Golden State Warriors
Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Clippers
Detroit Pistons Los Angeles Lakers
Indiana Pacers Phoenix Suns
Milwaukee Bucks Sacramento Kings
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Dallas Mavericks
Charlotte Bobcats Houston Rockets
Miami Heat Memphis Grizzlies
Orlando Magic New Orleans Pelicans
Washington Wizards San Antonio Spurs

*

2014-15 (through ?)

1 Change.

1. Charlotte Bobcats change their name to the Charlotte Hornets (II).

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION NORTHWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Denver Nuggets
Brooklyn Nets Minnesota Timberwolves
New York Knicks Oklahoma City Thunder
Philadelphia 76ers Portland Trail Blazers
Toronto Raptors Utah Jazz
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Chicago Bulls Golden State Warriors
Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Clippers
Detroit Pistons Los Angeles Lakers
Indiana Pacers Phoenix Suns
Milwaukee Bucks Sacramento Kings
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Dallas Mavericks
Charlotte Hornets Houston Rockets
Miami Heat Memphis Grizzlies
Orlando Magic New Orleans Pelicans
Washington Wizards San Antonio Spurs

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The Longest Serving Baseball (MLB), Football (NFL), Basketball (NBA) and Hockey (NHL) Commissioners

So, after all of these years – and long ones with a lot of baseball change and controversy (steroids, broken records, interleague play, wild cards, central divisions, four new teams and more) – Bud Selig is stepping down as baseball’s commissioner. Rob Manfred will take over in January. Of course, he has, as he told ESPN, “very big shoes to fill.”

And 23 years worth to catch up to Selig, the second-longest serving MLB commissioner, one season less than baseball’s first, Judge Landis.

But what about all commissioners (or in the case of the NHL, presidents)?

Below check out the longest serving commissioners of the four major North American sports – combined and later by sport.

And so you can get your bearings a bit, a final list that runs everybody down chronologically.

ALL COMMISSIONERS

  COMMISSIONER # YEARS YEARS SPORT
1. Clarence Campbell 31 1946-1977 NHL
2. David Stern 30 1984-2014 NBA
3. Pete Rozelle 29 1960-1989 NFL
4. Frank Calder 26 1917-1943 NHL
5. Judge Kenesaw Landis 24 1920-1944 MLB
6. Bud Selig 23 1992-2015 MLB
7. Gary Bettman TBD (21) 1993- NHL
8. Joseph Carr 18 1921-1939 NFL
9. Paul Tagliabue 17 1989-2006 NFL
9. Maurice Podoloff 17 1946-1963 NBA
11. Bowie Kuhn 15 1969-1984 MLB
11. John Ziegler 15 1977-1992 NHL
13. Bert Bell 13 1946-1959 NFL
14. Walter Kennedy 12 1963-1975 NBA
15. Larry O’Brien 9 1975-1984 NBA
16. Roger Goodell TBD (8) 2006- NFL
17. Happy Chandler 6 1945-1951 MLB
18. Peter Ueberroth 5 1984-1989 MLB
18. Elmer Layden 5 1941-1946 NFL
20. Ford Frick 4 1951-1965 MLB
21. William Eckert 3 1965-1968 MLB
21. Fay Vincent 3 1989-1992 MLB
21. Red Dutton 3 1943-1946 NHL
24. Carl Storck 2 1939-1941 NFL
25. Adam Silver TBD (1) 2014- NBA
25. A. Bartlett Giamatti 1 1989 MLB
25. Jim Thorpe 1 1920-1921 NFL
25. Austin Gunsel 1 1959-1960 NFL
25. Gil Stein 1 1992-1993 NHL
30. Rob Manfred TBD (0) 2015- MLB

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MLB COMMISSIONERS

  COMMISSIONER # YEARS YEARS
1. Judge Kenesaw Landis 24 1920-1944
2. Bud Selig 23 1992-2015
3. Bowie Kuhn 15 1969-1984
4. Happy Chandler 6 1945-1951
5. Peter Ueberroth 5 1984-1989
6. Ford Frick 4 1951-1965
7. William Eckert 3 1965-1968
7. Fay Vincent 3 1989-1992
9. A. Bartlett Giamatti 1 1989
10. Rob Manfred TBD (0) 2015-

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NFL COMMISSIONERS

  COMMISSIONER # YEARS YEARS
1. Pete Rozelle 29 1960-1989
2. Joseph Carr 18 1921-1939
3. Paul Tagliabue 17 1989-2006
4. Bert Bell 13 1946-1959
5. Roger Goodell TBD (8) 2006-
6. Elmer Layden 5 1941-1946
7. Carl Storck 2 1939-1941
8. Jim Thorpe 1 1920-1921
8. Austin Gunsel 1 1959-1960

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NBA COMMISSIONERS

  COMMISSIONER # YEARS YEARS
1. David Stern 30 1984-2014
2. Maurice Podoloff 17 1946-1963
3. Walter Kennedy 12 1963-1975
4. Larry O’Brien 9 1975-1984
5. Adam Silver TBD (1) 2014-

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NHL COMMISSIONERS

  COMMISSIONER # YEARS YEARS
1. Clarence Campbell 1946-1977 31
2. Frank Calder 1917-1943 26
3. Gary Bettman 1993- TBD (21)
4. John Ziegler 1977-1992 15
5. Red Dutton 1943-1946 3
6. Gil Stein 1992-1993 1

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ALL COMMISSIONERS, CHRONOLOGICAL

MLB COMMISSIONER YEARS # YEARS SPORT
Judge Kenesaw Landis 1920-1944 24 MLB
Happy Chandler 1945-1951 6 MLB
Ford Frick 1951-1965 4 MLB
William Eckert 1965-1968 3 MLB
Bowie Kuhn 1969-1984 15 MLB
Peter Ueberroth 1984-1989 5 MLB
A. Bartlett Giamatti 1989 1 MLB
Fay Vincent 1989-1992 3 MLB
Bud Selig 1992-2015 23 MLB
Rob Manfred 2015- TBD (0) MLB
       
NFL COMMISIONER YEARS # YEARS SPORT
Jim Thorpe 1920-1921 1 NFL
Joseph Carr 1921-1939 18 NFL
Carl Storck 1939-1941 2 NFL
Elmer Layden 1941-1946 5 NFL
Bert Bell 1946-1959 13 NFL
Austin Gunsel 1959-1960 1 NFL
Pete Rozelle 1960-1989 29 NFL
Paul Tagliabue 1989-2006 17 NFL
Roger Goodell 2006- TBD (8) NFL
       
NBA COMMISSIONER YEARS # YEARS SPORT
Maurice Podoloff 1946-1963 17 NBA
Walter Kennedy 1963-1975 12 NBA
Larry O’Brien 1975-1984 9 NBA
David Stern 1984-2014 30 NBA
Adam Silver 2014- TBD (1) NBA
       
NHL COMMISSIONER YEARS # YEARS SPORT
Frank Calder 1917-1943 26 NHL
Red Dutton 1943-1946 3 NHL
Clarence Campbell 1946-1977 31 NHL
John Ziegler 1977-1992 15 NHL
Gil Stein 1992-1993 1 NHL
Gary Bettman 1993- TBD (21) NHL

 

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