NBA to Cut Pay of Top-Earning Executives Amid Coronavirus: Report

Dan Mennella
March 26, 2020 - 2:27 pm

The NBA is reportedly planning to cut the salaries of its highest-paid executives due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Base salary cuts of 20 percent will be implemented for the league's top 100 earners, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of, including Commissioner Adam Silver and Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum. Silver earns about $10 million per year, the International Business Times recently reported.

The reductions were expected to last for the duration of the coronavirus shutdown, and would not impact administrative or support staff, the report said.

The move comes days after the ownership group controlling both the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils called off pay cuts that would have affected rank-and-file staff employees. Those reductions were scrapped amid fierce criticism from both local and national media, as well as fans on social media.

The NBA's regular season has been on pause since March 11, when Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus. Teammate Donovan Mitchell also tested positive the next day, as have countless other athletes across the sports landscape in the ensuing weeks. The incident prompted the indefinite suspension of the season, with other leagues following suit shortly after.