Russ Granik, former Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer of the National Basketball Association, is Vice Chairman of Galatioto Sports Partners. He was a guiding force in helping to establish the National Basketball Association as the most popular sports league in the world. Mr. Granik also represented the league in a wide range of successful projects, including collective bargaining agreements, television contracts, and the formation of the Dream Team, which has represented the United States in the last five Olympics.
Mr. Granik joined the NBA in 1976 as a staff attorney. He became Assistant General Counsel in 1978 and General Counsel in 1980. When David J. Stern was named NBA Commissioner in 1984, he named Granik to succeed him as Executive Vice President. In February 1990, Mr. Granik was elected Deputy Commissioner by the NBA Board of Governors.
Mr. Granik participated in every major negotiation on behalf of the NBA since 1980, including the television contracts with NBC and Turner Broadcasting signed in 1997. He was also the chief negotiator for the league during collective bargaining that resulted in agreements with the National Basketball Players Association in 1988, 1995, 1999 and 2005.
Mr. Granik played a major role in the NBA’s international expansion. From 1996–2000, he served as the President of USA Basketball, the United States’ national governing body for international basketball competition. From 1989–96, he was a Vice President of USA Basketball and, in that role, was instrumental in working out the details of the participation of NBA players in the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympics. In November 2005, Mr. Granik received USA Basketball’s Edward S. Steitz Award, which recognizes an individual for his outstanding contributions to international basketball.
Mr. Granik is Chairman of the Board of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, where he has been a Trustee and member of the Executive Committee since 1984.
Mr. Granik graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1969 from Dartmouth College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and Cum Laude from Harvard Law School in 1973. He was associated with the law firm of Breed, Abbott & Morgan in New York before joining the NBA.
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