Toronto Raptors’ Larry Tanenbaum re-elected chairman of the NBA board of governors

Raptors Governor Larry Tanenbaum waves to the crowd at the team’s 2019 championship parade.

NEW YORK — The NBA today announced that Toronto Raptors Governor Larry Tanenbaum has been unanimously re-elected Chairman of the NBA Board of Governors.

Tanenbaum, longtime president of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), has served as chairman of the NBA board of directors since 2017, when he became the first Canadian to be appointed to the role. Under his leadership, the Raptors won the franchise’s first NBA championship in 2019.

“I am thrilled that Larry will continue to serve the league as Chairman of the Board,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “His leadership, guidance and support are greatly appreciated by me and my colleagues as well as the other governors on the team.”

“I am honored to continue to serve as Chairman of the NBA Board of Governors to help play a role in leading this great league,” Tanenbaum said. “I am grateful to my fellow governors for their valuable support and look forward to working with each of them, as well as Commissioner Silver and the league office staff, as we continue to grow the impact of the NBA on basketball and in our communities.”

A native of Toronto, Tanenbaum served on numerous NBA committees before becoming chairman, including the Advisory/Finance Committee from 2008-2017 and the Planning Committee from 2000-2014.

Tanenbaum, one of North America’s most influential sports personalities, has been governor of the Raptors since 1998 and holds the same title with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League and Toronto FC of Major League Soccer. As President of MLSE, he was widely recognized for his leadership in helping sports leagues, professional teams and the Canadian market successfully navigate the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognition of his contributions to philanthropy, business and volunteerism, Mr. Tanenbaum was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada on October 25, 2007. The Order of Canada is the centerpiece of the honors system of Canada and is the highest civilian honor bestowed.

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