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Michael Goldberg (sports executive)

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Michael Goldberg (March 16, 1943 – January 20, 2017) was executive director of the National Basketball Coaches Association in the United States for more than 30 years. He began as the general counsel of the fledgling American Basketball Association in 1974 and later helped engineer the merger of the National Basketball Association and American Basketball Association in 1976.[1] He became the executive director of NBCA in 1980 and was credited with improving the retirement and insurance plans of coaches.[1]

The Basketball Hall of Fame announced it would be giving the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award to him in 2017.[2] The NBCA announced that they would be creating a coach-of-the-year award, which would be named for Goldberg.[3]

He was known for preferring to wear a bow tie, and after his death in 2017, a number of NBA coaches wore bow ties during games in his honor.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10]

In 1981, he founded and continued to be CEO of a sports marketing company, National Media Group.[11] He claimed to be responsible for getting the face of gymnast Mary Lou Retton, one of his clients, on the front of a Wheaties cereal box.[12]

He is a graduate of New York University and the St. John’s University School of Law.[13]


  1. ^ a b "Michael Goldberg, who led the basketball coaches' association, dies at 73". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  2. ^ "Michael Goldberg, longtime NBCA leader, dies". Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  3. ^ "Coaches Association Announces Michael H. Goldberg Coach of the Year Award -". NBA Media Ventures. January 15, 2017. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  4. ^ Vivlamore, Chris. "Mike Budenholzer to wear bow tie in honor of Michael Goldberg". ajc. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  5. ^ "Mavs coach Rick Carlisle mourns the loss of Michael H. Goldberg". star-telegram. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  6. ^ Robbins, Josh. "Frank Vogel and Brad Stevens became friends in Indianapolis". Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  7. ^ "Mavericks coaching staff wears bow ties in honor of Michael H. Goldberg". SportsDay. 2017-01-22. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  8. ^ "Embiid, Sixers beaten by Harden and the Rockets". Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  9. ^ Winderman, Ira. "Winderman's view: Heat 100, Bulls 88". Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  10. ^ Lloyd, Jason. "Cavs 124, Nets 116; Jason Lloyd's 20 thoughts on a win, Barkley's comments and LeBron's reaction". Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  11. ^ "Our Team – MICHAEL H. GOLDBERG". National Media Group. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  12. ^ "Michael Goldberg, who led the NBCA for 37 years, dies". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2017-01-29.
  13. ^ Sandomir, Richard (2017-01-23). "Michael H. Goldberg, 73, Lawyer Who Bridged A.B.A. and N.B.A., Dies". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-01-29.