As head of the NBPA, Michele Roberts has done some absolutely amazing things. She took over the role from Billy Hunter back in 2014 and has helped oversee labor peace as well as a major uptick in the NBA’s brand during that span.
Roberts, the first woman to head a union in North American professional sports, will now be in this role for another four years.
According to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports, Roberts has been re-elected for another term as the NBPA executive director.
This makes all the sense in the world. In a modern sports landscape that has seen strife between union and leagues over the past several years, the NBA has remained relatively quiet on this front.
In fact, the NBA and NBPA came to terms on a seven-year collective bargaining agreement under Roberts’ watch back in 2016.
A graduate of both Wesleyan University and the University of California at Berkeley, Roberts has also played a major role in the increase of the NBA’s popularity in recent years.
When she took over as executive director back in 2014, league-wide revenue stood at $4.79 billion. It’s currently set to hit $8-plus million. That’s no small feat for both Roberts and the widely popular, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.