With two decades of experience in basketball analysis, former NBA player Len Elmore returned to ESPN for the 1997 season as a men’s college basketball analyst. He previously was with the network for the 1991 and ’92 seasons. Elmore primarily works BIG EAST and ACC contests, including the postseason ACC Tournament.
A coveted speaker, he has delivered speeches and presentations for a number of professional organizations, colleges and universities, including the keynote presentations for the 2005 University of Rhode Island Sports Colloquy titled “Race and Sports,” and the 2007 West Virginia College of Law Sports Symposium. Elmore has written numerous articles and commentaries for a diverse group of media outlets, including the Knight Ridder News Service, Sports Business Journal and ESPN.com. He also has been a monthly sports commentator for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition.
Elmore began his broadcast career with Jefferson-Pilot Sports (1986-90) and CBS (1987-90). He presently covers the NCAA Championship for CBS as well as the NBA for ESPN and ABC.Currently, he is the Chief Executive Officer of iHoops, the Official Youth Basketball Organization of the NCAA and NBA, based in Indianapolis.
In 1992, Elmore founded Precept Sports & Entertainment, a sports management company. Based in Columbia, Md., from 1992-1997, Precept represented seven NBA first-round draft picks (including a No. 1 pick overall), three high-round draft picks in the NFL, an MLB veteran and several Olympic athletes.
From 2001 to 2003, he served as president and CEO of Test University (TestU), an education technology company and a leading provider of Web-based, customized curriculum, student assessment and standardized test preparation solutions for middle and high school students. He was responsible for the overall strategic, operational and fiscal direction of the company.
A 1974 graduate of Maryland, where he was a three-time All-ACC performer and is still regarded as one of the best basketball players in ACC history, Elmore was the recipient of the school’s Citizenship Award as a senior. In 2002, he was voted one of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Top 50 Greatest Basketball Players.
A first-round draft pick of both the NBA (Washington Bullets) and ABA (Indiana Pacers), he spent 10 seasons in the professional ranks — two with the ABA’s Pacers (1975-76), then eight years in the NBA with the Pacers (1977-79), Kansas City Kings (1980), Milwaukee Bucks (1981), New Jersey Nets (1981-83) and New York Knicks (1984).
After his playing career, Elmore received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1987. He is believed to be the only NBA player to graduate from Harvard upon retirement from professional basketball. He began his law career as an Assistant District Attorney in New York.
Elmore is admitted to the New York State bar and in the U.S. District Court of Maryland. His most recent practice experience includes serving until March 1, 2008, as Senior Counsel in the Entertainment, Media and Sports Group of Dewey & LeBoeuf (formerly LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae) in their New York City office. He served as an Assistant District Attorney for Kings County (Brooklyn) N.Y., from 1987 to 1990.
From 1994-99 Elmore was a gubernatorial-appointed member of the Tourism Development Board for the State of Maryland, where he represented the sports and entertainment industries.
Elmore now serves as a director on the board of 1800Flowers.com, a leading online and telephonic gift and flower retailer and as a director on the board of Lee Enterprises, Inc., a leading national newspaper publishing company. He chairs the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committees for the 1800Flowers’ board and serves on the Audit Committee for Lee Enterprises.
Since 1998, he has served as a member of the Board of Trustees at the University of Maryland, College Park. He served on the University System of Maryland Foundation Board from 1990-1998. He was a member of The Sports Lawyers Association Board from 2000-2007 and remains a board member of The National Basketball Retired Players Association, for which he was elected President in February 2005 and acts in the capacity of chief executive. In 2001, Elmore was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame.
Continuing to fulfill his commitment to education, athletics and public service, Elmore is a commissioner on the John and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics and a member of the NCAA-appointed College Basketball Partnership Committee, convened by the NCAA President to assist the advancement of the college game.
Elmore remains committed to a variety of other public service, educational and charitable activities.
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