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Role of the Commissioner

Learn about the multiple roles that a league commissioner must perform in professional sports.


Every major professional sports league in the United States has a commissioner who is tasked with performing a variety of roles that help professional sports leagues function effectively.

I. Administering Rules

In a collectively-owned league, such as Major League Baseball or the National Hockey League, the league establishes rules in its constitution and bylaws. A league’s commissioner is responsible for interpreting, administering, and in some cases, creating the league’s rules. When a...