It's been a trying time for the commissioners of our biggest and most popular sports. The NFL is facing issues about player safety and player misconduct. Major League Baseball is still trying to rid the game of performance-enhancing drugs. The NHL is coming off a contentious player-owner labor dispute. The NBA is about to experience a changing of the guard with commissioner David Stern stepping down. And NASCAR has seen its track attendance and TV viewership decline. Which leagues are simply facing some temporary growing pains and which are in trouble? And how far have we come in four years?

Health of NBA?

The NBA is facing a new era with commissioner David Stern stepping down in February after 30 years on the job. He will be replaced by deputy commissioner Adam Silver.


Health of NFL?

The profits keep increasing and exposure is at an all-time high, but commissioner Roger Goodell is facing concerns about player safety that could put the game's future in jeopardy.


Health of NHL?

Commissioner Gary Bettman recently celebrated his 20th year on the job, but it came at the start of another shortened season due to a lockout.


Health of MLB?

Bud Selig and Major League Baseball soon will announce what is expected to be mass suspensions stemming from the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal.


Health of NASCAR?

Every sport is battling the trend of the fan who decides to stay at home instead of attending the event. NASCAR is no exception, and also has seen a decline in TV viewership in recent years.


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