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Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Chief Compliance Officer
National Basketball Association

Rick Buchanan is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the NBA, and also serves as the league’s Chief Compliance Officer. He joined the NBA in 1993 as Assistant General Counsel, and after a series of promotions assumed his current title in 2006. He was named Chief Compliance Officer in 2010, and in 2014 assumed responsibility for all legal matters arising from the NBA’s commercial relationships, in addition to his other duties.

Buchanan is responsible for all legal affairs of the NBA and its affiliates, including collective bargaining with NBA players and referees, Board of Governors matters, litigation, legislation, issues arising from the league’s various businesses (including media, sponsorship and licensing), salary cap advice and enforcement, and team and arena issues. In his role as Chief Compliance Officer, Buchanan oversees the Code of Conduct applicable to all NBA employees, and is responsible for the league’s compliance program, including anti-gambling education and enforcement, and FCPA matters.

Buchanan is a 1985 graduate of Amherst College and a 1988 graduate of Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Following law school, Buchanan was a clerk for Judge Kenneth W. Starr on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and then worked for four years as an attorney with Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. At Covington, he represented the National Football League and the National Hockey League, among other clients. Buchanan has lectured on sports law at the Columbia, Georgetown, and Virginia schools of law.

Buchanan is a native of Seattle, Wash., and resides in New York City.


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