David Joel Stern was an American lawyer and business executive. He was the commissioner of the National Basketball Association from 1984 to 2014. Stern retired in 2014 as the longest-tenured commissioner in the history of major North American sports leagues. He is credited with developing and broadening the NBA’s audience.
About David Stern in brief
David Joel Stern was an American lawyer and business executive. He was the commissioner of the National Basketball Association from 1984 to 2014. Stern retired in 2014 as the longest-tenured commissioner in the history of major North American sports leagues. He is credited with developing and broadening the NBA’s audience, especially internationally setting up training camps, playing exhibition games, and recruiting more international players. Stern was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and FIBA Hall of Famer. He played basketball briefly in adulthood before sustaining a serious right knee injury during a New York Lawyers League game. Stern is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Rutgers University Board of Overseers. He also served as a Chair Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of Columbia University, where he received a J. D. in 1966. He started with the NBA in 1966 as an outside counsel, then joined the league in 1978 as general counsel and became the league’s executive vice president in 1980. He became commissioner in 1984, succeeding Larry O’Brien. In his first year as commissioner, Stern offered Adrian Paenza, a South American basketball analyst, and the Argentina Channel 9, weekly NBA highlights to air for USD 2,000 a year.
In 1987, he started the shipping of VHS tapes from his office to China’s state-run television station. In 1992, Stern pushed to allow U.S. professionals to participate in the Olympics, helping to spawn the S.A. basketball tournament. In 1994, Stern started the NBA G League, the NBA’’s development league. In 1998, Stern helped found the Women’s National basketball Association and the NBA T-League. In 2000, Stern launched NBA. com, NBA TV and NBA League Pass. He died in New York City on December 31, 2014. He leaves behind a wife, two daughters, a son, and a stepson. He has a daughter who is now the CEO of a private equity firm. He previously served as the chairman of the board of directors of the New York Knicks, which he co-founded with his father, Carl Braun, a former Knicks player. Stern has a son who is a former NBA player who now works for the NBA as a consultant and a director of the NBA Players’ Association. He had a son with former NBA Commissioner David Stern, who is also a lawyer and former president of the Basketball Association of America.