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David Stern Biography

Birth Name:
David Joel Stern
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
NBA Commissioner, attorney

Fast Facts

  • His first job was working at his father's New York deli
  • Began his association with the NBA as outside counsel in 1966, working as an associate in the firm that represented them from 1966 to '74, and as a partner in that firm from 1974 to '78
  • From 1978 to '80 he worked for the NBA as General Counsel, and from 1980 to '84 he was NBA Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs
  • On February 1, 1984 he was unamimously elected the NBA's fourth Commissioner
  • Since then, he has added teams, increased revenue and launched the WNBA (Womens's National Basketball Association) and NBDL (National Basketball Development League)
  • Was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1998
  • Has served on the Boards of Directors of the NAACP, Beth Israel Medical Center, the Martin Luther King Jr
  • Federal Holiday Commission, the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund and the Museum of Television and Radio


  • William Stern -- Father
  • Anna Stern -- Mother
  • Andrew Stern -- Son
  • Eric Stern -- Son
  • Dianne Stern -- Wife