Lon Babby Bio

by Jeramie McPeek
Lon Babby
President of Basketball Operations

With almost 35 years as a practicing attorney with Washington, DC-based Williams & Connolly, LLP, Lon Babby brings a wealth of experience as an industry leader in sports and contract negotiations in his fifth season as the Suns’ president of basketball operations. Identified as one of “Washington’s Top Lawyers” for media and sports law by Washingtonian magazine, one of the “20 Most Influential Agents” in the nation by Sports Business Journal and one of the 100 most powerful in sports by The Sporting News, Babby joined one of the NBA’s most storied franchises as only the fourth basketball president in the team’s history in 2010.

Charged with guiding the team through a time of transition and building for the future, Babby oversaw
the hirings of general manager Ryan McDonough and head coach Jeff Hornacek which led to the Suns
making the NBA’s largest turnaround in 2013-14. His department has also positioned itself for the future
by placing a premium on building through the draft; in addition to two first-round picks from 2013 who
displayed great potential as rookies in Alex Len and Archie Goodwin, the Suns used three first-round picks in
2014 (T.J. Warren, Tyler Ennis, Bogdan Bogdanovic) and could have as many as three first-round picks again
in 2015. In addition, Babby has emphasized upgrades to the medical and training staff, which is regarded
as an industry leader, as well as increased emphasis on the innovative use of analytics.

Prior to joining the Suns, Babby was one of the industry’s most successful and well-regarded player
agents. He entered player representation in 1994 when he was retained by then Duke forward Grant Hill.
Together the pair devised a new model of player representation based upon charging players on an hourly
basis, rather than the traditional contract percentage. His principled approach became an alternative
that appealed to the elite “good guy” athletes and his stable of clients grew to include some of the NBA’s
most respected sportsmen, including Ray Allen, Shane Battier, Tim Duncan and Hill, a three-time winner
of the NBA Sportsmanship Award. Babby also represented marquee Major League Baseball players and
the WNBA’s Tamika Catchings.

Babby began his career in sports representing first the NFL’s Washington Redskins (1977-84) and then
MLB’s Baltimore Orioles (1979-94). For the Orioles, he was intimately involved in the senior management of
the club. He first served as club counsel and then general counsel, overseeing player contract negotiations,
advertising and marketing contracts, labor issues and general business matters, including the construction
of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. During his tenure, the Redskins appeared in two Super Bowls, winning in
1983, and the Orioles appeared in two World Series, also winning in 1983.

A graduate of Lehigh University and Yale Law School and former editor of Yale Law Journal, Babby has
served as an adjunct professor of law at George Washington University Law School. He began his career
as a litigator and handled several high-profile cases including the defense of John Hinckley, Jr., who shot
President Reagan. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of
Fame and in 2007 was elected to the Greater Washington, DC Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. He is also a
member of the Board of Trustees of the Phoenix chapter of the Positive Coaching Alliance.

The 63-year-old Babby was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and grew up in Valley Stream, N.Y. He and wife, Ellen,
met at summer camp at age 16 and have been married for 41 years. The couple has a son, Ken (34), and a
daughter, Heather (30). Ken has a 6-year-old son, Josh. Heather is married to Eric Rimsky.

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