Nona Lee, Arizona Diamondbacks
Nona Lee has been with the Arizona Diamondbacks for nearly the entire 20-year history of the team. But she is now at the center of some of the franchise’s biggest changes.
Lee played a key role helping negotiate the Diamondbacks’ 20-year rights extension in 2015 with Fox Sports Arizona, an estimated $1.5 billion deal that is the largest financial transaction in club history, and the development of the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick spring training complex, which involved working with a sovereign Native American community.
Now Lee is at the center of the club’s efforts to improve and replace Chase Field. The club in May completed a complex set of negotiations with Maricopa County that will allow the Diamondbacks to seek out potential sites for a new stadium and make them responsible for maintenance and event booking at the current ballpark.
“There has been a lot of change happening, and we’ve had our challenges. But now we’re at the beginning of another opportunity to grow the franchise and expand our brand,” Lee said.
Lee is also the president of the Sports Lawyers Association, marking just the second time a woman has led that national organization in its more than 40 years of existence.
“I’ve been on the board there for some time, but it’s a huge honor to now be in this role,” she said. “My whole aim there is to really set this up for the future, getting more people involved and improving our outreach. There is a lot we can still do there.”
— Eric Fisher