Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
OBITUARY: Steve Caspers, former NASL executive
by Paul Kennedy, August 2nd, 2007 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Steve Caspers, one of the most influential executives in soccer during the go-go years of the North American Soccer League, has died of a heart attack in Florida.

Caspers served as president of NASL Marketing, beginning in 1975, and was responsible for overseeing its television and marketing operations. Caspers worked closely with NASL Commissioner Phil Woosnam through the Pele years (1975-77) and during the expansion of the NASL to 24 years in 1978.

After they left the NASL, Caspers and Woosnam remained deeply involved in American soccer. They had close ties to the late Werner Fricker, president of the U.S. Soccer Federation who was instrumental in getting the 1994 World Cup awarded to the United States in 1988.

As principals of C&W Associates, Caspers and Woosnam handled the USSF's marketing interests in the late 1980s. They were later part of USA Soccer Properties, which ran into conflict with FIFA over a TV deal with NBC covering rights to the U.S. national team and the 1994 World Cup and over the involvement of another USA Soccer Properties principal Patrick Nally, who was out of favor with FIFA. The conflict ultimately caused a rift in the relations between Fricker and FIFA, which led to FIFA backing Alan Rothenberg in his successful campaign to unseat Fricker in 1990.

Soccer USA Partners (SUSAP), backed by the London communications company Aegis Group, succeeded USA Soccer Properties, leading to the ouster of Caspers and Woosnam, who later successfully sued.

MLS presidents Kevin Payne (D.C. United) and John Guppy (Chicago Fire) both came out of SUSAP.

Before becoming involved in soccer, Caspers worked in sales for ABC and as an advertising executive on Madison Avenue.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Cristiano Ronaldo    
"I want to stay here two more years. The two years I'm talking about take me ...
Video Pick: Top 5 Bundesliga Goals of the Week     
Szabolcs Huszti (Eintracht Frankfurt), Havard Nordtveit (Bourssia M'Gladbach), Johannes Geis (Schalke 04), Nicolai Mueller (Hamburg SV) ...
Mexican Olympic team calls up FC Dallas keeper    
Jesse Gonzalez, who won FC Dallas' starting goalkeeper spot last August, is in camp with Mexico's ...
U.S. U-19 men lose to short-handed Canary Islands    
The U.S. U-19 men's national team (1998s) lost, 1-0, to the Canary Islands, which played the ...
Ohio Wesleyan mourns freshman Luke Gabbert's death    
Luke Gabbert, who had just completed his freshman season at perennial Division III power Ohio Wesleyan, ...
What They're Saying: Don Garber    
"We are very excited about the possibilities in St. Louis. We believe it's MLS-ready. We've got ...
USA-Canada Takeaways: Year makes big difference    
The USA swept two games at a January camp for only the second time in a ...
Ashley Cole: 'I'm not a diva'    
Ashley Cole was not going to get away with his introductory press conference in Los Angeles ...
What They're Saying: Ashley Cole    
"I didn't come here to sit on the beach, to rest." -- Ashley Cole, the 35-year-old ...
U.S. Abroad: Gonzalez and Wood get big goals    
Omar Gonzalez kept Pachuca unbeaten in the Liga MX's Torneo Apertura when he scored on a ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives