Commissioner Don Garber, who has guided Major League Soccer through a period of significant expansion, has been granted a contract extension that will keep
him at the helm through 2014.
When Garber was hired in 1999, the league had only 12 teams operated by a small number of owners. MLS contracted to 10 teams in 2002 but has enjoyed rapid growth in recent years. It will expand to 18 teams in 2011 and will add a 19th team, Montreal, in 2012. MLS's business ventures have flourished with the launch of Soccer United Marketing early in Garber's tenure and the league continues to open team-owned stadiums.
“Don’s done a phenomenal job and we’re really proud of him,” Tim Leiweke, the CEO of AEG, owner of the Los Angeles Galaxy, and chairman of MLS’s board of governors, told the SportsBusiness Journal. “The momentum he’s created here is phenomenal."
The new contract could push Garber's pay to as much as $3 million a year.