, the co-founder of the National Independent Soccer Association that has been seeking to get a new Division 3 pro league off the ground, died unexpectedly after a brief illness.
NISA co-founder Peter Wilt
announced the news of Cummins' death in a tweet.
In December, the NISA postponed plans to begin in the spring of 2018 after only three of the eight teams that submitted applications to
the new league were accepted: Chattanooga, Connecticut and Miami.
Cummins was a managing director at Club 9 Sports and founded the law firm of Cummins & Associates in Chicago. Cummins
and Wilt were among the owners of the WPS Chicago Red Stars. Cummins was general counsel for the Chicago Red Stars and served as the chairman of the WPS's expansion and ownership committee.
Cummins was the first four-year letter-winner in Division I men’s soccer at DePaul University, where he also graduated from law school.