(born October 9, 1957 in Flushing, Queens
) is the commissioner
of Major League Soccer
of Soccer United Marketing
, and a member of the United States Soccer Federation
board of directors. Garber has spent his entire career in the sports industry, working in a variety of capacities in marketing, television and league administration. In 1999, he was named Commissioner of Major League Soccer after spending 16 years with the National Football League
as head of NFL International.
Garber spent 16 years with the National Football League, finishing his tenure as the senior vice president/managing director of NFL International, where he oversaw all aspects of the NFL's business outside the United States, including the NFL Europe League
. Garber began his career at NFL Properties in 1984 as a marketing manager and became the League's director of marketing in 1988. In 1992, he was appointed the NFL's senior vice president of business development and was responsible for a variety of television, special event and marketing activities.
Don Garber was appointed as the league's new commissioner on August 4, 1999 becoming Major League Soccer's 2nd commissioner, succeeding Doug Logan
. His first move as commissioner was to bring the league more in line with the international standard, eliminating the shootout and letting the referee keep the time on the field. Overtime and a fourth keeper sub were the only surviving... Read More