Commissioner’s Perspective: Growing Soccer with Don Garber

On the eve of the 2015 MLS season, the league’s 20th, Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl sits down with MLS Commissioner Don Garber to discuss the state of the league. This year introduces two expansion teams in New York and Orlando and a handful of MLS-owned development teams in USL. Nonetheless, Chivas USA ceased operations and the League announced a new strategy for Los Angeles market with LAFC, which starts play in 2017, along with Atlanta. As the reach broadens geographically, the league enters year one of a new media rights deal with ESPN, Fox Sports and Univision. Meanwhile it will be a new era for labor relations in MLS, as the 2015 season will be the first under a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, agreed upon just days before the season started. Commissioner for the past 15 seasons, Don Garber shares his perspective on the league’s history under his stewardship and his vision for its future.

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