CONCACAF ends corporate partnership with FIFA scandal-embattled Traffic Sports USA


CONCACAF and Traffic Sports parted ways today, as the wake of this summer’s FIFA investigation continues to gather victims.

And perhaps wake isn’t even a good term, as there are days you can’t help but wonder if we’re anywhere near witnessing the true potency of the FBI’s investigation into FIFA’s misdeeds.

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CONCACAF, of course, is the confederation that governs soccer in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. And Traffic Sports is a management company which saw its president, Aaron Davidson, indicted in the FIFA scandal on counts of bribery and money laundering.

Davidson was also the board chair for the NASL, and Traffic owns — but does not currently run — the league’s Carolina Railhawks and Fort Lauderdale Strikers. The company formerly operated the Atlanta Silverbacks.

From a CONCACAF press release:

In a statement, CONCACAF said: “CONCACAF and Traffic Sports USA have decided to part ways and dissolve their commercial rights agreement. Nonetheless, CONCACAF remains committed to organizing and executing best-in-class competitions for our member associations, fans, players, coaches, and sponsors, including the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.”

CONCACAF will service existing sponsorships through its in-house sales and marketing team. The process for selecting commercial rights partners and vendors in the future is currently being evaluated by CONCACAF’s Special Committee as it reviews the Confederation’s business operations.

It’s certainly one of those press releases that makes you think, “Well, I had just assumed that happened, but thanks for confirming.”

The CONCACAF Gold Cup is underway with Haiti and Panama tangling on Tuesday.