The man who’s overseen Major League Soccer’s dramatic growth in revenue will stay in the job a while longer.
Don Garber has signed a deal to continue as MLS commissioner through 2023.
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The 61-year-old Garber has been on the job since 1999, when there were only a dozen teams in the league.
Despite his successes, Garber gets more headlines for his missteps like the sloppy handling of the Columbus Crew situation. There is little doubt, however, that he’s done well for the owners of his league, which has progressed on-and-off-the-field under his watch.
Garber was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2018. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014, and is now cancer free.
On Saturday it was announced that MLS Commissioner Don Garber is battling against prostate cancer.
In a statement released from the league website, Garber revealed he’s been diagnosed with the cancer but following ‘a series of comprehensive tests’ the cancer has not spread.
The statement on the Commissioner’s health also revealed that he is expected to make a full recovery, as Garber has already started his treatment at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital, which will be followed by surgery at Mt. Sinai Hospital.
Both of those hospitals are in New York City, and the announcement also states Garber’s intentions to remain in charge of the league while he fights against cancer.
Below is what Garber had to say on the matter. On behalf of everyone at ProSoccerTalk, we wish Major League Soccer’s Commissioner a speedy recovery.
“Obviously no one wants to hear that they have cancer,” Garber said. “However, I am being treated by exceptional doctors at two of the top hospitals in the world and am confident, as are they, that the prostate cancer will be successfully treated, with a full recovery. I plan on keeping a normal schedule and will continue managing the league and Soccer United Marketing during my course of treatment. With the support of my family, friends, colleagues and doctors, I am feeling very strong, energized and extremely focused.
“Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. It will affect one in seven men during their lifetime.” Garber added. “I hope through my experience that I will be able to create awareness of prostate cancer and encourage men to get regular testing, the surest way to ensure a successful outcome for those who get the disease.”