Major League Soccer was recognized as Sports League of the Year during the 2020 Sports Business Awards, among the most prestigious honors in the sports industry.
MLS, which also won the award in 2008 and 2016, claimed this year's honor ahead of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), National Football League (NFL) and Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), the other finalists for the award.
MLS has expanded more than any other global sports league over the last decade and that continued during 2019 with more fans consuming MLS than ever before. The league announced new expansion teams, bringing the total number of clubs to 30, all while the valuation of existing MLS clubs has continued to rise exponentially to record highs. Additional major investments were also made in players, both homegrown and international talents, state-of-the-art soccer stadiums and world-class training facilities.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber was also one of the finalists for the Sports Executive of the Year award alongside four other nominees, including NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, renowned baseball agent Scott Boras, Roger Penske of Penske Entertainment Corp. and the winner, ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro.