Monday, February 19, 2018

CONCACAF launches task force for a pro league


Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell and former Jamaica prime minister Edward Seaga have been named to a nine-member task force established by the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) to study the viability of a professional football league in the Caribbean. The task force also includes David John Williams, owner of Digicel Pro League club W Connnection.

The Speaker of the Bermuda House of Assembly, Randolph Horton is also included on the task force that CONCACAF yesterday said would be backed by advisors from the major leagues in England and the United States.

It said the task force would examine the feasibility of a Caribbean professional football league, as the Confederation deepens its commitment to the growth of the game across the region.

This will be the second effort to establish a professional league in the Caribbean. A previous attempt to institute a Caribbean league lasted from 1992-1994, when clubs from as far north as Jamaica and south as Guyana competed in the now defunct Caribbean Professional Football League. 

“I am certain that there are immense untapped opportunities for football in the Caribbean,” said CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb.

 “We need to evaluate thoroughly how best to convert potential into a viable structure that could create new futures for clubs, players, fans and the game as a whole.”

The members are: Dr. Keith Mitchell (Prime Minister of Grenada); Damien Hughes (General Secretary, Caribbean Football Union); Simon Firth (Partner, Maples and Calder, Cayman Islands); Don Garber (Commissioner, US Major League Soccer); . Edward Seaga (former Prime Minister of Jamaica and Chairman of Jamaica’s Premier League); David John Williams (Owner/President, W Connection Football Club, Trinidad and Tobago); Decio de Maria (President, Liga MX); Yves Jean-Bart (President, Haitian Football Federation) and Randy Harris (President, Barbados Football Federation).

Special advisors to the task force are: The English Premier League; Jefferson Slack (Senior vice-president, Global Business Development, IMG) and Kieran Foley (group head marketing, Digicel)

ReThink Management and MCM Consulting Ltd. have been named as consultants to the group.