Jacksonville Armada FC owner Mark Frisch is the new chairman of the North American Soccer League (NASL) Board of Governors, as he’ll guide the circuit through what’s sure to be a fascinating transitional time.
Frisch was elected to the position at the league’s Board of Governors meeting this week, and will assume the role effective immediately while also running Jacksonville Armada FC.
“Mark has established himself as a leader among our owners, and they recognized that by electing him as chairman,” said NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson. “Mark has a clear vision for the future of this league, and his guidance and input will be an important component for our continued growth.”
Frisch takes over for Aaron Davidson, whose Traffic Sports USA owns the Carolina RailHawks. Davidson was indicted May 27 as part of a larger investigation involving FIFA World Cup bribery and corruption. NASL suspended Davidson, dropped all business with his Traffic Sports and ran the team on an interim basis, with Peterson serving as chairman.
The choice of Frisch, whose Jacksonville Armada FC is one of the league leaders in attendance in its first NASL season, is an interesting one.
“I’m thrilled and honored to have this opportunity,” Frisch said. “As we look to build on a great foundation and continue to grow this league, it’s a great time to be in this position. I look forward to working closely with Commissioner Peterson to help accomplish all of his goals and the goals of all of our owners.
Frisch is the executive vice president of Beaver Street Fisheries, an importer, manufacturer and distributor of quality frozen seafood products from the USA and around the world. He is also the chairman of JAXUSA Partnership, the regional economic development organization of JAX Chamber.
The league will be going through some transitions in the next several years. Miami and Puerto Rico are entering NASL next season, with more teams possibly on the way. But with Minnesota United FC set to leave for MLS in coming years, the status of Carolina uncertain, and a constant competition with MLS and a revitalized USL for markets and talent, Frisch will have a real chance of reshaping the NASL in coming years.
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