Major League Soccer has been recognized as Sports League of the Year at the 2020 Sports Business Awards, among the most prestigious accolades in the sports industry.

MLS, which also won the award in 2008 and 2016, won the honor this year ahead of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), the National Football League (NFL) and the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), the other award finalists.

MLS has grown more than any other global sports league over the past decade and that continued into 2019 with more fans consuming MLS than ever before. The league announced new expansion teams, bringing the total number of clubs to 30, while the valuation of existing MLS clubs continued to increase exponentially to record highs. Other major investments have also been made in players, both local and international, state-of-the-art football stadiums and world-class training facilities.

Life Achievement Award

Larry Tanenbaum, Chairman of Toronto FC MLSE Owners, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his many contributions to professional sports while leading one of the largest sports organizations in the world.

In addition to Toronto FC, MLSE manages the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL, the Toronto Raptors of the NBA and the Air Canada Centre. Tanenbaum and his wife, Judy, have also donated hundreds of millions of dollars over the years to various medical, health and social causes in the Toronto community.

Sports Leader of the Year

MLS commissioner Don Garber was also one of the finalists for the Athletic Director of the Year award alongside four other nominees including NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, famed baseball agent Scott Boras , Roger Penske of Penske Entertainment Corp. and the winner, ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro. .

Sports Facility of the Year

Allianz Field, home of Minnesota United FC, was among five nominees for the Sports Facility of the Year award after it opened in the 2019 season.

The other four finalists were Chase Center (NBA’s Golden State Warriors), Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse (NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, AHL’s Cleveland Monsters), TD Garden (NBA’s Boston Celtics, NHL’s Boston Bruins), and Wrigley Field (MLB’s Chicago Cubs).

Sports Team of the Year

The St. Louis Blues of the NHL have beaten the United States Women’s National Team, the Minnesota Twins of the MLB, the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL and the Toronto Raptors of the NBA.

The Sports Business Awards, hosted by Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily and presented virtually this year, have been an integral part of the sports scene since 2008 and this year’s accolades recognized achievement during the period from March 1, 2019 to March 28, 2019. February 2020.