U.S. Soccer approves term limits, elects Val Ackerman

No surprises today in Hawaii — the U.S. Soccer general membership approved term limits for board members, with the president now limited to three four-year terms.

Also, they’ve added former WNBA president, former USA Basketball president and current Big East commissioner Val Ackerman to the board as an independent director.

That’s a big deal for women’s sports fans. I’m not sure who would have a better combination of general sports and women’s sports experience on her resume.

It’s still a very male board — just three of the 15 voting members are women. Ackerman joins Donna Shalala, a fellow independent director, and Cindy Cone of the Athletes’ Council.

I’ll link to the press release when I see it online (for now, it’s just in my mailbox). And don’t forget to read my story on U.S. Soccer to put all this in context. Basically, if you want change, now’s a very good time to speak up.

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Beau Dure

The guy who wrote a bunch of soccer books and now runs a Gen X-themed podcast while substitute teaching and continuing to write freelance stuff.

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