Howard becomes CONCACAF acting general secretary

Ted Howard was promoted to acting general secretary of the

CONCACAF, soccer’s regional governing body, following the

resignation of Chuck Blazer.

The appointment of the 66-year-old Howard was announced Monday

by CONCACAF, which governs North and Central America and the

Caribbean.

Howard has been deputy general secretary since 1998. He was

executive director of the North American Soccer League from

1971-84, then spent three years as director of marketing of

Ohlmeyer Communications. He was director and group manager of NBA

marketing from 1988-98.

Blazer had been general secretary since 1990 and announced his

resignation in October, taking effect at the end of the year. He

said in May that CONCACAF President Jack Warner and Asian

confederation head Mohamed bin Hammam attempted to bribe Caribbean

delegates $40,000 each to vote for Bin Hammam in the FIFA

presidential election. Lisle Austin, Warner’s acting successor then

tried to fire Blazer, and Austin was suspended from soccer for one

year.

CONCACAF has not chosen a new president. Blazer remains a member

of the FIFA executive committee.