J. Todd Durbin / Executive Vice President, Player Relations & Competition
One of the architects of the competition structure of Major League Soccer, J. Todd Durbin oversees and manages the day-to-day operations of Major League Soccer’s player department as the Executive Vice President of Competition and Player Relations.
Entering his 18th year with MLS in 2012, Durbin oversees all negotiation and administration of player contracts for MLS. He also formulates and implements roster and budget guidelines, methods of player acquisition, and trade procedures. He manages the day-to-day relationship with MLS Player’s Union. Durbin led the negotiations for the new five-year collective bargaining agreement signed prior to the 2010 MLS season. He helped forge the League’s first collective bargaining agreement with the MLS Players Union in 2004.
The single-entity structure of MLS centralizes all player contracts, thus making Durbin’s role exceptional within the sports business industry. Since 1995, Durbin has personally signed more than 1,400 player contracts, and has negotiated high-profile agreements including those of Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy 2005), Cuauhtémoc Blanco (Chicago Fire, 2007), David Beckham’s loan from LA Galaxy to A.C. Milan (2009), and Omar Bravo (Sporting Kansas City, 2011).
Durbin works with the U.S. Soccer Federation on player development initiatives and oversees the League’s Generation adidas program for the top young players. He is recognized for his expertise in identifying soccer talent in the United States and has forged relationships with national federations and clubs around the globe. In addition, he oversees the MLS youth development system that is unique among U.S. pro leagues.
Durbin joined Major League Soccer in 1995, a year before the League’s inaugural game. He is a member of MLS’ Technical Committee, MLS’ Youth Development Committee, the U.S. Soccer Pro Council and he has previously served on the MLS Discipline Committee and the U.S. Soccer Appeals Committee.
Durbin attended Boston College where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Economics in 1990. He received his J.D. at the University of Southern California Law School in 1994 and was admitted to the California Bar that same year.