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Aaron Davidson
Alma materEmory University (1993)[1]
Southern Methodist University (1996)[2]

Aaron Davidson is an American lawyer and businessman, who has been director of business development of Plant the Future, a biophilic design firm and group of botanical art galleries, since early 2016.

Davidson is the former chairman of the board of governors of the North American Soccer League,[3] and former president of Traffic Sports USA. The Brazilian José Hawilla, owner and founder of Traffic Group, appointed Davidson to be the head of his company's North American headquarters in 2003. His job was to pay millions of dollars in bribes to decision makers, following their South American operating model, who then gave to Traffic Group marketing rights to sport events. For similar reasons, Enrique Sanz de Santamaría, did the same, thus after his unveiling Davidson could not avoid his revelation on May 6, 2015.[4]

Davidson was one of 14 suspects indicted[5][6] and detained in the 2015 FIFA corruption case.[7] He was banned by the FIFA Ethics Committee.[8] In May 2015, Davidson pleaded not guilty in Brooklyn Federal Court and was released on $5 million bond.[9] Subsequently, in October 2016, Davidson pleaded guilty and forfeited $507,900[10] with sentencing set for October 3, 2019.[11]

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North American Soccer League (2011–2017)

North American Soccer League (2011–2017)

The North American Soccer League (NASL) was a professional men's soccer league based in the United States. The league was named for, but had no connection to, the original North American Soccer League. The later NASL was founded in 2009, and began play in 2011 with eight teams.

Traffic Sports USA

Traffic Sports USA

Traffic Sports USA, based in Miami, is a soccer event management company in the North American, Central American and Caribbean region.

José Hawilla

José Hawilla

José Hawilla was a Brazilian businessman, the owner and founder of Traffic Group, a multinational sports marketing conglomerate.

Traffic Group

Traffic Group

Traffic Group is a sports event management company founded in Brazil, headquartered in São Paulo.

South America

South America

South America is a continent entirely in the Western Hemisphere and mostly in the Southern Hemisphere, with a relatively small portion in the Northern Hemisphere at the northern tip of the continent. It can also be described as the southern subregion of a single continent called America.

Enrique Sanz de Santamaría

Enrique Sanz de Santamaría

Enrique Sanz de Santamaría is a Colombian-American sports executive. He was appointed as General Secretary of CONCACAF in July 2012.

2015 FIFA corruption case

2015 FIFA corruption case

In 2015, United States federal prosecutors disclosed cases of corruption by officials and associates connected with the Fédération internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the governing body of association football, futsal and beach soccer.

FIFA Ethics Committee

FIFA Ethics Committee

The FIFA Ethics Committee is one of FIFA's three judicial bodies. It is organized in two chambers, the Investigatory Chamber and the Adjudicatory Chamber. Its duties are regulated by several official documents, most importantly the FIFA Code of Ethics. FIFA's other judicial bodies are the Disciplinary Committee and the Appeal Committee.

United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York

United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York is the federal district court whose territorial jurisdiction spans five counties in New York State: the four Long Island counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Kings (Brooklyn), and Queens, as well as Richmond, the latter three being among New York City's five boroughs. The court also has concurrent jurisdiction with the Southern District of New York over the waters of New York (Manhattan) and Bronx Counties. Its courthouses are located in Brooklyn and Central Islip.

Early life

Aaron Davidson was born on April 21, 1971,[12] in Bell County, Texas, the son of a Costa Rican father, Jaime Abraham Davidson, and a Mexican mother, Ana Rosentein.[12] Both of his parents are first generation immigrants, and their parents are of eastern European Jewish ancestry. He describes himself as a "Tex-Mex-Costa Rican Jew".[13]

Davidson was educated at Emory University and the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University.[14]

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Bell County, Texas

Bell County, Texas

Bell County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. It is in Central Texas and its county seat is Belton.

Costa Ricans

Costa Ricans

Costa Ricans, also called Ticos, are the citizens of Costa Rica, a multiethnic, Spanish-speaking nation in Central America. Costa Ricans are predominantly Castizos, other ethnic groups people of Indigenous, European, African and Asian descent.

Emory University

Emory University

Emory University is a private research university in Atlanta, Georgia. Founded in 1836 as "Emory College" by the Methodist Episcopal Church and named in honor of Methodist bishop John Emory, Emory is the second-oldest private institution of higher education in Georgia.

Dedman School of Law

Dedman School of Law

SMU Dedman School of Law, commonly referred to as SMU Law School or Dedman School of Law is a law school located in Dallas, Texas. It was founded in February 1925. SMU Law School is located on the campus of its parent institution, Southern Methodist University.

Southern Methodist University

Southern Methodist University

Southern Methodist University (SMU) is a private research university in University Park, Texas, with a satellite campus in Taos County, New Mexico. SMU was founded on April 17, 1911, by the Methodist Episcopal Church, South—now part of the United Methodist Church—in partnership with Dallas civic leaders. However, it is nonsectarian in its teaching and enrolls students of all religious affiliations. It is classified among "R-2: Doctoral Universities – High Research Activity".

Career

Davidson is a licensed attorney in Texas and New York. His career has been entirely in the legal and commercial aspects of sports management.[15] Davidson worked at the Muller Group, a marketing firm for sports in New York.[16]

Source: "Aaron Davidson", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 30th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Davidson.

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References
  1. ^ Rangus, Eric, "Kicking Grass: How Atlanta’s rebooted pro team is bringing soccer back", Emory Magazine, Summer 2011. Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  2. ^ "Southern Methodist University Eighty-First Annual Commencement Convocation" May 18, 1996, p. 18. Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  3. ^ "Kick Starter: Aaron Davidson re-establishes pro soccer in Florida". Florida Trend. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  4. ^ Elfrink, Tim (September 1, 2015). "Aaron Davidson's Stunning Soccer Bribery Case Could Clean Up FIFA's Corruption". Miami New Times. Retrieved March 18, 2021.
  5. ^ Blake, J. Mike, and Andrew Kenney, "RailHawks owner Aaron Davidson indicted in FIFA soccer corruption case", The News & Observer, May 27, 2015. Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  6. ^ Buchanan, Larry, Tom Giratikanon and Karen Youris, "How the Indicted Officials Fit Into FIFA", New York Times, May 26, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  7. ^ Halliday, Josh (May 27, 2015). "Fifa corruption crisis: the key figures in the controversy". The Guardian. Retrieved May 27, 2015.
  8. ^ "Independent Ethics Committee bans Aaron Davidson from football-related activities". FIFA. May 28, 2015. Archived from the original on May 28, 2015. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
  9. ^ O'Keeffe, Michael (May 29, 2015). "FIFA scandal defendant enters not guilty plea in Brooklyn". Daily News. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
  10. ^ Raymond, Nate (October 21, 2016). "Ex-marketing executive pleads guilty in U.S. bribery probe of FIFA". Reuters. Retrieved October 22, 2016.
  11. ^ "FIFA Prosecution, United States v. Napout, et al. and Related Cases". United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  12. ^ a b Texas Birth Index (2002). "U.S. Public Records Index". Family Search. Retrieved December 23, 2015.
  13. ^ Kaufman, Michelle (May 29, 2015). "Miami soccer broker's fall shocks those around him". Miami Herald. Retrieved December 23, 2015.
  14. ^ "Aaron Davidson - Lawyer Profile". martindale. Retrieved May 27, 2015.
  15. ^ "Speakers 2015". Sissummit. Archived from the original on May 27, 2015. Retrieved May 27, 2015.
  16. ^ Ruiz, Rebecca R. (October 21, 2016). "American Pleads Guilty in FIFA Case for His Role in Bribes Worth Millions". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 1, 2021.


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