Chairman, Hunt Sports Group
A founding investor-operator of Major League Soccer, FC Dallas Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt remains one of the most innovative and influential members of the MLS Board of Governors.
Son of the late American sports pioneer Lamar Hunt, Clark Hunt shares his father’s passion for soccer and the family’s vision for the sport’s success in the United States. At Lamar’s request, Clark engaged in the formative discussions for MLS lending his proven business acumen to the league’s financial and legal structure. Now in its 24th season, MLS has earned a stake in the landscape of professional sports and is well-positioned for future growth.
In 1999, Clark Hunt worked closely his with father to construct the first “soccer-specific stadium” in the United States in Columbus, Ohio. Realizing the vision of Lamar Hunt, the debut of professional soccer at Columbus Crew Stadium on May 15, 1999, represented a pivotal moment in the history of MLS and solidified the long-term viability of soccer in the United States. Six years later, in 2005, Hunt Sports Group unveiled what is now Toyota Stadium, a 145-acre soccer complex in Frisco, Texas, and the home of FC Dallas.
With its 17 tournament-grade fields, permanent event stage and first-class design, Toyota Stadium has become a model for soccer-specific stadiums in North America. By the beginning of the 2019 season, less than 20 years after the inaugural match in Crew Stadium, 20 MLS teams had a soccer-specific stadium to call home – a credit to the vision of Lamar Hunt and leadership of the Hunt Sports Group.
As stadium construction, new investment, player development and a broadening fan base continue to shape the soccer marketplace in North America, Clark Hunt is intimately involved in the development and direction of MLS. Hunt currently serves as the Co-Chairman of the Product Strategy Committee and as a member of the league’s Labor and Governance Committees.
In addition to his roles in MLS, Hunt serves as Chairman and CEO of the Kansas City Chiefs. In 2007, Commissioner Goodell appointed Hunt to the NFL’s Digital Media and International Committees, as well as the Executive Committee of the NFL Management Council. In 2011, Hunt was named Chairman of the International Committee and joined the league’s Finance Committee. Hunt also serves on the league’s Personal Conduct Committee and Commissioner Roger Goodell’s Chairmen’s Committee. In February 2019, Hunt was named chairman of the Finance Committee and relinquished his role as chairman of the International Committee where he remains a member.
Hunt graduated first in his class at Southern Methodist University in 1987, earning a degree in business administration with a concentration in finance. He was a two-time recipient of the university’s highest academic honor, the Provost Award for Outstanding Scholar. During his time at SMU, he was a four-year letterman on the Mustangs' nationally ranked soccer team, earning first-team Academic All-America honors as a junior and senior and serving as a tri-captain his final season. He was named one of the SMU Cox School of Business Outstanding Young Alumni in 2004, and in 2005, he was appointed to the Cox School Executive Board of Trustees. In 2018, he was honored as a Cox School of Business Distinguished Alumni recipient. Hunt also has served on the SMU Board of Trustees since 2009.
Hunt and his wife, Tavia, are involved in numerous philanthropic efforts focused on children’s health and youth education including Crystal Charity Ball, “Just Say Yes,” and the Special Olympics. Through the FC Dallas Foundation, the Hunts have helped provide well-lit mini-pitches in low socio-economic areas of the Dallas – Fort Worth community that provide safe playing environments and facilitate active lifestyles for local youth.
Clark Knobel Hunt was born on Feb. 19, 1965 and graduated from the St. Mark’s School of Dallas in 1983. The Hunts have three children – Gracelyn, Knobel and Ava.