Ahmet Ertegun

The younger of the two Turkish-born brothers who were involved in the management of the New York Cosmos throughout that team’s existence in the original North American Soccer League. When the Cosmos were founded in 1971 as an NASL expansion franchise, Ahmet Ertegun became vice president of the team, but in 1977, when his older brother Neshui was moved up from president to chairman of the board, Ahmet was promoted to president.

Ahmet Ertegun later served as a member of the Board of Directors of the organizing committee of the 1994 World Cup, which was held in nine United States stadiums, including the one where the Cosmos had played from 1977 to 1985.

Inducted in 2003.