Gary Davidson

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Gary Davidson
Born (1934-08-13) August 13, 1934 (age 82)
Citizenship American
Occupation Businessman
Known for World Football League (Founder)
World Hockey Association (Co-founder)
American Basketball Association (Co-founder)
Spouse(s) Kate Davidson
Children Two sons, two daughters, two stepsons

Gary L. Davidson (born August 13, 1934)[1] is an American lawyer and businessman who is based in Orange County, California.[1]

Davidson co-founded, and served as the first president, of both World Hockey Association and the American Basketball Association. He also founded the World Football League where he was the league's first president and commissioner.[2]


In 1973 and 1974, the Gary L. Davidson Award was presented to the most valuable player of the World Hockey Association.[3]

In 2010, Davidson was part of the initial group of individuals elected to the World Hockey Association Hall of Fame.[4]