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Old 01-11-2007, 11:36 AM   #1
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David Beckham to play for L.A. Galaxy

Apparently the deal is worth $250 MILLION over 5 seasons. How is that possible? I've been to MLS games - the seats are empty.

David Beckham to play for L.A. Galaxy - Yahoo! News
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Old 01-11-2007, 11:42 AM   #2
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It's thought to be possible because Beckham was brought in to fill those seats. I'm not sure this is supposed to work during Beckham's contract but if they can draw in more fans to the game. Couple that with the youth soccer movement and you might see soccer gaining in relevance even more in the next 5-10 years.
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It's thought to be possible because Beckham was brought in to fill those seats. I'm not sure this is supposed to work during Beckham's contract but if they can draw in more fans to the game. Couple that with the youth soccer movement and you might see soccer gaining in relevance even more in the next 5-10 years.

250 Million Dollars? I mean yeah, he'll draw some interest....but not that type of interest. Do they think we're going to see MLS games on ABC/NBC and crap like that now becuase of this guy...I really dont think so. Whoever made this decision should be fired 10 times over.
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Fired? I f*cking shoot them.
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Old 01-11-2007, 12:23 PM   #5
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250 Million Dollars? I mean yeah, he'll draw some interest....but not that type of interest. Do they think we're going to see MLS games on ABC/NBC and crap like that now becuase of this guy...I really dont think so. Whoever made this decision should be fired 10 times over.
Well, for the first time in the league, they have a tv deal. I believe with ESPN. I know they just put that rule in this year to make it so they have 1 player on each team who doesn't count against the cap. (I think the United traded for another)

Could be interesting to see, I've always liked the World Cup, but never really gotten into the MLS. I hope they step up their level of play and start putting a decent product on the field.

At this point, I really wish the MLS would go after some of the Brazilian starts. It doesn't even have to be a Ronaldhino or a Ronaldo, they could go get Robinho and I'd be fine with that. He's one of the most exciting players in the world. However, I wouldn't mind seeing guys like Thierry Henry, Ronaldo, Christiano Ronaldo or Ronaldhino in the US at all.
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Old 01-11-2007, 12:24 PM   #6
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I don't know the rules for MLS contracts, but I have to imagine that the entire $250 M is not guaranteed.
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Old 01-11-2007, 03:11 PM   #7
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That contract is heavily laced with endorsements. Along with the new rule about 1 player not counting against the cap, I imagine the structure being the maximum salary from the MLS, and endorsements covering the rest. $1 million a week is not too shabby. Real told him to stick it...and it looks like he did well for himself.

This will set a precedent to see some of the aging European superstars come to America for one final hurrah. Ronaldo is on the verge of that. Considering he's put on a few lbs from his heyday. Should bring the level of the MLS up a bit.

I think the MLS's following will strengthen a bit with this move and an updated TV Deal (they've had a TV deal before, but now they get paid to be on TV). Should be an interesting season coming up, with the Galaxy games being a focal point on ESPN2.
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It is the best thing to happen to American soccer since Pele played for the NY Cosmos.
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Old 01-11-2007, 04:10 PM   #9
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I am very leary of this move--it reminds me of how the old NASL did things, and they folded.

They need home grown talent, soccer-only stadiums, and proper loca promotion and support. The dumbest thing is the way the league ignores inner city folk, particularly recent and past immigrants from Latin America. They seem to mainly be aiming at the soccer mom crowd in the NYC area--that's one market, but there are tons of other fans the league is missing.

That being said, it will be hard, no matter what, to really make the league work. In the US, a good athlete (your typical multi-sport high school athlete) does not go into soccer. Why would you when it's so much easier to get scholarship money in football, basketball, and baseball? Plus, if you have any shot at the big three, say because you can run a 4.2 40 or something, why would you choose soccer? The chance at a serious payday is much better elsewhere. Therefore, unlike in other countries, the good athletes will never go into soccer, unless they have some special reason, like Claudio Reyna who was raised in Argentina (I believe...).
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its not only ticket sales that will increase, people will be buying beckham jerseys all over the world and mls will net some of that profit. theres a rule in mls that each team can have 1 player that doesnt count against the cap, so that big stars can come over. i like this move, we will see what happens. i think beckham will be appearing in movies and tv shows shortly
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Old 01-11-2007, 05:24 PM   #11
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250 million for 5 years. That is insane. I wish I was that good at soccer.

50 mill a year??!?! WTF?
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Old 01-11-2007, 05:28 PM   #12
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250 million for 5 years. That is insane. I wish I was that good at soccer.

50 mill a year??!?! WTF?
Well it includes endorsements. Plus the owner of the Galaxy is loaded, makes Snyder looks like a pauper.
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Old 01-11-2007, 07:00 PM   #15
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It would be nice to see the MLS gain some traction, if for no other reason than DC has a dynastic team. Let's go united!
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