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Coming to America: Beckham to sign with LA Galaxy .

Discussion in 'All Other Sports' started by CoreyMaroney, Jan 11, 2007.

  1. CoreyMaroney

    CoreyMaroney Banned Banned

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    LONDON -- Roll out the red carpet, Hollywood. The David Beckham show is coming to town.

    It's not "Bend it Like Beckham" this time, though. It's more like "Spend it Like Beckham."

    The most recognized player on the planet -- fashion icon, tabloid fixture, marketing giant and husband of a former Spice Girl -- is taking his game and fame to Tinseltown, and he's going to be earning an estimated $250 million for the five years of his contract.

    The 31-year-old former England captain agreed to a deal Thursday to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer, turning down a two-year contract extension from Real Madrid for a chance to lift soccer's profile in the United States.

    "There are so many great sports in America," the former Manchester United star said. "There are so many kids that play baseball, American football, basketball. But soccer is huge all around the world apart from America, so that's where I want to make a difference with the kids."

    Beckham, who has failed to win any major titles in more than three seasons in Madrid, said the time was right for a change.

    "I've played now for two of the biggest clubs in the world and played at the highest level for 15 years, and now I think that I need another challenge," Beckham said.

    Beckham will become the biggest star to play soccer in the United States since Pele and Franz Beckenbauer played in the now-defunct North American Soccer League in the 1970s.

    The Galaxy, citing industry experts, said the LA deal is worth more than $250 million in salary and commercial endorsements -- about $1 million a week -- and is "thought to be the biggest in sporting history."

    "David Beckham is a global sports icon who will transcend the sport of soccer in America," MLS commissioner Don Garber said.

    Beckham and his pop star wife, Victoria, should fit in just fine in LA. Beckham opened a soccer academy in Carson, California, last year, and Victoria was photographed house-hunting in the area.

    A celebrity who draws paparazzi like a movie star, Beckham and his wife regularly find their way onto tabloid and magazine covers. With trendy clothes, rotating hair colors and styles and a glamorous wife, he's the epitome of the modern mix of celebrity and athlete. He's even had a movie named after him: "Bend It Like Beckham."

    His soccer skills are only part of the equation. He's David Beckham Inc., a multinational corporation with links to Pepsi, Gillette, Motorola and Adidas.

    MLS even changed its rules on salary caps, clearing the way for Beckham to sign the lucrative deal and become the first player to be signed under the new rule.

    "I'm going out there to hopefully build a club and team that's got a lot of potential," Beckham said. "I think that's what excites me."

    Los Angeles opens its season April 8 in Houston, but Beckham is not expected to join the team until August. His four-year contract with Madrid expires at the end of this season.

    "For the rest of this season I will continue to give 100 percent to my coach, teammates and fans as I believe [coach] Fabio Capello will bring this club and its supporters the success they truly deserve," said Beckham, who trained with Madrid in the Spanish capital Thursday.

    But Beckham has not found much success since he moved to Madrid in 2003 from Manchester United, where he had had won six league titles, two FA Cups and the Champions League title. He has no major trophies with the nine-time European Cup champions.

    "I've enjoyed my time in Spain. It's been an incredible experience for me and my family," Beckham said.

    Under Capello this season, things have gotten worse. Beckham has started only seven of 25 matches and was left off the squad for Thursday's Copa del Rey match against Real Betis.

    Before the season started, Beckham led England to the quarterfinals of the World Cup, scoring from a free kick in the second round to beat Ecuador 1-0.

    But he was taken off the field early in the second half against Portugal with ankle and Achilles tendon injuries, and then watched as his team was eliminated in a penalty shootout.

    A day after the game, Beckham stepped down as captain of the team -- a post he had held for 58 of his 94 international appearances. Then, on Aug. 11, England coach Steve McClaren dropped Beckham from the team altogether, signaling the end of his international career.

    Then came more heartache in Madrid.

    He was injured in November when he was allowed to travel to Rome to visit Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, but Beckham was forced to skip the wedding and return to Madrid to sit on the bench -- another sign that his days in Madrid under Capello were numbered.


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  2. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    that is THE ABSOLUTE most insane contract I've ever seen

    5yr/$250million

    50million/yr???? No one makes that much!!!
     
  3. BoltzRule

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    The contract includes endorsements, but it's still an insane amount of money to a guy that isn't even the best in the world.
     
  4. When Lightning Strikes

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    They are just trying to do something that no one in the world has ever been able to do...Get more than 5 people in the United States interested in Soccer.

    I wish i could Bend it.
     
  5. BoltzRule

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    Rome said the same thing. I don't think he will, but we'll see.
     
  6. SDRaiderH8er

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    Is soccer even a sport?

    What channel do they broadcast on the television?

    Do they play between arena football, and bowling? Or do they follow the Cheerleader Championships in Orlando Florida?
     
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  7. Thumper

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    I saw a Real Madrid vs. AS Roma Championship League game last time I was I Madrid. The energy at the game was great. Soccer will never be the same here as it is in other countries, but it's good to see they're trying to get some name recognition in the US league, even if Beckham's best days are behind him.
     
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    You can actually get quite a few of the Euro matches here. I think ESPN 2 and some of the other sports channels have them sometimes. they are just on at odd hours for us because of the time difference and we don't get that many games.

    I used to work at the border and a bunch of the guys i worked with that lived in Tijuana were really into soccer. Apparently the satalite & cable TV systems that are available down there show many more games than we get here in the US.
     
  9. Boltdiehard

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    Easy there buddy I played soccer for ten years and my dad played until his mid 50s.

    You're right tho **** sucks on tv. :yes: :lol:

    That dude is gonna score so much ***.......
     
  10. y2craig

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    MLS is pulling of what the NASL did in the 70s with Pele. You would think they would try to bring in some other notables to spark interest in other teams. This way LA is not the only team to sell out on the road and Beckham-mania has a few other rivals to work with and does not become a fad. Too bad as look what happened to the NASL.

    I would not count on what Jim Rome mentions as the only sweat he ever broke, not to mention usable skill, in his life is opening his mouth.

    What it comes down to is you either like the other football or you do not and most people in America have not taken to it.
     

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