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    David Beckham to the MLS!!!

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/200...mls/index.html


    "After discussing several options with my family and my advisors to either stay here in Madrid or join other major British and European teams I have decided to join LA Galaxy and play in the MLS from August this year."


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    Re: David Beckham to the MLS!!!

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    Here's a chance for the U.S. game to prove itself. If Beckham can't keep up here either then we're in a pretty good place.
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    Good for MLS. Now they need to build on this publicity.

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    Re: David Beckham to the MLS!!!

    MLS : European soccer leagues

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    Japanese baseball league: MLB

    We develop good players, they go over there. Their players age and start losing their skills, they come over here.
    Last edited by RedsManRick; 01-11-2007 at 05:04 PM.
    Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.

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    Re: David Beckham to the MLS!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by RedsManRick View Post
    MLS : European soccer leagues

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    MLB: Japanese baseball league.

    We develop good players, they go over there. Their players age and start losing their skills, they come over here.
    Did you say that right in relation to baseball? I think our marginal players go over there and excel, while their stars come over here to prove they might be as good as advertised.

    Soccer is dead on though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph View Post
    Did you say that right in relation to baseball? I think our marginal players go over there and excel, while their stars come over here to prove they might be as good as advertised.

    Soccer is dead on though.
    Whoops -- you're right Joseph. I meant the inverse. I'll correct the original post. If Jeter, ARod, Manny, Bonds, Clemens, and heck, Matsuzaka aren't worth 25 million... I guess Michael Jordan made 33 million for two years, but he's one arguably the most well known and marketable athletes in the history of the world. Beckham is big, but Jordan big? Maybe...
    Last edited by RedsManRick; 01-11-2007 at 05:07 PM.
    Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.

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    Put me in the "no" column.

    Wasn't Freddy Adu supposed to be the savior of soccer two to three years ago?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WVRed View Post
    Put me in the "no" column.

    Wasn't Freddy Adu supposed to be the savior of soccer two to three years ago?
    Freddy Adu could have very easily been the savior of American soccer but he wasn't really given a chance when he still had hype in his corner.

    Adu was 14 when he signed with D.C. United. He just didn't have the physical presence to play the game. You are talking about a 14 year old kid playing a man's game weighing in at a 130 lbs at best when the average professional is closer to 170. He couldn't brush off weak tackles and this severely limited his opportunity on the field.

    Can't say that I blame the coach IMO.

    Also Beckham coming over could possibly be great for our league. We paid him entirely too much money but in Europe he is the equivalent of McGwire in '98 or Griffey in the mid 90's as far as popularity. A lot of this signing is to get European soccer fans interested in our game as well as supply a better product on the field so possibly our own fans will watch the MLS. Myself I refuse to watch the MLS because the soccer is barely a step up from collegiate ball. I have personally played with a handful of players from D.C. United and was not nearly as impressed with their skill compared to mine as I would have been had it been a major league pitcher compared to me.

    This signing could very well be the beginning of a steady influx of European players into America. If we get enough "star" caliber players the world will take notice.

    IMHO
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    Whoa.
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    Re: David Beckham to the MLS!!!

    Report: 5 yrs. - $250M. That's some serious cake.

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    Re: David Beckham to the MLS!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by NJReds View Post
    Report: 5 yrs. - $250M. That's some serious cake.
    If that's true, then that has to be the dumbest contract ever. $50 million a year for Beckham? Sure he has the name recognition, but if the LA Galaxy is awash in that kind of money, wouldn't they have been better served trying to sign top-flight talent on the upside of their careers rather than the downside? If they don't have that money and are banking on the marketability of Beckham bringing in the cash, then they're taking an incredible risk.

    Here's another question. If you are a fan of one of the other 3 teams owned by the Anschutz group, are you ticked off at the money they're throwing at Beckham to play in LA? If you're an MLS fan, does this help improve the quality of the league as a whole? Or does it signal the beginning of the end? Will the Columbus Crew be able to compete for top foreign talent, or even top domestic talent, when AEG is throwing that kind of cabbage at a player most people believe is on the downside of his career?
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    Re: David Beckham to the MLS!!!

    Just my opinion, but this has "MLS marketing expense" written all over it. I don't believe for a second that the Galaxy is footing all the cash for this, or that the other MLS teams would give up their cost certainty so one team could go spend $50 million a year on a famous player. Of course, we don't know how much of that contract is guaranteed cash and how much of it is based on incentives or is just fictional money, e.g. huge NFL roster bonuses that both sides know are never going to be paid.
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    Re: David Beckham to the MLS!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by NJReds View Post
    Report: 5 yrs. - $250M. That's some serious cake.
    That's beyond absurd. If I'm not mistaken, that makes him easily the highest paid athlete in the United States, correct? Go figure he plays in the least watched sport in the United States.
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    Re: David Beckham to the MLS!!!

    I'm not surprised he's coming to the MLS, but I am surprised at his compensation. Was there a bidding war between the MLS and Real Madrid? I am very curious about the contracting process that resulted in Beckham's move.


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