David Beckham coming to MLS is not all that surprising…that MLS has the capability to add a 0 to the dollar amount on a 5 year/25million dollar contract shocks the hell out of me. With 250mill over 5 years, can’t they convince ESPN to…I don’t know…SUFFOCATE us with highlights? Pay ABC to show more games in better timeslots? PROMOTE THE SPORT?
Two Hundred and Fifty million damn dollars…the MLS had that?
As for what Beckham will do in MLS…
Who the hell knows. Probably play in a lot of games that people in America will not watch. This move probably makes MLS more popular Internationally and maintains the status quo of Americans not giving a damn. Is it worth 250 million just to have International sentiment towards the MLS go from…
“Well, I don’t know anything about the league, I hear it’s terrible” to “wow, that MLS sure is terrible.”
UPDATE: Some dude from MLS on these dollars…”That’s a separate deal. That’s his deal with CAA (Creative Artists Agency) and 19 Entertainment. That’s not something we’re involved in.”
That is very good to know. Earlier today I pretty much assumed that the MLS folks knew the world was coming to an end in 5 years, so they felt like kicking around all their money.