SHOULD BECKHAM HAVE GIVEN UP ON HIS MIAMI PROJECT?
It took six years but eventually David Beckham got his Inter Miami side to play an actual game in the Major League Soccer (MLS). Oh, it was a long road. From complaints of him paying only $25 million for his MLS franchise rather than the going rate of $325 million based on his playing contract to move to America at his prime age of 31, there was a lot of issues regarding his stadium sites and community liaison. The ownership group that was to provide the investment capital, delays and delays that made the MLS chief nearly call the entire project off.
There are real questions as to how the former Three Lions star was able to pull it off at the end. He helped amplify the league and was willing to reap the rewards, considering the strides the MLS has made in the past decade. Football, Basketball, baseball, hockey are top sports in the United States, with soccer predicted to move up the rung to challenge American football and basketball.
The Miami project still have issues such as their permanent stadium they are building which the lease is still pending and the land contaminated with arsenic. There are funding constraints and top players required to aid the project really pick up. However, a lot of credit goes to the Premier League legend for his tenacity thus far.
With the wage cap in the MLS – also known as the ‘Beckham Rule’ due to the huge wages paid to the star by LA Galaxy for his move – hopefully Beckham can lure top stars to lead his implantation plan to please the fans and build identity capital in the league. With over 20,000 average game attendance, Beckham needs more ideas and know-how to really reap the reward since he refused to give up.