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Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 at 10:20 am  |  12 responses

LeBron James and David Beckham May Launch MLS Franchise in Miami


Liverpool F.C. minority owner LeBron James confirmed that he is in talks with David Beckham about the possibility of bringing an MLS franchise to South Beach. Per the Daily Mail and Miami Herald: “Beckham and his representatives are focused on securing the main investor groups needed to launch their franchise but it would be a massive coup to bring in one of the wealthiest and highest profile men in sport. James acquired a minority stake in Liverpool in 2011 as part of a deal with club owners Fenway Sports Group to help develop the club’s brand. He would bring the same expertise to the Miami franchise. The two sporting icons hit it off earlier this year after Beckham watched James star for Miami Heat and the basketball legend has invited the Beckhams to dinner to help them settle into the area. Beckham, 38, has become a regular at the American Airlines Arena and he watched another game last week after travelling to the city to check out possible stadium sites and to finalise negotiations with investors. He visited the campus of Florida International University and Marlins Park, the home of Miami Marlins. The former LA Galaxy midfielder was offered the chance to buy an MLS franchise at a discount when he arrived in the US in 2007. He has to complete the deal within a year of retiring from MLS action. [...] Q: How far along are talks with David Beckham of a potential investment in a soccer team? LeBron: ‘There is some interest on both sides. David has become a good friend of mine over the last few years and I think it would be great for this city to have a football club. There is interest on both sides, but it’s preliminary talks but there is some open dialogue.’ Q: What do you think the potential is for MLS in Miami? ‘We don’t know. The research is still being made out but I think it could be huge. But, you never know. I think this is a great town for soccer. There are a lot of soccer players here. There’s a great youth [system] of soccer here. And people love the city as well, so that definitely will help.’ Do you feel like Miami is definitely going to get an MLS team at this point? ‘We don’t know. I don’t know. It’s like buying a house. You don’t know until you sign the papers.’”

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  • pposse

    it would be awesome if lebron brings a soccer team to miami and then all his fake fans in Miami turn away from the Heat and stop going to the games completely, not just the 45 mins they are there but completely stop going and instead go to these MLS games to cheer on their true passion.

  • JML-G

    another (little one tho) slap in the face of bi-polar Cavs fans, who really think Lebron will be playing there again next season

  • Allan

    Does that mean he’ll stay in Miami?

  • spit hot fiyah

    great, they can teach each other about flopping techniques

  • BugEyes

    Him and Eric spoelstta should remake Miami vice while there at it lol

  • fruizm

    Huge mistake! I worked as an intern for Miami FC…a second division soccer team in Miami. No one would go to the games! There is no soccer culture in South Florida despite the fact that there are so many Latin Americans!

  • Dfrance

    From the looks of the Heat games, there ain’t much basketball culture there either. lol

  • Dfrance

    Not that this is a great financial deal or anything, but the way LeBron’s mind works, his money will continue to be long waaaaay beyond his basketball days. He’s got that Magic Johnson mindset.

  • bike

    Waste of time. Jai alai and greyhound racing are where it’s at down there guys. Feature mini jai alai tournys and dog races at Heat halftimes and attendance will blossom.

  • daBiz

    Si`

  • daBiz

    jai alai is HUGE there. it’s actually the only place I know of where jai alai is really played

  • deafballer

    ahhh pposse your hate is admirable. Although I do have to say Miami’s fairweather fans are dissapointing

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