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Beckham exercises option to buy MLS team in Miami

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MIAMI (AP) - David Beckham has exercised his option to purchase a Major League Soccer expansion team in Miami, and the deal with the former English national team captain will be finalized when he can secure a financing plan and location for a new stadium.

The latest development in the pursuit of a Miami team was announced by MLS Commissioner Don Garber at a news conference Wednesday. Beckham and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez also attended.

"Thank you for the warm welcome," Beckham told a crowd of more than 300 people, who attended the news conference at a downtown museum plaza on a sunny, 80-degree morning. "This is an exciting time, and something were really looking forward to bringing to Miami."

Beckham has scouted possible stadium sites and is seeking investors to assist with startup costs such as construction and player acquisitions. Among those who might become involved is Beckham's friend LeBron James, who has had recent conversations with the retired soccer star about bringing a team to Miami.

"We don't want public funding," Beckham said to applause. "We will fund the stadium ourselves. We have worked very hard to get to this stage where we can fund the stadium ourselves. We want to create a football club that is the people's football club."

The former Manchester United, Real Madrid and Los Angeles Galaxy star has the right to an expansion team at a discount fee of $25 million. MLS's Miami Fusion played in Fort Lauderdale from 1998-01 before folding because of poor attendance.

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Virginia February 05 2014 at 1:54 PM

Great I do hope he does become an owner of a MLS team

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rsmoot001 February 05 2014 at 5:36 PM

Go Beckham!!

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kimmy1119believe February 05 2014 at 10:11 PM

HE'S GORGEOUS

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skywrd44 kimmy1119believe February 06 2014 at 12:19 AM

lol

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Tony February 05 2014 at 3:17 PM

mailing address for MLS Commissioner Don Garber

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Carol February 05 2014 at 5:42 PM

What a great opportunity for Florida and the US.

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mmquesada8 February 05 2014 at 7:50 PM

if so just bendit like beckham because soccer is a kick in the grass go beck go more power to south florida

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U R Rich February 06 2014 at 12:57 AM

Isn't this the game where they skate around with sticks and bash each other's teeth in and kick each other and fight and all that fun stuff?

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maryb1321 February 06 2014 at 9:23 AM

Good Luck David in buying the team. I still think your sexy. But again GOOD LUCK to you and the team,,,

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bdgrizcp February 06 2014 at 9:57 AM

I can't imagine an MLS team doing any better now than it did in 2000 just before it folded. My problem is the Beckham brand has a very short attention span. Just like the carpetbaggers of old, Beckham will avail himself of lots of freebies, probably convince the brain dead pols in Miami to pony up taxpayer money and then blow town. No matter what else happens, Backham will make money on this team. The team will likely fail because of one thing and one thing only: lack of fans. Everyone claims that the diverse population of Miami makes it an ideal MLS site. The problem with that diverse population is that it has no excess cash. Of the 10 largest metro regions in the US Miami is the most broke on a per capita basis. Miami just shelled out a half a billion to build a stadium for a baseball team that remains the lowest attended MLB franchise. The Miami Dolphins cannot sell out eight home games a year. There are empty seats at most Heat games. The hockey team I know nothing about.

Let me be clear: Beckham is the only one who, in this charade, is going to be a winner no matter what. He's not even spending his own money as far as anyone can tell and that ought to raise warning flags. It's time for Maimians to stop being starstruck and do some math. Beckham says he doesn't want public money. Do you really believe that if push comes to shove he wouldn't take it? He will, however, take a piece of public land if they offer it. Does Miami want another franchise on life support? MLS has one drawback the other sports do not: lack of a national TV contract to pay the bills. Don't be fooled: Beckham's team will not do very well in Miami. The fact that an MLS franchise can be had for 25 million means the sport is still not living up to its hype.

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