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TBL: Beckham Considers Staying in Milan, MLS Should Let Him


Here is my latest post for The Big Lead.  The title explains fairly, what the article is about.


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Wednesday Headlines: Did Nike Make Ronaldo Choose Corinthians?


Flamengo think Nike engineered Ronaldo’s move to Corinthians. (Goal)

Everybody Loves Beckham. (The Beautiful Game)

Wenger tells fans to expect more from Bendtner.  So he’s going to wear an all-pink wardrobe and leak Arsene’s new age handouts as well as the lineup to the opposition? (Arsenal-Mania)

Ten worst transfer fees of all time. (The Spoiler)

The Madoff scandal may have prevented the Mets’ owners from buying Newcastle (SportsbyBrooks)

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Headlines: Arsenal Interested in Stephen Ireland?


If Arsene Wenger desires players with class, surely, this rules out a transfer for Stephen Ireland. (News of the World)

Cheryl Cole is having difficulty getting a work permit in the U.S., because of a 2003 assault conviction. (WAGS Blog)

Juventus’ equipment manager was caught stealing thousands of jerseys for black market sale. (The Beautiful Game)

David Beckham charges $730,000 for an interview. (The Spoiler)

A Spanish official gave out 19 red cards. (The Guardian)

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Beckham Will Be a Bachelor In Italy

david-beckhamDavid Beckham is now flying solo, for his stay in Italy.

“Everyone knows how much I love my wife and children,” Beckham told the Times.  “My children will remain in Los Angeles due to school and Victoria will remain with them.  When she comes to Milan she will remain with me for a couple of days.”

For Beckham the footballer, this probably quashes notions of Beckham permanently relocating.

For Beckham the international celebrity, the tabloids quiver in anticipation.

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Beckham Isn’t a Farce. Only People Who Pontificate About Him.

david-beckham-airport09David Beckham, to lukewarm fanfare, moved to A.C. Milan on loan for two months, upsetting many in the American Soccer Community.  The Beckham experiment has had its problems, but, surely, it’s not worthy of shortsighted vitriol like this.

Mr. Gardner terms Beckham a “farce” and “on every count.”  He deems this so obvious “there’s no need to labor all those points.”  Nevertheless, he manages to do so for nearly 1,000 words.

First, we have the topic of Beckham’s loan to AC Milan.  His justification for the loan was clear.  He wants to play for England.  Fabio Capello would not select Beckham unless he was playing football.  He had the opportunity to go to a top-level European club during the interim.  He went.  Does this make Landon Donovan a “farce,” as well?

Beckham, like most players, enjoys representing the national team.  Offered the chance to play a useful role, he chose to do so.  There’s nothing “relentless” or “sycophantic” about it.  Selfish, maybe.  But how is it servile?  

He does miss MLS time because of it, but so does every MLS player who plays internationally.  It’s not Beckham’s fault that MLS does not follow international breaks.  It’s also not his fault that FIFA favors the country in club versus country disputes.  Beckham has flown cross-country and played immediately, despite fitness risks, on occasion, to mitigate that effect.

David Beckham has the right to play for England, if he chooses.  If called up, he should play.

Then we move to Beckham’s broader role in MLS.  His primary task was to make the league money and increase its exposure.  He has done both.

Mr. Gardner dismissively mentions “marketing and shirt-selling.” These aren’t savory aspects of the sport, but, unfortunately, professional leagues are a business and salaries aren’t paid in good will and fairy dust.

Beckham is not just selling shirts.  He’s sold about half-a-million shirts, more than any other athlete in the world, in any sport.  It’s probably safe to assume LA Galaxy wouldn’t be moving that kind of product without him.  Neither would they have the $4-5 million per year shirt sponsorship deal with Herbalife.

He’s raised attendance both home and away, allowing the Galaxy to sell out games and guaranteeing over 10,000 tickets sold on the road.

Viewership ratings haven’t been great.  However, ESPN’s ratings spike 150% when Beckham plays.  ESPN also now pays MLS for the rights to televise games, and the league just sold foreign TV rights for a ten-figure sum.  No one would pay that unless the league’s exposure, popularity and interest abroad had increased.

The Galaxy also profits from using Beckham as a wedge to play lucrative friendlies in foreign markets.  Australians and New Zealanders probably wouldn’t be jazzed about seeing a Beckham-less Galaxy.

The club made an estimated $13 million, more than his MLS salary for the first two seasons, before he had even arrived.  He’s making the league money, increasing its value and exposure.

Regarding his play on the pitch, he’s still one of eleven players.  Beckham didn’t hire Alexi Lalas to run the Galaxy.  The team had a failed coaching hire and a dearth of talent, outside Landon Donovan, supporting Beckham.  If anything, it is a testament to the league’s quality that one player, alone, can’t dominate it.

Finally, Gardner argues that Beckham is “actively damaging MLS” by not praising it enough.  The apparent evidence is that Beckham said he missed playing “at the highest level” when he was unveiled at Milan.  

What is Beckham supposed to say?  MLS is obviously not the highest level of world soccer.  Anyone who argues that it is on par in quality with the top European leagues is, to be frank, a dumbass.  He’s shaken hands, done interviews, kissed babies and done everything MLS asked him to do.  He would do more “active damage” to the league by being effusively dishonest in his praise of it.

Beckham hasn’t been happy losing at LA Galaxy.  What right-minded player, particularly one who played for the world’s two biggest clubs and won seven domestic titles and the Champions League, would be happy?  He hasn’t demanded a transfer.  He hasn’t whined to the media.  He’s been a good soldier.  He stated publicly he will return for the start of the MLS season.  What more can be asked of him?

David Beckham’s move to America has not been what it was hyped to be.  But, much of that hype was irrational and stupid.  

It’s foolish to term Beckham’s move a complete success.  But, it is equally foolish to deny the good things he has done for the league.  In order for MLS to become a stable, long-term presence and develop into a player internationally, it needs to be profitable.  There is no doubt that the increased revenue and exposure from David Beckham, has prodded MLS toward that goal.

Just because you don’t like David Beckham does not mean you can credibly call him a “farce” and impose sinister motives on him without justification.

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Headlines: Beckham In Line for Scrutiny at Milan

david_beckhamAC Milan striker Mario Borriello thinks David Beckham may have been packing artificial heat in the Armani ads. (Sports Crackle Pop)

Former German footballer Thorsten Legat was arrested for attacking someone with a samurai sword, at a McDonalds. (The Spoiler)

Theo Walcott rocks a slick leather arm sling to match his suit. (Kickette)

Steve Clarke was the key to Chelsea’s success. (Chickendinner)

The least indicative survey poll ever conducted. (Soccer365)

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Headlines: C-Ron Bags a Mail-Order Bride

cristiano-ronaldo-entertainerCristiano Ronaldo has a new flame, a millionaire’s Ukranian mail-order bride. (The Spoiler)

The FA, with its usual due process, finally suspends Patrice Evra for an incident last April, thereby redirecting everyone’s attention to a blight forgotten. (The Original Winger)

The best soccer quotes of the season. (Soccerlens)

David Beckham bungee-jumped in New Zealand. (Off the Post)

Tomas Rosicky will be out until March, at the earliest. (BBC Sport)

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Headlines: Cruises, Beckhams, Thanksgiving, I’m Sure That Wasn’t Awkward


The Beckhams and the Cruises spent Thanksgiving together. (WAGS Blog)

Scottish player likes to show what’s underneath his kilt to unsuspecting ladies. (Unprofessional Foul)

Arsenal are set to outbid Barcelona and shatter their transfer record for £22m signing Xavi!  I’m sure that one has adequate sourcing. (Caught Offside)

UEFA tests out goal line referees. (The Guardian)

Man U get clearance to sign Serbian Winger Zoran Tosic. (The Independent)

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Did David Beckham Stand Up Salma Hayek?

salma-hayek-wolfpack-fanDavid Beckham may be avoiding Salma Hayek.

The actress paid more than $350,000 at an auction last February for the Raising Malawi charity to get a one-hour soccer lesson from Golden Balls.  Unfortunately, their people haven’t been able to arrange a mutually acceptable time.

With Beckham off to Milan at the year’s end, this expensive proposition may never be consummated.

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Lalas Blames Beckham, Ignores Own Role in Galaxy Failure

alexi-lalasAlexi Lalas hit out at his former signee David Beckham for his performance with the LA Galaxy.

“I think Arena’s first order of business is to find some leadership, to fill a void that exists,” Lalas said.  “Everybody has to understand that the team comes first.”

“When you talk about David Beckham, it’s about so much more than what he is on the field, for better or worse.”

This contrasts Lalas’ earlier aspiration, when he was in charge, to turn the Galaxy into a “SuperClub.”

“A SuperClub is relevant beyond the sports culture,” Lalas told ESPN.  “A SuperClub is as interesting off the field as it is on it.  We are not there yet, but we’re closer than we were yesterday.”

Beckham may be a distraction, but there are distractions anytime you have an iconic player.  Real Madrid, Manchester United, A.C. Milan and other clubs have distractions.  Lalas understood the distraction and welcomed it.

The far more pressing issue for the Galaxy is their lack of talent, something Lalas should be blamed for and which he conveniently ignores.  

David Beckham’s value on the pitch is as a facilitator.  His passing places other players in position to maximize their effectiveness.  When those players are terrible, it negates Beckham’s ability.  

Beckham can deliver all the rousing St. Crispin’s Day speeches he wants in the dressing room, the Galaxy stink and should address the root of the problem, not use him as a scapegoat.

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