MLS owners met this weekend and endorsed David Beckham’s hastily assembled Miami stadium plan for Overtown, on the grounds that “at this point, we’d be happy if the team played on an oversized airboat in the Everglades if it would put an end to this ordeal, hell, the entire state’s going to be underwater soon enough as it is.”
Okay, they didn’t quite say that, but read between the lines, people:
“We are very supportive of Miami Beckham United’s plans to locate their stadium in the City of Miami’s Overtown neighborhood,” MLS commissioner Don Garber said. “Their vision for a world-class venue within the urban core that is accessible by mass transportation is impressive, and we believe it will be an important part of the continued revitalization of the area.
“We look forward to working with David and his partners to finalize plans to bring Major League Soccer to Miami.”
If initial reports can be believed, Beckham will actually pay the full cost of the stadium, including land and applicable taxes, which would make a nice little mini-trend, following similar decisions in Orlando and Sacramento. Presumably the lure of being able to get into the owner’s club for the bargain-basement price of $25 million (plus the cost of the stadium, of course) was just too great for Beckham to pass up — though come to think of it, wasn’t Beckham’s discounted-franchise-fee deal supposed to expire a month ago? You’d actually kind of think that MLS owners would realize that if they rejected Beckham’s stadium plan they could re-sell a Miami franchise for a heck of a lot more — but I guess they figure having the cachet of Beckham’s presence is worth more than another $75 million in cash. Not realizing when Beckham needs MLS more than it needs him is what got them in this mess in the first place, after all.