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Old 01-11-2007, 11:33 PM   #76
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so according to that map, soccer is co-#1, how do you figure that makes it less popular than in the US ?

"participants" doesn't mean "paying customers"

the proliferation of youth soccer in the us has not translated to popularity at the paying adult level , something it HAS done in China
Paying customers don't make a nation strong in a sport; players do (when properly trained, something that the US is obviously not doing very well). I doubt China's professional soccer league is much better than MLS. Soccer is co-#1 in China along with basketball in participation, so presumably the popularity at the consumer level is comparable. But Chinese basketball is well below the NBA (though this may change in 20 years).

Back to Beckham -- SportsCenter just reported that the LA Galaxy sold 2000 season tickets since they signed him, despite the fact that he won't be able to play until August.
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I heard on the news that he is going to win 3 millions a year (or more, but not 250)...

and those 250 millions are what he'll make from the Beckham "brand"...


the team let him stay with the rights to use his image... otherwise THEY would've had to pay a big figure...



THAT makes more sens to me... the guy can live of his image alone... but he needs to play still
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Old 01-12-2007, 02:52 AM   #78
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This means that i'll pretty much never get to see him play again. I don't think ANY US football is shown on tv here - even with 5 sports channels on foxtel.

Although with Beckham playing over there, maybe this will change

In any case, I'm not happy
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I can tell you that even in China, they argue about which sport is more popular, so I doubt anyone here can actually figure that out!

But I can tell you football IS popular even if it wasn't the most popular sport in China.

I'm quite disappointed about this beckham going america thing... I always believe beckham is a good football player. I don't think he would have received this much media attention if he doesn't look good, but he is a decent player. Good crossings, good freekicks, and most importantly, he works hard.

He may not be as good as he was in his twentys, but he certainly would still be able to fit into many good european teams.

Going to america probably means I wouldn't see him plays again. I don't think the sports channels here would start to have MLS after Beckham's arrival.
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i checked the salaries at this site

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv....salaries.html

Adu only made 550,000 in 2006.

The entire league made slightly less than 27.5 million. Thats everybody in the entire league combined.

Now Beckham will make 50 million by himself? Something is screwy.
The deal is really $51 millon over 5 years - the $250 million figure comes from all the endorsements he'll make.
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My cat is named Beckham, do we have to now pay more money for his food? Do we have to get him a new cat bed?

The other cat by the way is named Posh.




I've always loved those names, Phil.
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Old 01-12-2007, 01:59 PM   #82
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LONDON (AP) - Edgar Davids could be the next big European soccer star to follow David Beckham to Major League Soccer.

One day after Beckham agreed a US$250-million, five-year deal with the Los Angeles Galaxy, the Dutch midfielder was in talks Friday with FC Dallas.

"We are actually in negotiations with Edgar Davids - we've been speaking for a couple of weeks," said Dallas coach Steve Morrow, a former Northern Ireland international midfielder who played for Arsenal.

"We were excited to hear about his availability, so we spoke to his agents and have been told he is available."

Davids, who wears protective eyeglasses on the field because he has the eye condition glaucoma, has won domestic and European club titles with Ajax, Juventus and FC Barcelona.

Nicknamed "Pit Bull" because of his aggressive style of playing, Davids plays for Tottenham in the Premier League but has lost his first-team place.

"It appears Tottenham are willing to listen to offers," Morrow told BBC radio. "It's the transfer window in the United States now and if a deal is going to happen it has to be done before the end of the month."
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I don't think they'll get their money back out of it. Soccer just isn't popular in the US after you're about 11. But this is a good try.
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liar... you entered a soccer thread.

it went from zero to .0000000001


im interested in 250 million dollars
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FC Dallas in talks with Edgar Davids

Associated Press
1/12/2007 10:28:51 AM

LONDON (AP) - Edgar Davids could be the next big European soccer star to follow David Beckham to Major League Soccer.

One day after Beckham agreed a US$250-million, five-year deal with the Los Angeles Galaxy, the Dutch midfielder was in talks Friday with FC Dallas.

"We are actually in negotiations with Edgar Davids - we've been speaking for a couple of weeks," said Dallas coach Steve Morrow, a former Northern Ireland international midfielder who played for Arsenal.

"We were excited to hear about his availability, so we spoke to his agents and have been told he is available."

Davids, who wears protective eyeglasses on the field because he has the eye condition glaucoma, has won domestic and European club titles with Ajax, Juventus and FC Barcelona.

Nicknamed "Pit Bull" because of his aggressive style of playing, Davids plays for Tottenham in the Premier League but has lost his first-team place.

"It appears Tottenham are willing to listen to offers," Morrow told BBC radio. "It's the transfer window in the United States now and if a deal is going to happen it has to be done before the end of the month."
Oh shit. This is bad news. Everyone is moving to America.

I mean $250 million. What a waste of money on an idiot who cant even do his toddler's homework.
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Old 01-12-2007, 11:42 PM   #86
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Excellent post.

I am not sure if they are going after the U.S. interest in MLS here by signing Beckham. I think this is a way to elevate the MLS on an international level. I am sure the MLS would love to be able to capture U.S. corporate dollars as we move to a global economy. They will do that by building interest in the MLS outside of the U.S. - and possibly recruit other international players with this type of cash. I am sure they would love for MLS to compete with other international league (knowing that the Premiership will always be THE league).

Cosmos and the league they played in tried something similar, but the world did not have the communication and entertainment media, as well as the corporate money, we have today.

As for U.S. talent vs. world talent....U.S. athletes strive to play our major sports, knowing that is where they think they can find money, fame and scholarships. These opportunites aren't as abundant in other countries - so they move towards football/soccer.

Finally...L.A. is the eprfect market for beckham to launch in the U.S. With a large Mexican-American population, the Galaxy actually succeed in drawing crowds! Now add Beckham!

I will pay to see Beckham...on the road.

That's excactly what I thought. I don't think they really want to generate attention from the US. They're trying to make the MLS a credible league because throughout the world it's mostly been thought of as a joke.

I'm really disappointed in Becks for jumping ship like this but for that amount of cash and his family and the fact that he wasn't fitting in with Capello's playing scheme ...I can't blame him.

I assure you, he was also thinking about his family when made this call.

And Headache, I think the reason why you guys don't like soccer is because none of you citizens of the US are very good at it.
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Re: Re: Hewson...you can be such a funny ass sometimes! :up:

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That's excactly what I thought. I don't think they really want to generate attention from the US. They're trying to make the MLS a credible league because throughout the world it's mostly been thought of as a joke.

I'm really disappointed in Becks for jumping ship like this but for that amount of cash and his family and the fact that he wasn't fitting in with Capello's playing scheme ...I can't blame him.

I assure you, he was also thinking about his family when made this call.

And Headache, I think the reason why you guys don't like soccer is because none of you citizens of the US are very good at it.
Nah, they still wouldn't like it. Requires attention spans of at least 45 minutes at a time.

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$50 million per season... double what a-rod gets.

wow. wowwee wow wow.

i doubt it will have any real effect on soccer in america... buuuut, it got my attention, and i'd rather stick needles in my eyes than watch soccer, soooo we'll see.

I have the same feeling about soccer. Or stick bamboo under my fingernails..
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Old 01-14-2007, 12:06 AM   #89
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I drive by The Home Depot Center 3 times a week; I drove by this morning and the HUGE marquee flashes "David Beckham Welcome to America!"

plus...."Galaxy season tickets now available..." (photo next week!)
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Posh certainly got herself on a good wicket. No wonder she didn't go running when the affair stuff came up, look what she'd have missed out on!

Soccer is a really REALLY boring game. But then, so is american football. I mean, i don't even get why its a sport, and one that is watched so frequently.
Baseball - now thats a game. Love it.

But the king of all sports games. AFL. Watch an evenly matched game once, and you'll never go back. 2 hours of on the edge of your seat, screaming chanting watching the clock count down...omg. Nothing beats it!
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