MLS is without a doubt the "fifth" major sports league in the United States right now behind the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL. How in the hell can the Galaxy afford this?
AS far as I remember, Gretzky never had the baggage David has.. I mean the negative part of his hype (Posh Spice, integrity, inconsistency, you name it).. Gretzky had more like a living legend still playing his sport kind of image :D
Besides.. Wayne was less than halfway into his career and rolling as a true impact player. Which Becks is not by any means.
And I heard it's so bad for soccer in the US, that if there are any actual soccer fans, they mostly root for euro/worldwide teams (understandably).
All I can say is good luck to the Galaxy :). Will be interesting to see how it all turns out.
When the Los Angeles Kings acquired Wayne Gretzky it certainly boosted the NHL in the USA... maybe the Galaxy think it will do the same. It seems awfully risky... soccer has never really caught on in the US as a spectator sport though millions of kids play AYSO.
I heard about this in the news... he probs wants to do this now, so that hes not too old to play that people think he's doing it for the money...... pffft, who gives a damn about you Beckham! I certainly don't
LOLL it's just funny that of ALL players in the world, Beckham who's over thirty, absolutely plays like shit and lost almost all his intergity for at least the past 5 years gets this deal :D
Besides the fact that the Galaxy will get TONS of press for this and probably sell some tickets, this is just crazy. I hope their expected profits from the hype justifiy spending quarter billion bucks on Beckham in his worst years.
ALSO, I wonder if he'll continue rocking number 23, ahem. Of course he's not imitating MJ to impress the american public or anything.