It’s reported that as part of his contract with Major League Soccer (MLS), Beckham gets an option to buy an expansion team for $25 million.
Beckham holds discussions with MLS over potential expansion cities. Later, when he’s asked why he chose Miami, he replies, “I mean, why not?”
Beckham partners on the project with American Idol’s Simon Fuller and Brightstar CEO Marcelo Claure, who float possible team names. Twitter favorite: Miami Vice.
Team Beckham’s Plan A, a PortMiami stadium, is defeated in an 11–1 vote by Miami-Dade County commissioners. Plan B, a downtown stadium, is vetoed by the city of Miami.
“We have always said there are other cities that would welcome an MLS club owned by David and his partners,” says Team Beckham, threatening to vacate Miami.
MLS says awarding Beckham a team is contingent upon a stadium. Meanwhile, coinvestor Claure becomes Sprint’s CEO and moves to Kansas City. Upside: Sprint Stadium?