LeBron James: Champion NBA demigod, MVP, icon and… MLS team owner?
According to Ethan J. Skolnick, James has expressed real interest in investing in a Major League Soccer team with former soccer star David Beckham.
“There’s some interest on both sides,” James said. “David has become a good friend of mine over the last few years. I think it would be great for this city to have a football club for sure. There’s interest on both sides but it’s preliminary talks.”
First, he called it a football club. How international of you, Mr. James. Second, investing in a soccer club, even as a partial owner, means that James is putting roots down in South Florida. That’s good news to Heat fans who hope James doesn’t leave this summer when he can opt out of his contract.
The last soccer team in South Florida was the Fusion. 2001 was the final season for them.
(I went to a Fusion game as a kid. I sat in nachos. Never went back. Go figure why they aren’t around anymore.)
A soccer club in Miami makes sense given the large Hispanic population. But so does a baseball team. Still, I think a soccer team makes sense and it could be a good idea if Beckham is heading the development.
Per Skolnick’s report, part of the package to get Beckham to the States was a deal that he could purchase an MLS franchise for $25 million. He has been eyeing Miami for some time.