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LeBron James, David Beckham in talks about MLS franchise

David Beckham may be about to become even more omnipresent. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Nope, not one single thing.  (Matt Dunham / AP)

LeBron James isn’t giving up on soccer in Miami and, because he’s LeBron James, he’s considering a partnership with another global superstar.

James, who is a part owner of Liverpool in the English Premier League, confirmed Monday that he is in discussions with David Beckham about bringing an MLS franchise back to South Florida.

“There’s some interest in both sides,” James said Monday (via CBS Miami) of his talks with Beckham, who has often been a fixture at Miami Heat games. “David has become a good friend of mine over the last few years, and I think it would be great for this city to have a football club for sure.”

When Beckham signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy six years ago, his contract specified that he could buy a franchise at a steep discount upon his retirement. He quit playing in May and his option reportedly expires at the end of the year.

“The research is still being made out, but I think it can be huge,”James said, although the city’s last MLS franchise folded in 2002 after four years. “But you never know. I think this is a great town for soccer. There are a lot of soccer players here. There is a lot of great youth soccer here.”


After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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