David Beckham’s ambitions plans to become the owner of a MLS franchise could come to a halt after the MLS Commissioner, Don Garber, said that the complexity surrounding the plans to build a stadium in Miami is threatening to destroy the whole deal.
Beckham was expected to invest around £ 20 million of his own money in order to start a MLS franchise. This was as per the contract agreement that he signed when he moved to the league in 2007 with LA Galaxy. After retiring from football recently, Beckham revealed his ambitions to become a football club owner.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid superstar intended to start a franchise in Miami, which has been without one in the last few years. The plan was met with great reception early on, but it made a number of stumbling blocks once it was learnt that Beckham planned to build a new stadium in the waterfront of the city.
Troubles securing the land have led to the negotiations moving at snail pace in the last few months. Garber says that Beckham clearly does not seem to have the support of the local council, who had once backed the deal, and it could stop the franchise becoming a reality.
“If we can’t get the right stadium, we can’t go to Miami. We have been challenged to find a site that we believe will be successful. I’m neither optimistic [nor] pessimistic. We had two sites on the waterfront. Both were supported by the city mayor and the county mayor, and then we lost that support, so it is clear to me that it is a complicated market in a wide variety of ways. Politically I am not sure that there is the same alignment on developing a vision in the way that there has been in a city like Orlando or a city like Atlanta,” said Beckham.