According to BBC Sport, “the contract is a comprised total of his salary, sponsorship contracts, merchandising shirt sales and a share of the Galaxy’s profits.” The reason why this deal is so lucrative is because he is getting paid nearly double the salary of any existing sports contract. The average athlete that played in the MLS last season received a salary of $100,000 and the D.C. United, a team within the league, sold its entire club for $33 million. One of the reasons why is because the Galaxy, which is owned by AEG (logo featured below) which owns several other MLS teams, wants to hopefully draw fans into a sport that few actually care for in America. The problem that the Galaxy failed to realize is that they got the wrong player for the wrong price. Even though David Beckham is internationally recognized as a premier soccer player he may not be received by the majority of the fans of MLS.
The Galaxy should have done its research before signing the English midfielder to the largest sports contract ever. According to Peter Prengaman of the Boston Globe, “the average attendance for MLS soccer games this past season was 15,504 fans and was slightly higher in cities such as
But the question still remains, with all the evidence that soccer is a game that many Hispanics in
Unfortunately, even announcing that Beckham would be joining the Galaxy, the talk on every sports station was not questioning the impact David Beckham will create, but how much money he was signed for. After a few days of discussing the Beckham agreement, the sports nation forgot about the deal and went on discussing the NFL playoffs. Even the largest sports contract in the world can not keep Americans focused on soccer, so why does the Galaxy believe that Beckham will?