When David Beckham signed with MLS we had everyone weighing in on his celebrity, tattoo’s, financial package and his wife Victoria. Everyone wanted to mention that name Beckham.
We had financial analysts asking him about his stock choices, ill-informed journalists saying he would bring the league down, and even some who were calling him a wimp for not taping up his ankle and getting on with it as if your ankles are not important in soccer? Mind boggling stuff.
So where are these so-called journalists and reporters now with the follow-up?
As they continue to glorify Michael Vick they have missed the story that is Beckham the player. The answer is simple, they can’t talk about his playing ability out of fear or lack of knowledge so why would they even dare lead with it on a radio show or tv show.
God forbid that anyone would want to take phone calls on soccer.
Now I don’t want to be a whiner here but the follow up to the initial story is solid journalism.
I will give you a few topics:
1. Is there anyone that is the single draw in sports that is David Beckham right now? Sixty six thousand people at Giants Stadium this past Saturday based on Beckham. Some of those fans will be coming back after seeing a nine goal thriller and a 17 year old score two goals.
The Red Bull had previously averaged 11,000 and change and that is a major stretch. How about 7 thousand at best.
2. Professionalism: playing hurt Beckham delivered his first amazing free kick, his passing talents have been amazing.
3. Beckham and economics: As I drove home from Houston Intercontinental airport on Sunday morning I listened to two guys on “Moneyball” I think it was. They talked about soccer not having a buzz, no one cares, and never mentioned the financial coup that MLS and AEG has pulled off signing Beckham.
Nor did they mention 66,000 fans the night before at Giants Stadium.
So for these two who have a BUSINESS AND SPORTS SHOW I give you this. An extra 56,000 fans means buco bucks for the sport of soccer. Dig deeper and you will realize this was a couple million dollar night for soccer when you throw in concessions. Beckham’s salary is quickly being paid back.
4. For the final time he is being paid between 30 to 35 million over five years. Not $250 million. Much of that comes from sponsorship. Again proof that Beckham will not kill off the league like some morons are saying. His salary mainly comes from sponsorship.
So vaunted sports media where is the follow up? Where is the appreciation of sport? Where is the appreciation of the professionalism of the man? Where is the appreciation of the growth of a sport? Where is the fair reporting of Beckham and soccer? Or do you just remain in fear?
Soccer fans need to be more accountable here. Get more active in voicing your opinion The window to push those in the general sports media is here. Be heard , call them, demand more and better coverage or forever hold your peace.
Complaining about it over a beer won’t help change.
The opportunity for awareness for the sport is here. Time to capitalize.