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David Beckham's Impact On MLS Being Felt In Franchise Fees, TV Rights
Published November 18, 2011
SUSTAINED SUCCESS: Leiweke Wednesday night on Bloomberg TV’s “Sportfolio” said the MLS is successful and will continue to be regardless if Beckham returns next season. Leiweke said, "Look at the league, the expansion, the success we’re having in places like Seattle, Vancouver, Portland and now Montreal. ... When you see people writing a check for $50 million to buy expansion teams, it is a good indication of the trust that investors have in buying franchises and investing in our league.” Leiweke added the “whole world now is amazed at the success” of the MLS. He said, “I don’t see any time in the future that we get out of it or lose our passion for it.” The success of the Galaxy is a “huge credit” to Beckham. Leiweke: "That experience and that experiment worked” (“Sportfolio,” Bloomberg TV, 11/16). Leiweke Thursday said that he "plans to sit down" with Beckham after Sunday's MLS Cup "to discuss Beckham's future with the club" (ESPNLA.com, 11/17).