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Beckham's Agreement For Discounted MLS Expansion Team Expires At Year's End
Published November 21, 2013
THE KING AND I: Heat F LeBron James yesterday said of possibly teaming up with Beckham to purchase an MLS franchise in Miami, "I wish it was easy. We're working on it. We'll see what happens" (AP, 11/20). In Orlando, Brian Schmitz writes Miami residents who are "nervous" about James leaving the Heat once his contract is up are "hoping the arrival of the MLS will help keep King James in town." A "working theory is that if LeBron delivers Miami an MLS team, James will have established deeper South Florida roots, making it harder for him to leave if, or when, he explores free agency, possibly this summer." None of this "likely means much at decision time to LeBron," as owners of pro sports teams "don't necessarily need to live in the same town as their teams, or even hang around them much" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 11/21).