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SBD/June 12, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Garber Promotes 22 MLS Players In World Cup, Hopes To Ride Event's Momentum
Published June 12, 2014
GETTING IMPATIENT WITH MIAMI: Garber acknowledged that Miami recently rejected a second proposed stadium site for an MLS facility, and if Beckham cannot get a stadium, his option for a franchise expires. Garber: "Not only does Miami not get a team ... it will be a shame for David Beckham, who would not be able to execute his option. This was our second setback in Miami. We're scratching our head. We think we've got an unbelievable proposal. We're offering to privately finance the entire stadium. You have David Beckham, who will have a financial partner that will be among the biggest anywhere in the world. Somehow we can't seem to convince the politicians down there to provide us with an opportunity to pay for a stadium in their city. If we can't get it done, we're not going to Miami, and I think that'll be a shame for the residents in that city" ("Squawk on the Street," CNBC, 6/12).
IMPACT-FUL MEETING: In Montreal, Pat Hickey noted Garber this week met with Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre to discuss "ways that the Impact and the league could participate in the city's 375th birthday" in '17. The MLS All-Star game "could be on the schedule, but Garber suggested that the league would be looking for some well-heeled sponsors to help make it happen and that it was important to find the right team to play the All-Stars." Meanwhile, the three Canadian franchises "are among the most successful in MLS but Garber doesn't see any further expansion north of the border" (Montreal GAZETTE, 6/11).