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MLS Develops Owner Committee To Evaluate David Beckham's Prospects For Miami Club

Garber (l) said MLS would like to see Beckham as an owner in the league
MLS Commissioner Don Garber on Thursday "revealed that 'a committee of owners' have come together to 'evaluate what's happening in Miami'" in regards to David Beckham's "stalled expansion team plans, which have been bogged down by an ongoing search for a stadium site," according to Joe Lago of YAHOO SPORTS. Speaking at the '17 CAA World Congress of Sports, Garber said the "'very complicated' topic will be discussed further" at the league's BOG meeting in Colorado next week. Garber praised Beckham as a "special guy" and said MLS would still "like to see him as an owner in our league." Garber said, "In a world with less public funding in large cities, it's not just complicated. It's really, really expensive even with a low-cost option with David Beckham and [partner] Simon Fuller to have to come into our league. It's a half-a-billion-dollar project." He added, "As we've learned -- as we've been growing our league carefully and in a very strategic way -- is that we'd rather wait. And wait and wait on questions like this ... before making a bad decision" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 4/21).
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