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David Beckham's Miami MLS Club Preparing For Official Launch In Late January

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 01 / 16 / 18

David Beckham and his business partners are preparing for a "late-January official launch of Miami's long-awaited" MLS team, according to Michelle Kaufman of the MIAMI HERALD. The team is scheduled to begin play in the '20 season, although it "may have to play in a temporary site the first season if...

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Ironman To Expand Events Portfolio

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Liga MX Clubs To Form Women's League

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COC Signs Sid Lee To Four-Year Contract

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