Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The ongoing disaster that is David Beckham's MLS franchise


Over a year later, the questions remain. Instead of using his charisma to charm local officials into accepting a favorable stadium deal, Beckham has become mired in the cynical, cutthroat world of South Florida politics. Both the the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County have shot down his stadium proposals. Why? The same PR machine that polishes Beckham's airbrushed image would rather the rest of us not know. So I tracked down corporate records and sent public information requests to the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County. What emerges is the story of Team Beckham walking into a quid-pro-quo environment it was too naive and unprepared to handle.