david beckham by August Prum January 24, 2018
David Beckham is set to announce his new MLS team on Monday after the league ratified his application for a franchise in Miami.
After a protracted four-year saga to figure out a proper stadium site, and multiple legal battles in South Florida, it looks like Beckham and his team have finally gotten a satisfactory deal.
The Miami-Herald reported that Beckham was aided in his bid through the intervention of Mayor Carlos Giminez, whose “administration negotiated a deal for the Beckham partnership to purchase three acres of county land in Overtown,” according to The Herald.
The Herald reported on the new stadium site:
“Beckham was last in Miami for an event with Gimenez in early 2014, when he hoped to secure a stadium deal with the county-owned Port Miami. The cruise industry blocked that effort, leading to failed bids for stadiums at the Miami waterfront and next to Marlins Park in Little Havana. The Overtown site sits a few blocks from the Miami River, where Northwest Sixth Street meets Sixth Avenue. The 25,000-seat stadium would be privately financed.”
But not everyone is happy about the new deal. In October, a judge threw out a suit over the potential site:
“Bruce Matheson, a wealthy activist who owns property near the planned stadium site in Overtown, sued the county, arguing that he should have been given the chance to purchase the three-acre parcel during a competitive bidding process. County lawyers argued that Miami-Dade was shielded from bidding rules by Florida’s economic development law, which gives local governments broad authority to sell property if it will benefit the economy.”
Although Bruce Matheson is sick, the potential of an MLS franchise in Miami appears limitless. With a massive Hispanic population and young demographics, there’s a natural fan base built into the fabric of the city.
Also, with Beckham at the helm, it’ll be interesting to see what kind of star power Miami can bring to the squad.
We’ll await further updates from Beckham’s official announcement on Monday.