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Two years ago almost to the day, there was a column published in this very spot written by our sports editor Mike Hutsell about the arrival of English megastar David Beckham to the Los Angeles Galaxy. soccer. In our midst was the next great savior of the sport.
Our esteemed ed chortled and scoffed at the idea. hosted the World Cup in 1994.
America is one of the few countries where the sport resonates with largely the upper middle class of society, he said. If you want to play, you better find yourself a fancy club team you must travel with during the summer and pay expenses, mostly out of your own pocket. This excludes many who can afford to be considered good.
The column attracted some criticism, most notably that he was quashing an effort Beckham arrival instead of trying to do something to promote such an effort. The view also was expressed that soccer is no different than All Star baseball, club volleyball or AAU basketball.
I have to say, I agreed in the main with what our ed said at the time. (Does that get me a raise?)
I, too, thought Beckham arrival was a whole lot of hoopla about nothing.
And, basically, he been an unmitigated disaster, despite helping to sell a bunch load of jerseys at the outset. Galaxy this Saturday,
having been on loan to AC Milan for six months where he played 17 Serie A games, scoring twice and helping the club finish third behind champion Inter Milan and runner up Juventus.
His first MLS game on his return is expected to come on July 16 at the New York Red Bulls. He will play for the latter part of the season until December, by which time it is all but certain that he will return to Europe.
Coinciding with his comeback rather aptly is a book entitled Beckham Experiment, written by Grant Wahl, which goes on sale next Tuesday. An excerpt was published in this week Sports Illustrated and it is clear upon reading it that Posh n Becks won be getting such a royal welcome back to the sunny City of Angels. The captaincy was taken away from Landon on Beckham arrival on the instruction of Beckham camp.
He questions Beckham commitment and dodgy leadership, and feels increasingly alienated from him.
It was always going to be difficult for the owners to keep everyone happy. Here was a player earning $48.2 million after endorsements, playing with teammates averaging $55,000 a year before taxes.
Two different planets. And even more difficult if the people on the not so well off planet don’t see the elite making a proper effort.
Nor did it help when Beckham handlers tried to run the show at Galaxy, introducing Ruud Gullit as the new coach in 2008 for what turned out to be a brief and disastrous reign.
I remember as a kid living in Ireland the legend Pele arrival at the now defunct New York Cosmos for a three year stint in the 1970s. Cosmos also signed quality players such as Carlos Alberto, also of Brazil, German superstar Franz Beckenbauer, and Holland Johan Neeskens.
Unlike Beckham, these players actually helped their club collect hardware. The Cosmos was a winner of the North American Soccer League Bowl four of the nine times it was held. men soccer team against top ranked Spain and a close final encounter with Brazil at the FIFA Confederations Cup has given it prime time news coverage and helped raised interest in the game.
It will be intriguing to see if such interest is retained or built on when Team USA arrives in South Africa next June for the World Cup,
and how many children get involved in the game as a result.
By that time, Beckham (he hopes) will be a part of an England squad which believes it has a very real chance of world domination.
Bringing new life to a vacant building through rehabbing and repurposing it usually garners widespread support among government officials. Not this time. 31 into high end apartments wasn’t embraced by Clarksville’s planning and zoning department. The planners don’t believe the area is appropriate for residences, citing the city’s comprehensive plan, which shows more heavy commercial and industrial development in the area. It’s true that if built, Clarksville Lofts would be near stores that sell furniture, tires and gasoline, an extended stay hotel, a fast food restaurant and an adult entertainment store not the amenities that usually attract millennials and young professionals. The Louisville developer, known for its rehabilitation of New Albany’s former M. Fine building, believes the Loft’s swimming pool, dog run and clubhouse would compensate for the surroundings. And the Clarksville Redevelopment Commission wants to see the project happen, believing it will spur new development and attract more investment to the area.
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