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LA Galaxy Introduces Beck-ho-hum

David Beckham has arrived in LA, only to be greeted by a blitzkrieg of cameras, but not a lot of fans.  The LA Galaxy stadium was not even 1/4 full of fans as shown by CNN's coverage earlier this morning.  According to news reports, some 5,000 fans appeared, which barely makes a dent in the 27,000 seat stadium

And you're surprised? 

Heck, we can't even support a full-time NFL/AFL (American) football team, we're confused where the Angels play baseball and we have nearby college teams called Banana Slugs and Anteaters. 

I rest my case. 

As if that weren't enough, give some thought to Michael Jordan, Lebron James, Tiger Woods and any number of other sports stars.  Their "introduction" was their performance.  Sure, Beckham is an outstanding soccer player.  That's a given, but it's not the reason the LA Galaxy hired him.

They hired him to draw soccer fans to the sport.   So far, it's been a dud.  No screaming legions of fans like the Beatles or other "British invasions."  He's just getting started here, so time will tell. 

Apparently both the LA Galaxy and Beckham both benefit from increased ticket and goods sales according to reports of the contract between the two.  Whether fans will join in on that contract remains to be seen. 

Posted by J. Craig Williams on Friday, July 13, 2007 at 12:46 Comments (0)


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