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David Beckham Coming to United States Causes Tidal Wave of Apathy
by Kris on 1/13/2007 (8)

Chances are, this is the first time you've ever seen David Beckham
Even before it was made official, an air of "something big is gonna happen and I'm not gonna care" spread across the furthest reaches of the United States. And then it happened, and people generally didn't care.

Soccer (football) great David Beckham would be invading Major League Soccer after signing a $250 million, five year deal to play with the Los Angeles Galaxy. He hopes to bring titles to LA and respectability to a sport that Americans just don't care about.

As the news spread across the nation, a flood of apathy swept across America. People looked up, marveled at the huge dollar amount, then went back to what they were previously doing, which was almost univerisally not playing soccer. Many have heard of Beckham, the most recognizable soccer star in the world, but few care. The current level of buzz for the Beckham signing can be compared to the buzz that would sweep the nation if Coke 2 was put back on the store shelves nationwide (but not replacing Coke as it previously had).

"He was that guy in that 'Bend it like Beckham' movie, right?" said one unexcited fan. "Which one was he, the English girl or the Indian girl?"

"He married a Spice Girl, right?" said hotel busboy Jacob Anderson. "I always wondered what happened to the Spice Girls."

"Before Beckham came to Major League Soccer, I didn't care at all," said restaurant manager Marvin Carlson. "Now, I still don't care but I can name one person who plays for a soccer team in the United States."

Since the announcement, season ticket sales for the Galaxy increased by 2,000, which seems to indicate a certain level of interest. But when you consider season ticket sales also increased by 1,000 last season when they offered a free pizza coupon with any season ticket purchase, 2,000 is not such an impressive number. Season tickets currently cost $12 for the entire season though in order to cover Beckham's massive contract, that amount will soon be readjusted to as much as $1,200.

"David (Beckham) appeals to so many different people," Galaxy general manager Alexi Lalas said. "Of course, most of those people live in Europe and Asia, which could be a problem.""0" style

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1. by greg on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
omg what 250$ mil that is a lot of mony i would never even see that much mony in my life ................................................lucky..i </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
2. by phil on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
$250 mill to kick a ball around... if i go to america to do the same i bet i would not be paid that much. </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
3. by Michele on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
Classic! This article is "spot-on"-- David Beckham is an "average" soccer "star" that has made a big name for himself through self-image promotion as well as being married to that fame-obsessed wife of his- I'm glad that we, Americans will not sway in popular opinion and make global "icons" out of these two twits!-- I can't wait for them to crawl back to England with their tail between their legs- one word sums them up- PATHETIC!isplay:non </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
4. by johnny on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
I guess its about preference like for instance if any american footballer, baseball player or a basketballer came over to england i wouldn't give a damn simply because non of these sports really mean anything over here and i doubt anywhere else, i probably could only name two basketballers and thats about it </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
5. by johnny on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
...And they are kobe and shaq!"0" s </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
6. by Motz on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
The sports we hold dear as adults are the ones we play as kids in our respective countries, and those that the media promote. Soccer is a "sissy" non contact game in America. Always will be.n </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
7. by Gary Brecher on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
Where can I get the "free pizza" coupon? </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
8. by soccer on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
soccer is the best game in the world but in amrica they dont know how to play this game because there dum< </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>

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