Is David Beckham calling on some Hollywood heavyweights to bring MLS to Miami? | SIDELINE

Who wants a share of David Beckham’s MLS franchise in Miami? If you believe the latest rumor out of England, it appears a slew of the biggest moguls in Hollywood are interested in bringing soccer to South Beach.

A report in the UK’s Daily Star on Sunday links Beckham’s franchise to a number of his old Los Angeles pals – motion picture heavyweights Tom Cruise and Will Smith among them – but also to Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, a noted soccer fan and co-star with Barcelona hero Lionel Messi in a series of recent commercials for Turkish Airlines.

There’s also talk of Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce in on the mix after he sold his shares in the Brooklyn Nets in September to become a sports agent.

The article indicates that Beckham “will limit the number of ‘small investor’ shares that will be made available to his friends as main ­financing for the team is in place.” Miami-Dade County unanimously approved a resolution to negotiate with a group led by the former LA Galaxy midfielder in order to find a stadium location for the franchise earlier this month.

The stadium will be 100 percent privately financed, and there will not be any request for public money from Miami-Dade County, according to Beckham's group.


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