Friday, January 05, 2007

Beckham : No New News Is News

It's amazing the hub-bub that can come about over one person. When you get down to it, there is no news on David Beckham and if he will remain with Real Madrid or not. Yet it doesn't stop the reporters from writing "news" (and one would assume their bosses are asking for it). A friend pointed out an article by Andrea Canales. Yes, this is the person who decided that because the LA Galaxy haven't set their ticket prices and that their coach Frank Yallop wouldn't let a friend down that David Beckham is set to move to Los Angeles (more on that one here). At least this time Canales had some other reasons such as Beckham looking for more playing time (what player doesn't? ). When someone who reports on the game for a living claims " since Beckham let pass by the deadline to extend his contract with Real", you have to wonder what they actually know. Afterall, there are no deadlines for players to sign contract extensions with their clubs. So it's no surprise to see that Canales failed to report that Real Madrid has offered Beckham a contract extension worth more than he's currently making. Is Los Angeles really ready, let alone capable of matching an offer of $11 million / year plus 50% or more of his image rights going to him? I find it hard to believe. Surely I'm not the only one.


Stan said...

There is an exclusivity deadline. Now RM can do nothing to prevent other clubs opening formal talks. You'd think if they were highly interested, they'd have done their best to avoid that.

Stan said...

But yes, I acknowledge the thought of throwing that dough around strikes as a little surreal.