Report: Beckham awarded Miami MLS franchise
News conference scheduled for Wednesday
MIAMI – David Beckham has brought Major League Soccer to South Florida.
The New York Times is reporting that Beckham will be awarded a franchise in Miami.
The team will be the league's 22nd.
Beckham will join Commissioner Don Garber for a news conference on Wednesday at 10 a.m.
The Times reports that the franchise will not begin play until at least 2016.
MLS has traditionally required owners to have a stadium plan in place before awarding a franchise.
Beckham and his representatives have been in communication with Miami-Dade County about potential sites for a soccer team.
Local 10's Neki Mohan spoke with Miami-Dade Commissioner Lynda Bell, who heads the Miami-Dade Sports Commission.
"I know meeting with David Beckham is going to be a tough job, but somebody has to do it, so I'm more than happy to be the person," Bell said. "I think it's coming, I believe MLS should have a home in Miami-Dade County and believe there's no better place than Miami-Dade County to have major league soccer."
Heat star LeBron James was asked about joining Beckham's group of Miami's win on Monday night.
James said, "I think it's great. I think obviously soccer is, Futbol, is one of the most popular sports in the world. I believe there's a lot of talent down here and I believe people are looking forward to it, and will enjoy the game down here in South Florida. We'll see what happens."
James added, "I'm happy to have a really good relationship with Beckham and a lot of other guys that's part of it, so we'll see what happens."
James was asked specifically if he's involved with the deal, he said "We'll see, if I got enough time in my schedule."
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