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Is Beckham

Worth the Big Bucks?

1/11/2007 6:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

David Beckham just scored the biggest payday in sports history -- $250 million over five years -- but will he measure up?
0111_beckham_3-1TMZ did some number-crunching, and that's a lot of money by any measure, but especially so when you consider that's almost more than the other 200-plus players in the league will make next year -- combined. His yearly take -- about $50 million -- would be more than five major league baseball teams' entire salary load for 2006, and more than at least one NHL team. Even Michael Jordan, who played his last season in '98 for the Chicago Bulls at the then-astronomical salary of $30 million, doesn't come close.

Anschutz Entertainment Group, owners of the L.A. Galaxy, is shelling out most of Beckham's package. They report that since this morning's announcement, they've already sold 1,000 season tickets. We're also told that Major League Soccer thinks it'll sell out Galaxy tickets for the season -- in just 30 days.

Finally, sports-biz guru Dr. G. Lynn Lashbrook, president of Sports Management Worldwide, tells TMZ that the crazy cash the L.A. Galaxy will be shelling out is possible only because MLS has begun selling ads on the front of players' shirts, commonplace elsewhere in the world, but a first here in the U.S. Another sports marketing expert, Dean Bonham, tells us, "At the end of the contract, this will be seen as one of the most important investments in sports history." Beckham has not stated what Posh's wardrobe allowance will be.

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1.

anthonysdreamgirl**    

Why is his nipple under his armpit?

2652 days ago
2.

Whatever    

His nipple is not under his armpit jackass! Jealous much?

2652 days ago
3.

Fred    

Americans don't care about soccer unless litte Josh or little Jennifer is playing on Saturday morning.

2652 days ago
4.

JD    

Athletes are waaaaaay over paid. It's disgusting. I'm in the wrong career field.

2652 days ago
5.

ReallyIgnorantin Texas?    

He sold 1000 season tickets before the end of the 1st day. While I don't believe anyone is worth 200 million over 5 years, he will certainly have the Howard Stern effect on sales.

2652 days ago
6.

Lifesgrande    

Who care's where his nipple is, does anyone else think that $250,000,000 is just a bit excessive?
Not wanting to be a bleeding heart of anything but people starve to death everyday because they have nothing!!

2652 days ago
7.

Whatever    

LOL number #2! So true! I went to a soccer game once with a friend and they couldn't even fill half the stadium!

2652 days ago
8.

ADS    

POSH does not by any means need an 'allowance' from David. She is worth over £40 million pounds (about $50 million bucks) in her own right. £20 MILLION IS from Spice Girl days. Please don't forget who probably masterminded this ridiculously huge deal. Whether he is worth it or not, she is in no doubt the brains behind the whole 'BRAND BECKHAM'.

2652 days ago
9.

lynn    

thats just an obscene amount of money and i hope posh chokes on her daily lentil...

2652 days ago
10.

Trish    


No interest in him. Repulsed by his sulking, ugly wife.

2652 days ago
11.

tattoo    

He's coming here to be next to his Scientology and gay buddy Tom Cruise. He lives off of Victorias money. Nobody cares about him. I have a photo of Victoria with her nipples popping out her top if anyone wants. email me tattoo113@lycos.com

2652 days ago
12.

sue    

Damn! ..mmm he is soooo fine. Brad Pitt looks like a DOG standng next to him!

2652 days ago
13.

miz    

Great. Just great.

I have lived in the UK for almost 10 years and was looking forward to moving back soon and being Beckham free. Now you mean to tell me I still have to tolerate this effeminate retard and have his ugly, non-event, pig-nosed, anorexic, eurotrash wife in my face over here too?

F***in great.

2652 days ago
14.

TJ    

Beckham is worth every cent. He is still the best free kicker on the pitch and a pleasure to watch. The fact that Americans don't know the game is their loss...perhaps they will tire of American football with their padded bodies, steel helmets and uncouth players who look and sound like bull dogs lol. European football is much more exciting and classy any day!

2652 days ago
15.

We, are not amused.    

Oh emma #10...
you are so right! Over here we say "blow me" over there they say "by your leave, your majesty would you be so kind as to engage in oral sex with me? Wot, wot...pip pip, stiff upper lip!"
Go home, and take all your limp dick soccer fags with you!

2652 days ago
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