I was given the assignment of covering David Beckham’s official introduction to the Los Angeles Galaxy, the Major League Soccer team that has invested millions in him. His base salary is $5.5 million a year, about 50 times the norm. But that salary could balloon to as much as $50 million a year, based on performance bonuses,new sponsorships, and revenue sharing. Galaxy ticket sales have already soared $20 million since announcing Beckham would join the team.
But enough about the money. Here’s what you didn’t see in my coverage.
The guy is a refreshing change for a super star athlete. For one thing, he’s nice. To everyone. He seems fairly down to earth. He spoke of his children as if he actually raises them. And, ok, his looks don’t hurt. But here’s what impressed me most: he spent two hours, TWO HOURS, in the blazing sun going down a line of reporters, giving each one of us our allotted two minutes.