LeBron James has brought titles to Miami the last two seasons. Now he may be interested in bringing an MLS team there, too.
James told the South-Florida Sun Sentinel's Shandel Richardson yesterday that he has had talks with former international soccer star David Beckham about the possibility of bringing a soccer club to South Beach.
"There’s some interest on both sides,” James said. “David has become a good friend of mine over the last few years. I think it would be great for this city to have a football club for sure. There’s interest on both sides but it’s preliminary talks.”
If it goes through, it wouldn't be James' first endeavor in the sport. In 2011, James became a minority owner of Liverpool FC as part of a business partnership with Fenway Sports Group and Red Sox owner John Henry.
"I’ve grown a great interest in watching the game and learning the guys,” James told Richardson. “It’s a pretty intense sport. My kids love it as well. I’ve grown to the point where I know exactly what’s going on when I’m watching the game."
Perhaps even more important than bringing a football club to Miami would be the effect it may have on James' free agency. The two-time NBA champion has the option to opt out of his contract at the end of this season and become a free agent. Though James refuses to talk about his impending free agency, co-owning an MLS club in Miami would be a difference maker when it comes time for him to sign on the dotted line once again.
And in case you were wondering, Cleveland doesn't have an MLS team.