LeBron James in talks over soccer league

By Drum Digital
19 November 2013

LeBron James has had "preliminary talks" with David Beckham about possibly bringing a Major League Soccer team to Miami.

The talks were first reported in the British media and confirmed by the basketball star after the Miami Heat's practice.

"There's some interest on both sides," said James, who already has a small ownership stake in the English club Liverpool through his involvement with Fenway Sports Management. "David has become a good friend of mine over the last few years. And I think it would be great for this city to have a football club for sure. So there's interest on both sides, but it's preliminary talks. There (is) some open dialogue."

The Associated Press first reported last month that Beckham, the former England international who ended his playing career in the American professional league, decided to start an MLS expansion club in

Beckham scouted some Miami locations last week - for at least the second time - and is looking for investors. Beckham, who played for the Los Angeles Galaxy in MLS, has the right to pay $25 million to start an expansion franchise. But the overall startup costs would far exceed that amount when factoring in other costs such as stadium construction and player acquisitions.

Beckham created a buzz last season when he sat courtside for some Heat games, and James often speaks about his appreciation for some of the world's best players.

- SAPA-AP

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