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Post-Beckham Rule Questions

So Major League Soccer approved the so-called "Beckham Rule," which allows teams to acquire one player each beyond the $2 million per-team salary cap. Just imagine, if you will, being a teammate of either David Beckham, Ronaldo, or Luis Figo, knowing full well that your team is most likely paying him up to five times more than the rest of the squad combined. If you can adopt the team-league mentality that what's good for the league is good for everyone, then you might be able to understand that more than their ability, which is still very good but not that good, these players are being brought here to put people in the seats and get the league more media attention. But what does this designated player rule really mean? Nick Webster of Fox Sports, points out that the salary cap has proven to be successful in keeping down the costs of a startup league. Perhaps this new rule is a first step in the direction of letting teams control their finances. Of course, everyone is aware that letting the New York Cosmos have an unlimited budget is ultimately what bankrupted the league. That kind of irrational exuberance will not be repeated. We've heard countless stories about how big an impact David Beckham could have on MLS. His marketability alone is enough to perhaps to justify spending a massive amount of money on bringing him over here. But as Webster points out, there are also a number of stumbling blocks. One, for a player like Beckham, it's practically an admission that you're career is over. He's only 31, and Ronaldo is only 30; both may have more ambition than that. Then there's the tension that would arise between the Beckham class and their teammates, who would be earning far less. Also, would they be willing to travel in coach like the rest of MLS? David Beckham in coach? Highly unlikely.

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