More than three years after first announcing plans to exercise his option on an MLS expansion team in Miami, David Beckham
's group is still without a finalized stadium plan but has added a new
investor, Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner and media mogul Todd Boehly
ESPN FC. Jeff Carlisle
's report followed
by the Daily Mail's Charles Sale
of Boehly's involvement
in Miami Beckham United.
ESPN FC reported that the new deal was discussed at the MLS Board of Governors' meeting in Colorado Springs but it confirmed the Daily Mail's reporting that some
MLS owners were unhappy with additional investors piggybacking on Beckham's deal for a cut-price expansion team ($25 million).
Boehly's media business -- Eldridge Industries -- recently
concluded a funding agreement in DraftKings. Another investor in DraftKings is the Kraft Group, which owns the New England Revolution.
Eldridge Industries' other interests include Dick
Clark Productions, Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter, Spin Media and Mediabistro.
Miami Beckham United has been seeking for more than three years to get a stadium project off the
ground. Deals at three sites -- PortMiami, downtown Miami and Little Havana, next to Marlins Park -- collapsed.
Miami Beckham United then turned its attention in 2015 to Miami’s
Overtown neighborhood, where it purchased two pieces of land covering six acres but needs to buy another three-acre plot of land from Miami-Dade County.
Only last month Miami-Dade commissioner
Xavier Suarez said he was losing patience with Beckham's plan for the soccer
stadium on the site, which houses a vehicle depot and could be used to build affordable housing.