Thursday, January 11, 2007

Beckham



For American soccer fans (aka, futbol for the rest of the world), the news that David Beckham is coming to Major League Soccer is huge. His presences will elevate the status ofa league struggling to gain respect on the world stage. Beckham is perhaps the most famous soccer player, and arguably the most famous athlete period, in the world. At 31 years of age, while not in his prime, soccer fans in Los Angeles will still be able to witness an incredibly talented player who has show-cased his skill on some of the most famous teams in the world (Manchester United and Real Madrid, not to mention his stint as captain on England's National Team).


But news of Beckham's contract tempers any excitement this fan might feel. Beckham has signed a 5-year contract worth $250 million dollars. He will earn approximately $1 million per week. And in the first week of his contract where he pockets $1 million dollars an estimated 203,000 young children will die all over the world from hunger and other preventable causes.


It is not David Beckham's fault that children are dying of hunger all over the world. And no one blames Beckham for capitalizing on his skills and maximizing his earning potential. But the very fact that any sports league would sanction the signing of one athlete for $250 million dollars with resources that could dramatically improve the quality of life for literally thousands of young children and adults in impoverished, famine-stricken, war-torn countries is sickening. This is a tragic commentary on how deeply rooted our self-serving, self-glorifying, self-satisfying desires really are.

7 Comments:

At 8:10 PM , Blogger Michelle said...

I agree that this is a tragedy but I would like to clear up one thing. 80% of that $250 is supposed to come from endorsements, not the league itself. But still, that doesn't change the overwhelming amount of money the west is willing to spend on sports, entertainment, and anyone famous verses the dying children around the world. I don't think there has been any other time in history where the world has the ability to be so connected but remains so disconnected by choice.

 
At 9:52 AM , Blogger Aaron said...

You must have a crush on Beckster to stick you neck out there with the facts about endorsements vs the financial responsibility of the league. He is a married man you know. Ha!

 
At 12:12 PM , Blogger Michelle said...

He's 30 and I'm 17 and a half! That's gross! I just got done watching the news before I read your blog and they had a story about him and about all the money he's getting. So there.

 
At 1:50 PM , Anonymous Lisa said...

I reaaly just wanted to see what leaving a comment would be like...But, yes, I agree the excessive amount of money he's being paid could go to feed starving people and perhaps find the cure for AIDS and cancer.

 
At 10:37 PM , Blogger Meredith said...

Lisa, was leaving a comment everything you expected it to be and more? ;)

 
At 3:46 PM , Anonymous Lisa said...

Meredith, it was the most glorious thing I've ever done. In fact, I wait with eager anticipation to do it again...Oh wait...this is it!! Incredibly satisfying :)

 
At 12:11 PM , Blogger Claire said...

FINALLY! I'm sure other people have written many words on the subject, but seriously...it has bothered me very much for some time the absolutely insane amount of money that is paid to and spent on people in the athletic and entertainment industry. Then we (as a society) turn around and cry about starving people in other parts of the world and the inability to find cures for devastating diseases because of LACK OF MONEY? SERIOUSLY?! Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt can adopt all the kids they want and speak all they want about their "world issues" but until they give up maybe ONE of their multi-million dollar mansions for these "issues" they're so "passionate" about, I still can't take them seriously. I'm glad someone else sees the insanity here! :o)

 

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