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David Beckham has taken on many roles in his career so far and now he will have to turn politician if he is to get public backing for his MLS stadium plans in Miami.
Beckham to Turn Politician and 'woo' Voters in MLS Stadium Vote
05/22/2014
 
Feb 5, 2014; Miami, FL, USA;  (Editor's note: Photo converted to Black & White in post production.) David Beckham during a press conference announcing he is awarded a Major League Soccer franchise impacting the Miami community at Perez Art Museum. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

David Beckham has taken on many roles in his career so far and now he will have to turn politician if he is to get public backing for his MLS stadium plans in Miami.


Beckham’s business partner Marcelo Claure told a press conference on Thursday that the latest plans – for a 20-25,000 waterside downtown stadium in an expanded park area by the Miami Heat’s arena – will have to go to a referendum in November.


The Englishman has turned on his charm with voters in the past – helping the London Olympics bid and less successfully with England’s 2018 World Cup bid.


But this time Beckham will have to be much more than an ‘ambassador’ – his dream of owning an MLS franchise with a downtown Miami home is on the line and he will need to employ all his skills of persuasion.


Bolivian billionaire Marcelo Claure, who is Beckham’s partner in the venture told me after the press conference that local residents can expect to see the former LA Galaxy player out in the community seeking votes.


“You will see that a lot. You will see that very soon. David says this is one of the most important projects of his life. If you look at his career, David has been a success on and off the field, there are no failures.


“If we are going to embark on a referendum we all understand the seriousness, we want to play to win and we think we have a great product. So when you have a great product you don’t need to sell – all your need to do is tell the truth,” said Claure.


Ed Serrano, a leading member of Miami fan group, The Southern Legion, said there was no question that Beckham needs to be at the forefront of the referendum campaign.


“I think what he has to do is spend a little more time in Miami and spread the love. Take pictures with a lot of women and I think he will get the women’s vote,” quipped Serrano.


“I don’t see why the public would not vote for it especially given that there is going to be so much parkland created – more parkland than there was before, they are paying for everything, I think it is a win-win situation,” he said.


 
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