LeBron James confirmed on Monday that he has spoken with David Beckham about possibly owning a share of an MLS franchise in Miami. The Daily Mail first reported the story.
Here's my brief Q&A with LeBron about Beckham and soccer in Miami:
Q: How far along are talks with David Beckham of a potential investment in a soccer team?
"There is some interest on both sides. 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. There is interest on both sides, but it’s preliminary talks but there is some open dialogue."
Q: What do you think the potential is for MLS in Miami?
“We don’t know. The research is still being made out but I think it could be huge. But, you never know. I think this is a great town for soccer. There are a lot of soccer players here. There’s a great youth [system] of soccer here. And people love the city as well, so that definitely will help.
Do you feel like Miami is definitely going to get an MLS team at this point?
"We don’t know. I don’t know. It’s like buying a house. You don’t know until you sign the papers."
LeBron and his business associates own a small share in Liverpool FC. His relationship with Liverpool has contributed to his overall interest in soccer.
“I’ve grown a great interest in watching the game and learning it and it’s a pretty intense sport," James said. "And my kids love it as well. But I’ve grown to the point where I know exactly what’s going on when I’m watching the game."