Soccer, as it is called only in the United States, has a new star. David Beckham has signed a five-year $250m contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy. CBS' Katie Couric, accurately, described Beckham as "kind of a hunk." But the coverage came not from California but from London.
He is a "global superstar," noted NBC's Dawna Friesen, whose motive for heading to Hollywood is apparently not the money. "It is all about the game, he says, about raising its stature in the US, where millions of kids play it but few adults watch it." Back in Britain "he is seen as past his prime," she needled, recalling his 2006 World Cup shortfall. CBS' Mark Phillips (no link), who called Beckham "a brand" with "a formerly famous wife, Posh Spice, of the briefly popular Spice Girls," filed his report from a football pitch, signing off by kicking his ball into the net. There was the bulge in the old onion bag--but no, he did not bend it.
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