Garber Sets Beckham Deadline

Garber Sets Beckham Deadline

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On February 11, 2009
  • AC Milan, David Beckham, Don Garber

I am a little late on this subject but thought it was still worth discussing.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber sounds tired of the saga that is David Beckham and AC Milan. So like an unhappy school girl he set a deadline for the possible transfer of the star midfielder.

He spoke fairly candidly to Steve Goff earlier today on the subject. I put this quote up here because I didn’t see all of it elsewhere on the web.

“By Friday, he is either coming back or he is transferred,” Garber said.

“If it is not resolved by Friday, I will not approve the transfer. This has been going on too long. I understand Milan needs to come to some conclusion on their own and I understand from David’s comments that he would like to find a way to stay. The only way that happens is if Milan makes an offer to buy him out of his contract that makes sense for MLS and makes sense for the Galaxy. We’ve got tickets to sell, games to schedule, sponsors have programs, we have promotions being planned with ESPN and many of our commercial partners, and this just can’t continue to drag on. There is no reason for it to drag on. It’s either going to happen or it’s not going to happen.”

I have to say I am happy to see him step into this circus and put the league’s foot down firmly. More than likely a deal will get done because the league isn’t stupid enough to just let him walk after this season and take advantage of his out-clause that he has after this season. They do that and get nothing in return for him but let him go now and at least get some cash back in the bank.