An LA soccer team just signed David Beckham for $250 million for 5 years. OK, I get that he's very popular, maybe the most popular player in the world right now... but we're tallking soccer in America, not exactly the most cash-rich sport. Someone please explain the economics of this to me. Soccer is not a major league sport here. The major pro team sports are football, baseball, basketball, & hockey, & as far as I know, no player in any of those sports makes that much per year... so how can this team afford to pay so much for this guy? I wouldn't think an entire team would make that much combined. I hate the arguments about what athletes make vs. other people like teachers & am not talking about that... I just don't see how a minor league team can afford that kind of cash. Do they think soccer is going to become popular here suddenly? I don't know any American sports fan that cares about soccer, except some mild interest in the World Cup... unless they are originally from another country. Not bashing the sport here, just pointing out the reality that it's not that popular here. It's like reading that a pro bowler is going to get $50 million per year.