The Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder says MLS Cup 2012 on December 1 will be his final competitive game with the club. Beckham has spent the past six seasons with the Galaxy, helping lead the club to three MLS Cup berths, including the third championship in club history last year when they beat the Houston Dynamo 1-0 in MLS Cup 2011. “I’ve had an incredibly special time playing for the LA Galaxy, however, I wanted to experience one last challenge before the end of my playing career,” Beckham said in a statement on the Galaxy’s website. “I don’t see this as the end of my relationship with the league as my ambition is to be part of the ownership structure in the future”. The Galaxy reached a 10-year broadcast deal with Time Warner Cable Sports in November 2011 that is the most lucrative in MLS history.
It’s far too late for David Beckham to become a big star in the United States. And now the news is out that he can’t even bend it for the British Olympic team. Granted, he’s been credited with helping London win the bid to host the Summer Olympics this year. But on Wednesday, team manager Stuart Pearce reportedly alerted Beckham that he didn’t make the cut as one of the three older players on the UK Olympic soccer squad. (Pearce had the right to choose a trio of men over the age of 23). Beckham, who occasionally plays for the Los Angeles Galaxy pro team, might have been a big audience draw. Now the former captain of England’s national team out will sit on the sidelines. London 2012 chair Sebastien Coe said, “I will be talking to him about a Games time role.”
EXCLUSIVE: Deadline has learned that American legal action in the News Corp phone-hacking scandal could come as early as the end of this week. UK lawyer Mark Lewis, one of the first to pursue allegations of hacking at the now-defunct News Corp-controlled News Of The World tabloid, will hold a press conference in Manhattan with his U.S. colleague Norman Siegel, former head of the New York Civil Liberties Union. A source close to the lawyers’ camp says the duo will announce what actions — legal and otherwise — it plans to take against Rupert Murdoch’s empire in the U.S. We are told that no names will be given regarding the three stateside hacking cases Lewis and Siegel are contemplating. However, we have learned that despite speculation neither David Beckham, nor Jude Law (nor one of his associates), nor Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell are among potential litigants. “People are getting the names completely wrong,” the insider says. One of the individuals is, however, an American citizen. The lawsuits would be the first to be filed in the U.S., where News Corp has so far limited its exposure to the ongoing hacking investigations in Britain.
British attorney Mark Lewis will arrive in the US today as he prepares to speak on a panel at UC Berkeley titled: “The Murdoch Effect: The News At Any Price?” He’s also expected to begin legal discussions that could lead to several lawsuits being filed over alleged phone hacking by employees of News Corp’s UK press arm, News International, The Daily Beast reported. Those suits would constitute the first to be filed in the US, where News Corp has thus far limited its exposure to the ongoing investigations in Britain. Lewis will be working with his NY-based legal partner Norman Siegel to examine details of US law as it applies to hacking, according to The Guardian. The Independent adds that lawyers in California are also being lined up to aid in potentially filing three separate suits within the next few weeks. The lawsuits are said to relate primarily to celebrities whose phones may have been hacked while they were visiting the US. At least one of the cases, Lewis told The Daily Beast, involves allegations that the phone of an American citizen was hacked. If it can be proved that phones were hacked by News International employees, it could constitute a violation of US telecommunications and privacy laws. The UK media has speculated that the 3 victims in question are soccer star David …