I was just interviewed by Madeleine Brand for Day to Day, an NPR show, on the topic of David Beckham. It was a recorded segment that they'll edit for a short feature. Here's the direct link.
I'm afraid that I got off on the wrong foot with poor Madeleine, who opened the interview by mentioning David's 250 million dollar contract. I told her that was a marketing number, and that his actual salary is closer to 35 million for five years. The 250 million figure is a concocted estimate that includes sponsorship dollars and partnership agreements that could potentially total somewhere around that, but it's not coming out of the pocket of MLS or the team's owners, AEG.
Basically, it was far too complicated and lengthy of a response for a three minute interview. I should have skipped it, but it irks me that this misleading figure gets tossed around so often. I blame the publicity push of MLS for that, because it's hard for people to differentiate between earnings and salary.
Think of it this way. Tiger Woods wins a certain amount in prize money every year. He earns far more via his sponsorships, performance bonuses and partnerships.
Course, Beckham's salary of around 5 million yearly is still far more than any other MLS player. He definitely is well-paid.
Anyway, catch what might be my only public radio appearance if you get a chance. I'll work on being more tactful in the future.