Off the field, the Galaxy has reaped the benefits of having landed David Beckham. Their investment has yielded tremendous ticket sales, jersey sales and unprecedented media attention (at least among MLS teams).
On the field, though, Beckham has been a bust. He has played a total of 310 minutes over six games and might not play another meaningful match for the Galaxy until 2008.
Beckham will receive $6.5 million for his services, which makes his on-the-field output staggeringly worse.
I was going to do a breakdown of his cost-per-minute for the Galaxy but Steve Davis beat me to it. Steve takes a look at the league's dependence on Beckham and the ramifications of his injury.
As far as the cost-per-minute breakdown...
Games (6): $1,083,333 per game
Starts (4): $1,625,000 per start
Minutes played (310): $20,968 per minute
Goals (1): $6,500,000 per goal
Assists (3): $2,166,667 per assist