Yahoo! signs up Becks as footie pundit
World! Cup! Marketing! Yay! etc
David Beckham has signed up with Yahoo! as a pundit, commenting on the upcoming World Cup as well as the upcoming 2010/11 football season.
As a "global football ambassador" the former Man Utd and Real Madrid star will also feature in Yahoo's marketing campaigns.
Cynics might say that Yahoo is inviting unfavourable comparison in linking up with Becks who, much like the internet firm, enjoyed his glory days at the turn of the century - although he does remain marketing catnip*.
The partnership between Yahoo! and Beckham consists of three main components: a David Beckham channel within Yahoo! Sport’s coverage of the World Cup, where Beckham will "share his thoughts and his experience on playing and scoring in three consecutive tournaments"; an opportunity for fans to ask Beckham questions via various Yahoo! channels, including Yahoo! Answers, Y!Mail and Y!Messenger; and Beckham's participation in the Yahoo! marketing campaigns this summer.
Having played both in the US (LA Galaxy) and England, Beckham would be the obvious pundit to comment on Saturday's key game between the two sides. The exclusive Yahoo! arrangement represents a good way to kickstart the partnership. Neither party has disclosed the value of the contract.
Yahoo! recently secured the exclusive rights to screen English Premier League games highlights online over the next three seasons, starting 2010/11. ®
* A Star Wars-themed Adidas commercial, featuring David Beckham and Snoop Dogg, neatly illustrates Beck's enduring commercial appeal.
Good luck to him
Sport is wasted on me, especially football, can't stand the game, but there is one sport I dislike even more and that's the one of knocking the successful. Can't wait to see all the negative remarks about Beckham no doubt fuelled more by spite and jealousy than any actual first hand knowledge of the chap.
All well and good.
One thing being able to do something well and a completely different thing to be able to talk about it in great detail in a way that interests others.
I can play with my balls till the cows come home, but....actually I think I'll stop there.
re: Good luck to him
Football in particular is wasted on me too. Seems to be chocka with lots of smartly dressed overpaid retards.
Also...are the Beckhenhams relevant to anything related to normal people these days?