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April 19, 2014

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David Beckham: Soccer superstar and … hotelier? Plus, Spice Girls mini-residency in Las Vegas?



David Beckham and Victoria Beckham.

Wicked whispers and racy rumors!

I am hearing first chatter about a possible mini-residency here by England’s resilient Spice Girls. Singers Mel B (Scary Spice) and Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice) are said to be leading the charge to get the other Girls on board as they weigh possible venue offers. Mel was one of the first stars in “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood, so could she return “home” with fellow Spicers in tow to take the stage of the new PH Live theater when Britney Spears is off duty?

It’s difficult to believe that next year would mark the group’s 20th anniversary, so timing for a reunion would be appropriate if only Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice) would agree.

Which leads us to her handsome hunk of a husband, soccer superstar David Beckham. His company, Beckham Ventures, has just partnered with Las Vegas billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corp. (Venetian and Palazzo). Nobody’s saying if their agreement means that he will become a boutique hotelier under Sheldon’s umbrella in Asia or if his brand would turn up here on the Strip.

“The partnership is based around the development of dining, retail and leisure concepts at Sands China properties in Singapore and Macau,” I was told. It is already a big deal confirmed by CEO Michael Leven: “The odds are extremely high that partnerships with David Beckham will help us further the efforts to grow and sustain our brands over time.

“We have billions of dollars invested in our own global iconic brands. We are very excited about the partnership, and we fully expect it to grow in the years to come, especially as we aggressively explore opportunities to further expand our presence in Asia.”

David himself commented: “The Sands team has created amazing resorts. The scale, vision and caliber in all that they do is impressive. I am very excited to be working with them to develop a range of new business ideas in a part of the world that I love spending time in and is full of optimism and growth. Perhaps it’s time to make my move into hotels.”

Just last month, David, who retired from soccer in May, said he has looked at Miami to team up with Miami Heat superstar LeBron James to bring a new Major League Soccer team to Florida. “Being an owner of a team is something I’m passionate about, and I’m passionate about staying in football,” the former L.A. Galaxy player told his fans on Facebook.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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