in any case, I saw this...
the part of the article that interested me the most was this...
Billy Beane continues to dabble in the soccer world. The Oakland A's general manager, renowned for his "Moneyball" philosophy, appears set to play a role in the San Jose Earthquakes when the franchise, owned by A's president Lew Wolff, enters MLS next year.
And just to show he is keeping up to date with the major issues in the game, Beane has been named on the panel for a major conference, "The Future of Football" in London next month.
Beane will join Cleveland Browns and Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner and former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein for the event.
Knowing the some I do about MLB, Beane has done wonders for some of the small market teams in the league. He has shown that you can have a decent side that can compete while not beholden to extremely large salarys. Teams all over the league, including the Dodgers, have mimiced his approach.
Part of me wonders if Beane will have any success at teaching this same method to teams across the US and Europe.
Perhaps Tim Liewikie could take a meeting and learn a thing or two. That might just help out the two sports franchises he fucks up on a day to day basis.