US kids vote Beckham top sports hero

August 4th, 2008 - 1:19 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of David Beckham

London, Aug 4 (IANS) Kids in the US have voted footballer David Beckham their top sport hero just a year after he moved there. Hundreds of thousands of kids voted him top athlete in the Teen Choice Award, reports. Beckham came out ahead of basketball star Kobe Bryant and golfer Tiger Woods. He has also won numerous other awards like the US style icon and Major League Soccer Player of the Year.

Even the attendance at his team Galaxy games has increased and Beckham playing in the US has also led to an increase in the level of interest in soccer there.

Major League shirt sales have increased by 780 percent and even other club ticket sales have gone up. The league Internet traffic is up by 80 percent. All the games are being telecast live and TV audiences are up by a quarter.

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