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NFL Could Contribute $150M For Dolphins' Sun Life Stadium Renovations
Published April 10, 2013
GAINING FAVOR: In Miami, Toluse Olorunnipa reports lawmakers in the Tallahassee “have to change state law before the deal can proceed.” The “biggest divide is not between the Dolphins and their potential governmental benefactors,” rather it is between the “Florida House and Senate, which have two very different blueprints for how the tax break should be structured.” The Senate “wants the state’s sports teams to compete each year for a pot of tax dollars, with the money going only to those who can prove the money will boost economic development.” The House plan “more closely mirrors the Dolphins’ original proposal" -- up to $90M in "guaranteed tax breaks specifically carved out for the Dolphins and the opportunity to raise millions more through local hotel taxes, if voters approve” (MIAMI HERALD, 4/10). A MIAMI HERALD poll shows 69% (666) of voters are for the plan to use tax dollars to help fund improvements to Sun Life Stadium, 29% (281) are against the idea and 2% (23) were undecided (MIAMIHERALD.com, 4/10).
APPLES TO ORANGES? Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said of the comparisons of the team asking for public funding and the Marlins' recent publicly funded ballpark, the “sound bite war against those who oppose us is difficult because it’s easy to say ‘Marlins II’ or ‘welfare for rich people,’ we hear it every day. But the thoughtful discussion when you take a step back and look at the facts … we will bat a thousand in converting people.” Dee added, “We just got to get that message out and explain it in a way that folks know this isn’t about just a free ride. This is a true partnership.” This deal “keeps the Dolphins stable and solid playing in Miami for the next three generations” (“Joe Rose Morning Show,” WQAM-AM, 4/9).