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SBD/April 12, 2013/Franchises
Documents Reveal Dolphins Could Have $14M Loss Next Season Amid Debt, Renovations
Published April 12, 2013
ON THE STADIUM FRONT: In Miami, Mazzei & Caputo report the Dolphins “officially launched their political campaign Thursday to persuade voters to approve a tax-subsidized renovation of Sun Life Stadium -- even though the effort might be all for nought.” The May 14 referendum "will take place only if Florida lawmakers pass Dolphins-backed legislation … prospects still in doubt in the tax-averse Legislature.” The Dolphins on Thursday “announced their effort would be headed by businessman and longtime fundraiser Jorge Arrizurieta and lawyer H.T. Smith, both seasoned campaigners who can appeal to two key Miami-Dade constituencies: Hispanics and blacks.” Smith is black, and Arrizurieta is Hispanic. Former President Obama Florida Campaign Spokesperson Eric Jotkoff said that the team “registered its political action committee, named Friends of Miami First, on Thursday afternoon.” Smith and Arrizurieta, who “will be compensated for their work, said it was too early to say how much the PAC plans to spend on the campaign, which will be a month-long dash” (MIAMI HERALD, 4/12). In Miami, Marc Caputo cited sources as saying the effort in the Florida Legislature is anywhere from “struggling” to “limping” to “dead.” But bill backers “dispute this.” Voters only will “have the final say” on the deal if the Legislature approves it (MIAMIHERALD.com, 4/11).