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Miami-Dade County Ready To Take First Look At Potential MLS Stadium Sites
Published December 12, 2013
BRONX BOMBER: In N.Y., Charles Bagli notes Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio "did not immediately embrace the proposal" for a Bronx soccer stadium for MLS expansion club NYC FC in part because current Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan "entails tax breaks, the sale or lease of public land and public financing." de Blasio spokesperson Lis Smith said, "We have real concerns about investing scarce public resources and forgoing revenue to support the creation of an arena for a team co-owned by one of the world's wealthiest individuals, and will review any plan with that in mind." The stadium is on a "long list of projects" that Bloomberg has been "eager to nail down before he leaves office at the end of the month" (N.Y. TIMES, 12/12). But FS1's Regis Philbin said, "I love this idea. More teams in New York means more opportunities for winning. These days, we need every chance we get to win a game. Soccer in New York, it’s here!” He added, “I have just one complaint: They’re building this new stadium to seat 28,000 fans. This is New York, baby, make it 128,000" (“Crowd Goes Wild,” FS1, 12/11).