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SBD/January 13, 2014/Franchises
MLS Toronto FC Set Significant Payroll Spike With Additions Of Bradley, Others
Published January 13, 2014
HOME IS WHEREVER I'M WITH YOU: MLS club NYC FC Dir of Football Claudio Reyna said that the team "hopes to have an announcement by the end of the month on the location of its training facility/team offices, which will be in New York State but not in the five boroughs of NYC." SI.com's Grant Wahl wrote Westchester County "seems a real possibility." Additionally, Manchester City CEO Ferran Soriano "revealed a team badge is coming in the next few weeks, as is the announcement of the team's temporary stadium host." Wahl noted the "odds-on favorite is Yankee Stadium." Soriano said that NYC FC is "looking at several sites in the Bronx and elsewhere in the city" for a sites to build a permanent stadium. Soriano: "We are going to be patient. We need the community to say, 'We want you here,' because we’re going to be here for years and years. So if it takes more time, we’ll take more time" (SI.com, 1/10).
SERVING SOUTH BEACH: In Miami, Patricia Mazzei reported David Beckham's MLS investment group "plans to seek state funding for a downtown Miami stadium and has hired a top Tallahassee lobbyist to help out." Brian Ballard "will work on behalf of Miami Beckham United to pursue a state sales-tax subsidy similar to what other professional sports teams across Florida have received for building new facilities." Ballard "wouldn't specify how much the investors might request," but the number is "expected to be similar to past deals for other teams." For Beckham's team to obtain funding, lawmakers "would first have to add" a potential MLS club to the state's list of pro sports teams. A state rep "tried to make the change" last year, but "the effort stalled" (MIAMI HERALD, 1/10).