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Published April 28, 2014
WATER WORLD: MLS Commissioner Don Garber on Friday "reiterated that the league favors the proposed Port of Miami site, or another downtown waterfront site," for David Beckham’s expansion team. Garber said he and league officials do not believe "any site other than the downtown site" will work. Garber added that there are other waterfront sites “that might make sense" (MIAMI HERALD, 4/27). In Miami, Barry Jackson writes as Beckham "works toward securing a stadium deal that would guarantee a franchise is awarded to Miami, analysts say success at the gate for an MLS team is no sure thing." Miami-Ft. Lauderdale would become "one of the least-populated markets with five major professional sports franchises," ahead of only Denver. Whereas the Heat sell out every game, the Dolphins, Marlins and NHL Panthers all "rank in the bottom third of their leagues in attendance." NASL Ft. Lauderdale Strikers President Tom Mulroy said, “To translate a guy that watches the World Cup to a guy who’s going to come to an MLS game against Columbus on a Wednesday night isn’t the same.” He said of the stadium location, “They need to be in a more centrally located area than downtown, in a commercial environment" (MIAMI HERALD, 4/28).
FISH MARKET: In Miami, Peter Zalewski writes as the Marlins begin a third season at their $639M publicly-financed ballpark in Little Havana, the venue has had a "minimal impact on the surrounding area’s residential real-estate market." Marlins Park appears to have "done little since its opening" in April '12 to "bolster the neighborhood’s residential resale prices, spur an increase in transactions or even generate any sizable residential construction by the private sector." The unanswered question going forward is whether government leaders will "take any steps to incentivize residential real-estate developers to take notice during this growth cycle of the economically challenged area around Marlins Park" (MIAMI HERALD, 4/28).