Bruno Barreiro, Who Took Thouands From Stephen Ross, Removes Super Bowl L Clause From Sun Life Bill

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Bruno Barreiro
For weeks, the Miami Dolphins have been promising that the team won't move forward with the $390 million renovation of Sun Life Stadium if the NFL doesn't award the city a Super Bowl in 2015 or 2016. Well, the Dolphins caught a break.

A couple of hours ago, during deliberations by the Miami-Dade County Commission to approve a May referendum asking voters to help foot the bill, Commissioner Bruno Barreiro made a motion to change the deal so the Dolphins can do the renovation regardless of whether Miami gets a Super Bowl two years or three years from now. As long as it is a Super Bowl. It could be 2015 or it could be 30 years from today. None of his colleagues or Mayor Carlos Gimenez objected.

See also:
- Norman Braman's Contributions Dried Up For the Nov. 6 County Commission Run-Offs
- Bruno Barreiro and Barbara Jordan Collect Thousands From Developers Who Benefit From Their Votes
- Miami Marlins, Miami Dolphins Give Big To Political Committees

Update: The Commission has voted 9-2 to send the deal to a public vote. In a separate vote, they also backed the deal -- including Barreiro's motion -- 8-3. Voters will now get a say on May 14.

It's no surprise that Barreiro is playing the toady role. During last year's election, he collected $6,500 in bundled contributions from companies owned by the Related Group of Florida, the development company owned by Dolphins owner Stephen Ross. The Dolphins also donated $51,500 to political action committees that helped Gimenez, Barreiro and three of his colleagues retain their seats.

When Barreiro made the motion, Gimenez called on Dolphins Chief Executive Mike Dee -- who as a Broward County resident cannot vote for the stadium deal in a May special election -- to clarify why the stadium deal should not have the Super Bowl clause. Dee said NFL owners could feel Super Bowl L or LI condition might "contaminate" award process.

An ultimatum would "puts us in a much less position of strength" when NFL owners meet May 21-22 to make award, Dee added.

It's the first bait-and-switch on a deal that is stinkier than Biscayne Bay after a sewer line rupturing.

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dantevida
dantevida topcommenter

Sleazy, scheming county commissioners, Barriero continues that tradition.  Remember what a wonderful deal the American Airlines Arena was supposed to be, with a percentage of profits from the Heat being paid to the County, a public space and soccer field included on the site and a pedestrian bridge to Bayside constructed by the Heat.  All broken contract promises.  DO NOT TRUST COUNTY COMMISSIONERS to best represent taxpayers.  They are out for themselves.

internetinternet
internetinternet

I love how these deals always progress yet nobody shows any financial numbers. 

dennismichaelgaskill
dennismichaelgaskill

I don't see how an educated person could vote against this.  That being said, Florida does have terrible schools.  It took me a lot time to find a decent one for my son.  It still was far behind the educational standards that I was use too.  Thank god I lived near NASA.

FatHand
FatHand

Oh what the HELL? That is some bullshit. That clause has been touted for weeks! I'd say that means they know we are not getting a Super Bowl regardless.

steveo1215
steveo1215

The team doing poorly has nothing to do with getting a SB. It's not like the Marlins. The Marlins need to get to the World Series in order to have it played there. The Superbowl is played at a predetermined location before the season starts. It's voted on by a committee based on what venue offers the best ammenities and is "due". Older stadiums in smaller cities typically arent considered. Miami is a prime location because of its good weather and easy acccessibility and ability to accommodate large numbers of ppl with all the hotels and hospitality industries down there. It would be a shame if it wasnt awarded SB's due to an aging stadium. Miami has more SB's played in it (8) than any other city. And they bring HUGE revenue and economic boom when they happen. The city of Miami is missing out if they dont renovate this stadium and keep up with the times.

Yaser Castro
Yaser Castro

Not surprised at all. He looks like a douche, and his actions in today's meeting just proved he is.

miamitrev2
miamitrev2 topcommenter

Keep it up Frank  there might yet be a future in journalism for you

John Savor
John Savor

Better to know its a shady deal NOW! so we can make an informed decision LATER

D.f. Basora
D.f. Basora

And then if the team does poorly and we don't get the Super Bowl, people are gonna go apeshit and blame dolphins mgmt. despite the fact that, as with the marlins, it's the fault of the Miami Dade county WHORES. Oops I meant "commissioners".

Ferny Prego
Ferny Prego

Miami, prepare to get f****d AGAIN by "your team and your city."

Dennis Barranco
Dennis Barranco

Bruno Barreiro is a piece of shit, who only cares about making his pockets fatter while screwing us all in the ass.

FatHand
FatHand

@dennismichaelgaskill You don't see how an educated person could vote against using tax dollars to fund a private facility for a billionaire? I can certainly understand those who would support this but to suggest there is no alternative reasonable position is a statement I vehemently disagree with. There have been shitty stadium deals all over the country, some that have left cities in financial crises. You don't have to look far to find them either. Miami is already on the hook for so much on the Marlins stadium, and now just to turn around and commit a bunch more tax dollars? Surely a reasonable "educated" person could find some problem with that.

floydianslipped
floydianslipped

Thank you for this! EVERYONE SHOULD CLICK THAT LINK AND LEARN SOMETHING ABOUT THESE SCUMBAG SPORT FRANCHISES

dennismichaelgaskill
dennismichaelgaskill

@FatHand @dennismichaelgaskill I am not exactly sure how you can even  compare this deal to the Marlins.  First of all the Marlins have like 0 chance to bring money to Miami.  Even if they make it to the world series, haha, It wouldn't bring near the revenue as the Super Bowl.  Miami has hosted many super bowls, which has helped the city and those that live there.  Too lose out on that revenue will hurt in the future.  I am not exactly sure why all of the money was given to a baseball team that has proved nothing when it comes to commitment to the area or building a tradition.

FatHand
FatHand

@dennismichaelgaskill @FatHand I agree with most of that, especially that the Marlins stadium really is doing nothing as far as revenue for the city. But I'm also not convinced that we will not get any Super Bowls without the renovation, nor that Ross wouldn't end up just paying for it himself. I am quite suspicious about EVERYTHING these teams and the professional leagues tell the public to get these deals done. I don't see any reason to trust them.

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