Sun Life Stadium Renovation Bill Passes Senate, Looks Likely to Get House Vote

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Hey, Miami-Dade voters: Looks like you'll have a chance after all to decide whether the Dolphins -- and their billionaire owner, Stephen Ross -- deserve tax dollars to help renovate Sun Life Stadium. With bills to approve a hike in bed taxes stalled in Tallahassee, the NFL flew out its big gun: Commissioner Roger Goodell. Whatever Goodell did -- gladhanding? Promising to get Tim Tebow out of football? Threatening everyone with photos of Terrell Suggs' gums? -- it worked.

The Senate passed the plan with just four nay votes last night; it now heads to the House, where Speaker Will Weatherford seems amenable to giving it a hearing on the floor.

If the House OKs the deal -- presumably after another round of Goodell's backroom magic -- the plan to give the Dolphins nearly $400 million in bed taxes and sales-tax subsidies would go to a public vote in Miami on May 14.

The bills looked to be faltering in Tallahassee before yesterday's about-face in the Senate. The Miami-Dade GOP came out against the plan, and the bills had stalled in both legislative bodies with a looming deadline. The session ends on Friday, so the package has to pass the House and Senate by then.

Enter Goodell, who flew up to Tally with Ross yesterday and met privately with top lawmakers. (Note to self: Check luxury boxes at the next Florida-based Super Bowl for top lawmakers.)

By the end of the day, the Senate passed the deal -- which includes $13 million annually in tax breaks for pro sports franchises -- 35-4. Two Miami lawmakers were in the tiny minority: Rene Garcia and Anitere Flores, both Republicans.

Weatherford, the House speaker, has previously said he didn't like the plan and has helped keep it off the floor for a vote. But on Monday, he praised the latest version for creating a process to approve sports subsidies, the AP reports -- a hint that the bill will certainly get a vote before the Friday deadline.

Polls actually opened yesterday in Miami for the May 14 election, but so far turnout has been "abysmal to slim" the Herald reports -- presumably because most voters wanted to wait to see what Tally did before casting their ballots.

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emmasofia2010
emmasofia2010

·49ers already started construction on their new stadium months ago. They will definitely be awarded Super Bowl L(50). All this SB-hysteria is based on the Dolphins worried they will lose to the Houston Texans(existing new stadium) for SB-51. Meaning SB- likely will be awarded(or maybe already awarded) to Houston and Ross is using this to boost his equity.

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·Ross just won the bid to develop around 49ers new stadium site in Santa Clara. This is a massive conflict to Miami Dade County, assuming this SB-bidding/competition is reality ;which it isn’t. Ross will stand to make hundreds of millions from this west coast project. http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2013-04-17/sports/sfl-hyde5-rosss-related-group-to-develop-santa-clara-stadium-20130417_1_steve-ross-sun-life-stadium-santa-clara-stadium

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·Ross is also minority owner of AEG. AEG builds and manages NFL stadiums. Conflict? http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/01/21/ross-says-aeg-bid-doesnt-reflect-intent-to-move-dolphins/

emmasofia2010
emmasofia2010

·The Denver Broncos have been granted permission from Goodell to bid for super bowl in 2018. Goodell explained to the Broncos there stadium does not need a roof. The Broncos were under the impression that futures SB venues must have some type of roof to repel and control climate. Goodell explained to the Broncos “football is meant to be played in the outer elements”… Well  if that’s the case then why are the Dolphins proposing a new roof as a reason to get Super Bowl 50?? It’s a lie,,, Ross is using this to boost his equity. Remember Ross massively overpaid for the Dolphin($1 billion). He needs to flip it.

emmasofia2010
emmasofia2010

·“On January 20, 2010, the firm Sun Life Financial officially announced that they had acquired the naming rights, and the name of the stadium became Sun Life Stadium. - Sun Life Stadium WILL have yet another name within three years(2013), as Sun Life Financial has announced it will not be selling life insurance in the United States anymore. It is expected that the Dolphins will be looking for a new naming rights partner”(Wikipedia)…..mmmm… This happens in every city involving a new stadium . Changing the name goes hand in hand with new facilities…Why? Because this is how owners make extra cash on the back-end(changing the naming rights is a big money maker.).. In addition with new or renovated sport facilities ,a new seat tax is always implemented. None of this money is recycled back to the community.

emmasofia2010
emmasofia2010

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-03/as-super-bowl-shows-build-stadiums-for-love-and-not-money-view.html

Indianapolis Colts

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/09/08/sports/20100908-stadium-sidebar.html?_r=0

In this link you will see some teams including Joe Robbie are currently at 0% of public funds. Like the Pats, Redskins, Panthers , Giants and Miami(Joe Robbie) received funds from an NFL grant pool to pay for those past stadiums. This doesn’t mean Miami should now be responsible for newly renovated proposition by Billionaire Steve Ross.

http://www.thenation.com/article/162400/why-do-mayors-love-sports-stadiums#

Why do mayors love sport stadiums

emmasofia2010
emmasofia2010

In conclusion , This pathetic deal states Miami Dade county's  annual  bed tax  share would start at $7.5 million, escalate 3 percent a year, and continue for 26 years. So by my rough math, we're talking a county share of $200 million-$230 million. And then there would  be  a  state sales  tax  rebate of  $90 million over 30 years. So Now , we the taxpayer, are paying around $320 million????.  So basically ,, the public portion will definitely exceed $300 million , before  the team's “repayments”…. Are you Starting to understand the massive  trickery happening  before our eyes? How does that jibe with Dolphins owner Stephen Ross' statement  the Dolphins will pay "70 percent of the costs" of the refurbishment?  When in reality Ross only has 12% stake (skin) in the game.

And speaking of “repayments” , Steve Ross is 73 years of age; by the time the 30 year payments are paid in full ,Ross will be 103 years old. There is no way he will be a Dolphins owner let alone alive to pay the taxpayer back.

emmasofia2010
emmasofia2010

Across the country, NFL stadiums are built according to a simple formula: An owner hints at, or threatens to leave. Fans clamor. Mayors capitulate. A tax increase, or bunch of them, is passed. A new stadium rises. The owner's equity in the team skyrockets…. At the end of the day, a stadium and an NFL team are luxuries for any metropolis. The way the game is rigged, you have to pay to enjoy the luxury (and even if you pay, they'll black out the games,,, sometimes). Miamians should give up this delusion of hope that the NFL will ever stop depending on LOCAL governments and raise capital for their facilities the way capitalists do: BY SELLING SHARES!.

emmasofia2010
emmasofia2010

 

You ,Miamians OF DADE COUNTY, want to know Ross’s true colors? Vote No (you have nothing to lose) and see how Ross reacts. See how Ross’s tone immediately changes towards jumping ship to another city. In other words, the Dolphins(Steve Ross) want to force Miami Dade County to make a decision: Invest in our football team or LOSE your football team.

mcaloon
mcaloon

vote no for taxpayer/hotel taxes to be given for privately owned stadium.  throw out miami mayor

Ken Argüelles
Ken Argüelles

Tip? It was on the house. When you build a killer team, change the logo and win the Super Bowl people pay you man. You need to start hanging out with real winners.

John Viera
John Viera

How much did he tip you for the massage Ken Argueelles?

Troy Brown
Troy Brown

billionaires need to stop asking for money

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

miami dolphins can't win a superbowl since 1975

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

Every year, millions of taxpayer dollars are poured into stadiums, 
hockey rinks, baseball parks, and other arenas in order to attract and retain 
professional sports teams in big cities.  Often the money is spent by 
the cities after a team "threatens" to leave the city.When that happens, of course, the local news media act as the willing
accomplices of the billionaires who own the teams.When city and state governments build facilities for sports organizations which are owned by billionaires, and raise taxes as a result, it is clearly an abuse of power.


it time for more recalls /jail time

Welcome to the American dream--
a billionaire using public funds
to construct
a private playground
for the rich and powerful.




Carlos Ignacio M
Carlos Ignacio M

"oh yeah, it's gotta be the stadium.......let's make it bigger, better, with more food and marble floor sky boxes.....that's it....Superbowl Bound oh yeahhhh"!!!

Burbank Okuda
Burbank Okuda

Totally against it. This is a for profit business..let those who reap the monies pay..that is you Stephen Ross..if we are going to raise taxes in Dade county let's use the monies to improve infrastructure and the people of Dade County.

Sebastian Chaviano
Sebastian Chaviano

how bout renovating the whole team before renovating the stadium?

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