New Life for New Marlins Stadium?

It's exhausting to keep up with all this, but there's news on the stadium front:

... league officials want the team, city of Miami and Miami-Dade County to come up with a full financing plan by June 9 to ensure the Marlins move off the list of teams that receive millions in revenue sharing earmarked for financially strapped teams.

It sounds like it depends on the city and Wade County (hey, it's still the playoffs) to come up with the extra money, as the state legislature is out at recess. There is a possibility that Gov. Jeb Bush could call a special legislative issue to address the situation at a state level. I can only imagine how popular that would be.

But keep in mind that MLB is notorious for stating that they want things done quickly and then for doing nothing to make that happen. For an example, see the Expos, who were supposed to have found a new home (at least announced) at various deadlines throughout the 2003 season, then it was before the 2004 campaign began, and then it was the 2004 All-Star break. Eventually they moved, but it was anything but punctual.

This is also interesting:

The stadium-financing plan is short about $45 million -- up from an earlier shortfall of $30 million -- because officials say they expect the cost of property east of the Orange Bowl to exceed expectations.

So, they need either $30, or $45, or $60 million. No one is really sure. Besides, there will be cost overruns anyway, so we're really just trying to hit a soft target.

Sadly, I do not own any property East of the Orange Bowl. But for those of you concerned about the impact this will have on the Orange Bowl itself, it doesn't sound good for the view through the open end of the football stadium - assuming of course, that the baseball stadium is ever built.

And I'm completely baffled by this:

"Major League Baseball can not continue to stand back while time passes and the Marlins continue to receive one of the highest amounts of revenue sharing dollars in the industry," (MLB President Bob) DuPuy wrote.

So, once the Marlins get their stadium and stop receiving their revenue sharing money, what happens to the money? Does that free up $20 to $30 million for the Yankees to spend on one of the game's best designated hitters from five years ago? Or a former ace who might be better suited to being a pitching coach at this point in his career?

If the Marlins stadium could help free up money for the Yankees or another rich team in this way, I totally think the state, or the county, or really anywhere, should cough up the money to get this thing built.

Someone please ask Mr. DuPuy what he's talking about. A vague statement like he is quoted as making in the article linked to above accomplishes nothing. It's a vague threat at something that's not very clear, the benefit of which is also not known. What's also interesting is that there's no mention of Mr. Samson or Mr. Loria in any of this. They've been conspicuously quiet since the close of the state's legislative session nearly two weeks ago.

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