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With the clock ticking, the stadium deal has some problems.

On a seven-year losing skid but starting with their best prospects ever for a second $60 million subsidy for a new baseball stadium, the Florida Marlins are yet again down to the late innings in the spring legislative session with the outcome in jeopardy.

"I think it's a dead issue," Senate Majority Leader Daniel Webster said last week of the chamber's newest sports subsidy plan. "I don't expect it'll be back up."

With two weeks to go, though, supporters and opponents agree that anything can still happen with a proposal that, despite some passionate beliefs on both sides, is ultimately a minor issue in the scheme of things.

On Friday, in fact, just days after Webster's pronouncement, an undeterred House committee approved the Marlins subsidy bill, leaving it just one step from that chamber's floor.

And in the Senate, sponsor Rudy Garcia, R-Hialeah, said he has no plans to abandon the idea. "I will continue to work harder for the people of Florida and economic development," Garcia said.

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Crist, though, said he is not ready to give up hope.

"Maybe we can do a little less," he said last week, suggesting a smaller subsidy or even an entirely different concept. "Maybe we can come up with something new."

You can read the whole article to get an idea of what the organization is facing concerning funding from the state, but it isn't looking good.

The bill in the Senate is dead for all intents and purposes but the House bill could make it to the floor and pass.  If this should happen it will be sent to the Senate to vote on or they could put it on the docket so far down the list of priorities that the clock runs out once again on the legislative session.

Either way it's not looking favorable for the Marlins.  Should it not pass both houses, and it probably won't, it will be interesting to see how MLB reacts.