WFSU News Team
Thu January 31, 2013
Should Florida Financially Support Sports Teams?
Two major Soccer teams would be eligible for subsidies given to other pro sports teams in Florida under a bill filed in the Legislature.
A measure filed by Sen. David Simmons, R-Maitland, would add MLS to the list of leagues eligible for a $166,000 monthly stipend from the state.
Currently,the National Basketball Association, National Football League, Major League Baseball and National Hockey League are eligible for the payments.
Major League Soccer has made it clear it wants a franchise in the southeastern United States—particularly Florida. League Commissioner Don Garber said n November that Orlando is among the cities at the top of the list.
Meanwhile, the Miami Dolphins are looking to get state help with stadium renovations.