Major League Baseball

Sally Falko

David Beckham’s bid to extend a Florida sales tax rebate to his proposed Major League Soccer facility may be in jeopardy.  The Senate chose Thursday to delay a vote on the bill at the last minute.

Florida lawmakers feel sports facilities like stadiums have an important role to play in metropolitan environments.  Not only are they a significant source of tax revenue, but they can serve as a kind of hub supporting complimentary businesses like restaurants. 

Baseball Spring Training Steps Up Fla.'s Tourism Game

Feb 20, 2013
Florida Grapefruit League

It’s time to play ball! On Thursday, the first pitch of the Major League Baseball Spring Training season is being thrown in Florida. The six-week schedule of ballgames is expected to bring big tourism dollars to the state.

Lifelong Philadelphia Phillies fan Mike Lederer bought his plane ticket to Florida back in December. He said, he can’t wait to be in the Clearwater stadium with a crowd just a small fraction the size of what he’s used to back home.