Dolphins stadium bill progress: Another three yards, another cloud of dust

The Miami Dolphins stadium subsidy bill keeps grinding through the Florida legislature, passing another House committee this week as an April 15 deadline looms if the team has any hope of getting a May 14 referendum on the ballot. (Dolphins owner Stephen Ross wants a vote in advance of the NFL’s Super Bowl L and LI award vote the following week, which is pretty much the only threat he has to work with.) There’s still the matter of a state senate amendment that would cap annual new tax subsidies for sports projects at $15 million a year, and force different teams and leagues to fight their way to the head of the line — an attempt to head off the burgeoning land rush for subsidies from pretty much everybody, from MLS teams to baseball spring training sites — but given that the Dolphins won’t much care who else is getting money so long as they get theirs, it probably won’t be too much of a holdup.

Of course, the Dolphins would still have to win a public vote, and that’s likely to be a much tougher row to hoe. But hey, you don’t get if you don’t ask, right?

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