Reader challenge! Pretend you are a TV news reporter writing for this whole new Interweb thing. Finish this sentence:
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami-Dade County will begin talks this week with a group led by David Beckham to hammer out details of a pro-soccer stadium.
The big question is
Your options are:
- …why they need it?
- …who will pay for it?
- …where to put it?
Okay, that was an easy one: It’s #3, because who cares about money when you can look at Google Maps and throw darts? (Note to readers: Don’t actually do that. You could damage your screen.) Not that CBS Miami’s Gary Nelson actually mentions any specific sites, mind you, not even the site that prospective team owner David Beckham was reportedly eyeing back in November, but he does cite county commissioner Xavier Suarez as being able to “envision a stadium at the port and a network of pedestrian walkways and overpasses tying it and all of downtown’s parks and art and sports venues together,” which if you close your eyes, yes, yes, I can see it too!
County commissioner Bruno Barriero also promises: “The stadium is definitely going to be built out of the private sector’s wallet. We are not, under any circumstances, going to fund the construction of the stadium.” That’s pretty unlikely given recent MLS stadium projects, all of which have at least included free land and/or tax breaks, but it’s a nice promise, anyway. Now to see whether the commission can be held to it — and by “now” I mean of course “not until several months from now when the stadium is a fait accompli and people can actually discuss how to pay for it.”
[UPDATE: Beckham is starting "negotiations" with the county, effective today! Which means talking about possible sites, as many as 30 of them. As for money, the Miami Herald reports that "Beckham’s investors have hired a Tallahassee lobbyist to go after potential state funds." That'd be a way around the county not chipping in, certainly, but it would mean that Bruce Barriero has a funny definition of "the private sector's wallet."]