Prospective MLS expansion team owner David Beckham has announced that he’s going with the flow and endorsing the boat slip site for a new soccer stadium that Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez two weeks ago declared he was backing over the previous PortMiami site:
The decision to move away from the port site, a location that has drawn powerful opposition, came after Beckham’s group met at Miami City Hall with Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.
“Our goal has always been to build a great stadium along the waterfront,” John Alschuler, Beckham’s real-estate adviser, said afterward. “We view this as a meaningful step in the right direction.”
There are still a lot of moving parts with this plan to be figured out, given that the site is partly owned by the city and partly by the county, and much of it is underwater and someone will have to pay for filling it in, and it’s not clear what Beckham’s group would pay in property taxes or rent. (The Miami Herald reports that Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado said there would be “some sort of” payment in lieu of taxes, and that Gimenez “said the county would require a rent payment.”) It’s a whole new plan, basically, which will require a whole new set of funding details. But until then we can still enjoy the requisite threat display:
Regalado said Beckham’s group said it will not seek an alternative if the voters don’t agree to a potential deal.
“If they fail the referendum, they will leave,” said Regalado.
Move over, NYC F.C.: We now have the first recorded example of a team not only threatening to move out of a town before it’s ever played a game there, but threatening to move out of town before it even officially exists. Can we name this the Beckham Paradox?