Much news out of Miami: Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez says he’s close to an agreement with Miami Dolphins billionaire owner Stephen Ross on how much the county will pay the team for each Super Bowl, college football playoff game, large soccer match, and maybe concert that it hosts at a renovated Sun Life Stadium. The money would come from existing hotel and restaurant taxes, and be used to help pay for a $400 million upgrade to the 27-year-old stadium.
How good or bad a deal this is, needless to say, depends on how much Gimenez is planning to pay Ross, and thought the county mayor said he hoped to nail down final details over the weekend, there’s been no announcement as of yet. The Miami Herald reported that the proposed fee for a Super Bowl is “expected to be between $3 million and $5 million”; that alone wouldn’t amount to to a lot when you consider that at best Miami would get a Super Bowl every five to ten years, but the payments could start adding up if Miami-Dade kicks in for more frequent events like college football and concerts as well.
Meanwhile, a new Herald poll shows that Miami-Dade voters are evenly split in their opinions of a deal with the Dolphins, whatever it may be, with 46% in favor and 46% opposed. They’re also pretty much divided down the middle over the still-unfinalized David Beckham soccer stadium proposal (45% opposed, 43% in favor), but strongly opposed to the already-approved Miami Heat lease extension subsidy (53-38%), despite the fact that some guy in New York called it “reasonable.” Maybe Miami voters just flip a coin when they don’t know what they’re being asked to have an opinion on, but when they actually have details about how much it’ll cost them, they start to hate it? That seems a reasonable position to take.