Happy Monday back from the long holiday weekend, which is to say not happy at all. But hope it’s at least happier than the one had by David Beckham, who according to Miami’s NBC 6 has now abandoned plans to build a soccer stadium next to the Marlins stadium:
Miami City Commissioner Francis Suarez confirmed to NBC 6 that the Beckham stadium deal has been taken off the city commission agenda for Tuesday.
The proposed plan would need to be on Tuesday’s agenda in order to make the December 10th deadline to get on the March ballot.
Sources close to the deal tell NBC 6 that Beckham is giving up on the process to get approval to build in the City of Miami, but that does not mean his group will not seek to build elsewhere in South Florida.
If true, this is not completely surprising, given that Beckham’s stadium point man Tim Leiweke previously warned that private landowners holding out for sky-high prices could scuttle the deal, and before that Beckham gave up on his previous preferred site when he couldn’t arrive at an agreement on how much to pay for it. Still, it would be big news, if true.
All those qualifications are necessary, of course, because whenever you have leaked news like this, there’s always the chance that it’s meant as leverage to try to extract a better price from the people across the table. But for now it looks like Miami’s prospective MLS franchise is going back to the drawing board, so look out, Broward County!