Miami MLS stadium deal now held up while Beckham thinks about local hiring goal

Whuh-oh, the Miami Herald is reporting that David Beckham’s proposed Miami soccer stadium has “hit a snag”:

Already months behind schedule in assembling a nine-acre site in Overtown for a 25,000-seat Major League Soccer stadium, Beckham and his partners have yet to sign off on a string of hiring goals, employee benefits and local-business perks that Miami-Dade is demanding as part of the sale…

Among the benefits sought by Miami-Dade from the Beckham group: job training for local residents; free transit passes for stadium employees; a goal of 65 percent of construction jobs going to local residents; and an agreement that Beckham’s group won’t disqualify applicants or subcontractors “based solely on a prior incarceration.”

Those are the sorts of terms that are technically referred to as “piddly,” and indeed, a source on Beckham’s side told the Herald that they just need to look over the terms more closely. Still, it’s been a while — long enough that a county attorney wrote an email to Beckham’s lawyer two weeks ago saying, “It’s been awhile” — so you have to wonder why they’re taking so long instead of sitting down to do some quality haggling. It’s still extremely likely that this stadium will happen as planned, but it’s also extremely likely that it won’t happen without at least a bit more drama, even if it’s only local doctors and business leaders arguing about whether Miamians are willing to walk for ten minutes to get to the game.


12 comments on “Miami MLS stadium deal now held up while Beckham thinks about local hiring goal

  1. an agreement that Beckham’s group won’t disqualify applicants or subcontractors “based solely on a prior incarceration.”

    I’m all for hiring locals, but why do they care about hiring former convicts?

  2. Looks like the Beckham group is feeling the Loria effect full on…

    “That guy robbed us so bad that we are going to take it out on you”

    Not that I feel bad for him, you understand. Sports owners should pay the full cost for their premises, just like other business owners do.

  3. This has little to do with the Marlins 2.4 billion gift. These same crooks just gave the the Miami Heat millions . This about government picking winners and losers . This government is being instructed to do everything necessary to make odds of success difficult for this business. Putting the stadium in the ghetto and hiring convicts should help.

  4. Buying at market price and paying property taxes. The Marlins will receive renovation money before the Heat owner takes his foot off Beckham neck.

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