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6 Rutgers J. L. & Pub. Pol'y 35 (2008-2009)
Sports and the City: How to Curb Professional Sports Teams' Demands for Free Public Stadiums

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SPORTS AND THE CITY:
HOW TO CURB PROFESSIONAL SPORTS
TEAMS' DEMANDS FOR FREE PUBLIC
STADIUMS
Marc Edelman*
On February 21, 2008, the thirteen commissioners of Miami-
Dade County approved a plan to spend $347 million in taxpayer
money to build a new 37,oo-seat retractable-roof ballpark for
the Florida Marlins baseball club.1 The plan requires the county
to contribute roughly two thirds of the cost for the new ballpark,
with the city of Miami contributing three percent ($1o million)
Marc Edelman, Esq. (Marc@MareEdelman.com) is a visiting assistant
professor at Rutgers School of Law - Camden and an adjunct professor at New
York Law School. Mr. Edelman earned his B.S. in economics from the Wharton
School (University of Pennsylvania) and his J.D./M.A. from the University of
Michigan. Excerpts from this article have previously appeared in the author's
Spring 2003 Virginia Sports & Entertainment Law Review article, How to Curb
Professional Sports' Bargaining Power Vis-&-Vis the American City, 2 VA.
SPORTS & ENT. L.J. 280 (2003).
1 See Marc Edelman, Marlins Stadium: Deal Expensive, Maybe
Unconstitutional, MIAMI HERALD, Mar. 4, 2oo8, at A19; Sarah Talalay, Play
Ball! Marlins Stadium Approved: Commissioners Approve Framework for
$515 Million Deal in Miami, SouTH FLA. SUN-SENTINEL, Feb. 22, 2008, at 1A
(Miami and Miami-Dade County commissioners approved a binding
agreement that serves as the framework for a $515 million, 37,ooo-seat,
retractable-roof ballpark and a $94 million parking garage at the site of the
Orange Bowl .... ). See also Michael Vasquez & Matthew I. Pinzur, Bases
Loaded for Marlins: Miami OKs Stadium, MIAMI HERALD, Feb. 21, 2008;
Braman v. Miami-Dade County, No. o8-o3787-CA-15 1, 5 (Fla. Cir. Ct. Sept. 9,
2008). The stadium building plan was approved as part of a larger Global
Interlocal Agreement that also included building a port access tunnel, museum
park, streetcar project, and major league soccer stadium. See Braman, No. 08-
03787-CA-15 at 3.
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