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More red tape cleared in Miami-David Beckham-MLS expansion efforts

Dec 17, 2013, 7:02 PM EDT

Brand Beckham and his wealthy investors intend to make soccer a success in South Florida. Getty Images

Generally speaking, any official in any city that has tried to get an MLS Stadium off the drawing board knows this painful truth all too well: Once you fight your way through a thorny thicket of politics and red tape you can usually expect to find … yet another ornery layer of politics and red tape.

If, that is, the whole doggone notion hasn’t died a slow a painful death.

Truly, this stuff usually moves at a glacial pace. Today we give you “news” from Miami – such that it is.

Miami-Dade County has unanimously approved a resolution that allows negotiations to commence with David Beckham and his group on potential stadium locations. The news was reported in the South Florida Business Journal.

Miami-Dade County mayor Carlos Gimenez painted this development as a “strong message to MLS and Beckham’s group to bring them here.” Oh, to live in the universe where passing resolutions to negotiate qualifies as a strong message.

MLS commissioner Don Garber was apparently encouraged enough by this big development that he issued a statement: “We greatly appreciate the support shown by the Miami-Dade County Commission and look forward to continuing to work with Mayor Jimenez, the Commission and David Beckham on finalizing a plan for a new MLS stadium in Miami.”

Remember, no specific location has been targeted, although Beckham and his group have made no secret of their preference something near downtown or Miami Beach.

  1. hildezero - Dec 17, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    So I guess this means, it’s gonna happen.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 18, 2013 at 2:02 AM

      once the Lawyers and Politicians get paid it will happen.
      hopefully it won’t cost the tax payers too much.

  2. footballer4ever - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    It will happen.

    http://www.local10.com/sports/miamidade-commissioners-okay-soccer-stadium-search/-/1717082/23529718/-/p2bsd3z/-/index.html

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