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David Beckham could face legal battle over proposed Miami stadium

Apr 4, 2014, 9:10 AM EDT

Beckham's plans for an MLS stadium in downtown Miami have so far been shelved. Beckham's plans for an MLS stadium in downtown Miami have so far been shelved.

David Beckham has succeeded in bringing Major League Soccer back to Miami, but it seems as though Becks’ biggest fight is still upon him.

Getting plans to build a soccer stadium on PortMiami land is proving problematic, and then some.

On Friday Miami Mayor Thomas Regalado was quoted by the EFE news agency about the project and it is safe to say that he’s a little miffed about plans for Miami’s new MLS franchise to set up shop in land originally earmarked for port expansion only.

“The clause is very specific and very clear from a legal standpoint. It says that if the port’s lands are not used for port purposes then property reverts to the city of Miami,” Regalado said.

According to the report, Regalado has no intentions of taking the ownership group to court, however he wants the people of Miami to vote on how to use the land. That process would likely hold up Becks’ stunning stadium plans that were revealed last month, as red tape has already embroiled Miami’s newest major league sports franchise.

(MORE: Beckham heads to Tallahassee, as Miami stadium deal heats up)

The deeds for the parcel of land Beckham wants to build on were handed over almost 20 years ago, and if PortMiami does not use the land specifically for port functions then the city of Miami will take the land back. That could throw a huge spanner into the works, and scupper any stadium deal on the waterfront in downtown MIA. Several cruise lines have expressed concern over the proposed development, with worries over increased traffic and other factors. However it has also been revealed by county spokesman Fernando Figueredo that the piece of land Becks’ people want to build the stadium on cannot be used for cruise liners or cargo ships, as the water is too shallow.

All of this adds up to a major headache for Beckham’s crew, but I’m sure the city of Miami, PortMiami and Becks’ consortium can come to some kind of arrangement to get this deal over the line.

If not, it’s back to the drawing… and fast.

  1. Vnice - Apr 4, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    You’re *sure* they can work out an arrangement, but if not…back to the drawing board. Thank you, captain obvious.

    And what makes you so sure? How did you become such an expert on stadium-related land deals?

    Another piece of garbage writing from JPW.

    • Joe Prince-Wright - Apr 4, 2014 at 12:09 PM

      If Beckham is involved, he usually gets what he wants. That’s pretty obvious.

      However if this deal goes pear shaped, he will have to work quickly to find another viable solution.

      • Vnice - Apr 4, 2014 at 2:42 PM

        I know my criticism of your writing comes off as harsh, but you routinely exhibit some writing traits that are absolutely maddening, and give your posts a quality reminiscent of a high school newspaper. Baseless hyperbole, such as branding yourself an authority on such matters, is a mistake, and brings down the blog’s level of professionalism.

        The fact is, PST is an extension of NBC, making you a journalist. There are two approaches to take, then. On one hand, you can be a 100% pure fact-based reporter of news. Or, you can editorialize. Davis and Farley editorialize, and offer up a tremendous amount of evidence to back up their thoughts, hunches, opinions, etc. You’ve never really done this. Rather, your conclusions and predictions are often unaccompanied by anything concrete, lending them an air of comment-troll yarn spinning. And when you do report the news, as it were, you often inject an opinion or comment that seems to come out of nowhere; it seems inappropriate or downright bizarre. Case in point, your perhaps unintentional self-anointed expertise in land deals.

        Were you one of my students, I’d have you revise this. You shouldn’t have to clarify your writing after the fact. Something like, “If history is any indication, Beckham and his partners will most likely hammer out a deal” would have served your purpose far better. It takes into account the history of Beckham’s dealings, while acknowledging the uncertainty of the entire situation.

        PST is my main destination for soccer-related reading. Despite my vitriol, I say this out of concern for the site as a whole.

  2. godsholytrousers - Apr 4, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    What is 1 million lawyers at the bottom of the ocean? A good start.

  3. chunkala - Apr 4, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    So Miami is determined to stand in the way of progress and job creation?
    I don’t expect Regalado to elected for a next term.
    Does Regalado mean Regulation in Spanish?

    • chunkala - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:01 PM

      Regalado actually means given away.
      This is a strange coincidence in terms of giving away property.

  4. talgrath - Apr 4, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    The question that has me perplexed (and no doubt, the whole reason this is even a question) is what the cruise lines are concerned about. This means someone else fronts the cash to put up shops and restaurants and hotels instead of the cruise lines. And hell, I’m pretty sure you’d get some tourists interested in taking a cruise down to Miami and taking in a game before they pop off to whatever island you’re taking them to. Run the cruise lines near to the stadium, free publicity when they do those area shots for TV. So what’s their big hang up? There’s money to be made here if Royal can get their heads out of their asses.

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