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Opponents: Bill would turn high-school athletes into free agents

When the Florida High School Athletic Association disqualified the top-ranked Krop High School boys’ basketball team from the state playoffs in 2011, it had uncovered that several players, including a Bahamian-born guard, were ineligible to play for the northeast Miami-Dade high school team.

The scandal led to the ouster of legendary coach Shakey Rodriguez, the demotion of the school’s principal, a three-year probation for the basketball program and fines that topped $20,000.

This year, a state lawmaker wants to scale back the FHSAA’s power by easing some of the restrictions on transferring schools and weakening the association’s ability to conduct investigations. Roger Dearing, the FHSAA’s executive director, argues that the legislation would turn local high schools into pro sports franchises by unleashing “recruiting-frenzied sports giants” as top schools bid for top athletes.

Not so, says state Rep. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, in support of her bill. It would “help combat [the FHSAA’s] predisposition to consider students as guilty until proven innocent, and would establish true due process and rights for student athletes, which the current system of conducting investigations clearly lacks,” she says.

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Eustace Mullins

If Ross CAN afford it and pay it back then why use public money? Why doesn't he get a bank loan? Ross lives in Palm Beach. The Dolphins staff and players ALL live in Broward. The Dolphins fly out of Fort Lauderdale. Nothing of the Dolphins is done in the heart of Miami. Miami Gardens is NOT the heart of Miami.

Look up Economists Judith Grant Long. She did a study on 99 major sport facilities and on an average 40% of public subsidies for stadiums that are UNDER REPORTED. Due to issues such as contributed Tax exemptions , Contributed land costs, Infrastructure cost, etc...Meaning with the Dolphins, the real cost will not be 150 or 200million of our hard earned money, but much higher in the $350million!
Other economists Phil Parter(un.of SF) and Allen Sanderson(un.of Chicago) did a study on 30 U.S. cities with new Sport-facilities... and concluded "NO MEASURABLE IMPACT ON THE ECONOMY".
Another study by Dennis Coates(un.of Maryland) and Brad Humphreys(un.of Alberta) found the new stadiums have little or no impact on jobs, because the money spent is typically funneled to a small number of athletes and owners who often live elsewhere(as such with the Dolphins).
To pay part of the $200million public subsidy , Dolphins want the state to REMOVE corporate tax exceptions to Florida banks that exempt our banks from paying corporate taxes on revenue earned from foreign deposits and off-shore loans. This $10million tax exemption is one of the reasons our international banks are here and that today we have 6$billion in foreign deposits!
What could our community do with $400million in tax dollars that Steve Ross wants for his new stadium? 200million will get us a new world class convention center in Miami beach which would employ and create more than 1000 permanent jobs and have 150 event days,, NOT JUST 8 HOME FOOTBALL GAMES PER YEAR! We should have a world class convention center that can compete with Vegas and Orlando... the other $200MILLION would get us a world class aquarium , rebuild Miami marine stadium and build a new maritime center to have permanent boat shows year around. The only Miami in Dolphins is the name. If they work, fly and live in Broward then Broward should help Steve Ross raise the capital.
Who would benefit from the $400million?
-Broward hotels
Do you really think once(if) Ross gets his new stadium he won’t change the name of the stadium and keep all the new revenue from the new stadium name for himself. What about a new seat tax? yep that too! Every single NFL owner includes a new seat tax with his new stadium. That money will not go back to the public. Just ask the Colts how it went for them.

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