A Miami Herald op-ed from Miami State Representatives Carlos Trujillo and Michael Bileca, who have been targeted by the Miami Dolphins for opposing the team's publicly financed stadium plans:
Since the early days of football, the sport and politics have been intertwined in our national identity.
There are even superstitions established around professional teams like the Washington Redskins and the outcome of presidential elections.
The popularity of football and the competitive drive demonstrated by players and teams is something we can all relate to. It does not, however, mean that our tax dollars should support a billion-dollar industry when Florida’s families are struggling to make ends meet.