Millionaire entrepreneur Norman Braman, an auto dealer, may not be going as far as Iâ€™d like in his campaign against a proposed Miami baseball stadium. But so far as he goes, Iâ€™m with him all the way.
My question is â€” Why should any government entity ever be spending taxpayer money on stadiums? There are tickets and promotions and things that raise mucho dinero for franchises. Top players scoop up millions in salary. If big-time sports are not financially viable operations, what could be? And if sometimes owners lack as much money as they might like to spend on a stadium, why should a taxpayer who never watches a game have to pay for it?
Miami-Dade intends to fork over $347 million of taxpayer money plus a $35 million loan. All with no public hearings, no open discussion. No public vote on whether taxpayer money should be splurged on this. Zero due diligence.
So Mr. Braman is suing to expose the shabby politics surrounding the project.
Braman hopes to compel the city to function more responsibly. The evidence so far shows officials have been lazy at best. In one deposition, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez admitted that he had never even seen a financial statement of the Florida Marlins. He never even requested a financial statement.
Thatâ€™s strike number one. Letâ€™s hope Braman pitches a perfect game.
This is Common Sense. Iâ€™m Paul Jacob.