Pro Sports Team in Fla. Seeking Help From State

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- With Florida's economy rebounding, there is a push this year in the Legislature to financially help professional sports teams, leagues and facilities.

Florida lawmakers are considering bills that could pay for renovations to the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars stadiums and Daytona International Speedway. Legislators are also considering whether to use state money to lure Major League Soccer back to Florida.

Gov. Rick Scott is open to the bills, but he wants the legislation to include certain requirements in order to protect taxpayers.

Scott has also asked legislators to set aside $5 million a year to help keep spring training alive in the state.

Some Senate Republicans, however, have said they will not approve new incentives for sports teams without eliminating existing tax breaks or incentives.

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